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The Calvert Marine Museum’s Maritime Performance Series presents Pint and Dale at 7 p.m. July 20. Tickets are $5 at the door. Wine, beer, and “lite bites” by Lotus Kitchen on sale starting at 6 p.m.
With vocals and guitar, mandola, Irish pennywhistles, percussion and the exotic sounds of the vielle-à-roue or hurdy gurdy, the Seattle duo William Pint and Felicia Dale bring an energetic and contemporary spirit to their performance. Drawing on several cultures, Pint and Dale perform traditional and modern music and songs reflecting the immense vitality of those who live and work on the sea. Their music fits into the world of modern folk, rock, and popular song, but is rich with the myth, narrative, rhythm, rhyme and lyric associated with the days of the tall ships. They have won an ardent following across the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands with their recordings and appearances at festivals and concerts.
Dale grew up in an environment steeped in the traditional lore of the sea. Born on and raised on Vashon Island in Washington State's Puget Sound, she spent her childhood sailing Northwest coastal waters and cruising Canada's “inside passage.” Her father was a sea captain who brought back tales and treasures from exotic ports of call. Her mother is a transplanted Parisian; Dale learned French as her first language and acquired a lifelong love for the songs of the French seafaring tradition. Her striking vocal harmonies are matched by her creative use of the hurdy-gurdy and Irish pennywhistles, taking these traditional instruments far beyond their usual roles as she blends them into the texture of a song or departs on improvisational romps with equal ease.
Pint was wooed away from his early rock and roll influences by the folk/rock sounds of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention in the 1970s. In 1977 he headed west to escape the cold Wisconsin winters of his native Milwaukee and to pursue music. The salt air of Puget Sound and the rich, seafaring history of the Pacific Northwest soon led him to explore the song and lore of the deep water sailors. With his band Morrigan he recorded an album of Irish tunes and nautical songs “By Land or By Sea,” for Folkways Records in 1979. Along with composer Paul Ely Smith and Robert Kotta in the group Ellipsis, he investigated the unusual combination of minimalist, folk and classical music. Flying Fish Records released their 1984 self-titled recording produced by Mícheál Ó Dhomhnàill. The same trio also performed and recorded as Copperfield, a popular Northwest band specializing in British Isles and Celtic music. The trio opened concerts for Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Silly Wizard, John Renbourn, David Bromberg and others.
In performance, Pint’s emotionally expressive singing is complemented by his powerful guitar and mandola work with which he can supply settings of great delicacy or wild, driving rhythms.
The museum is located at 12400 Solomons Island Road in Solomons. Go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042.
Calvert Library presents ‘Women of Color'
Calvert Library Twin Beaches branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach features Summer Fun, "Women of Color," a play about Mae Jemison, an African-American physician and a NASA astronaut. From 10-11 a.m. July 24 at Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach (Call 410-257-2411); 2-3 p.m. July 24 at Calvert Library Fairview branch, hosted by the Dunkirk Fire Department (Call 410-257-2101); 10-11 a.m. July 24 at Calvert Library Southern branch at Patuxent Elementary School, 35 Appeal Lane, Lusby (Call 410-326-5289); and, 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. July 25 at Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick (Call 410-535-0291).
Be a waterman for a Day
Be a waterman for a day at the Lore Oyster House, Solomons. Experience life and work in an oyster packing house, use oyster tongs, work in the shucking room and sing work songs from 1-4 p.m. July 21.
Located six-tenths of a mile south of the main Calvert Marine Museum campus on Solomons Island Road, this 1934 seafood packing house has been restored and is designated a National Historic Landmark. It now houses exhibits that explore all aspects of oyster processing from receiving oysters at the dock to storing, shucking, washing, packing, and shipping the product to markets across the region.
Learn about oyster biology and how to help restore Crassostrea virginica from the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society. This is a free event.
Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.