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Avast matey, it’s time for the annual singing of sea chanteys (virtual this year)


The sun’s over the yardarm and it’s past time to be getting on with the singing, maties. Strike the Jolly Roger, pull a rum barrel up to yer computer, and shake the rust off yer pipes. We be singing traditional sea chanteys.

COVID-19 might have waylaid the annual gathering to sing sea chanteys at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s historic ships, but the scurvy dog of a virus can’t stop the music — or the technology.

The annual sing-along is scheduled virtually for noon Sept. 19. With help from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association, the maritime park’s non-profit partner, landlubbers can livestream the event.

Park Ranger Peter Kasin will be introducing singers and explaining the songs and their purpose. Singers, who have signed up for performing slots in advance, will share their favorite songs, either accompanying themselves on traditional instruments, or performing a capella.

The home audience is encouraged to join in, assured that no one except a salty dog will know your singing off key.

Details: Go to https://maritime.org/events-home/chantey-sing/ for complete details, including links to an online signup sheet, instructions for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds in case your vessel isn’t shipshape and Bristol fashion.

 

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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