Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3:50-4:30pm
Pete Seeger Room - Room #107
The Dogwatch Nautical Band was formed in 1978 as a re-creation of a mid-19th century sailors' band: Large sailing ships often had a number of musicians within the crew who, during long voyages, would entertain the crew and any passengers who might be aboard with music ranging from sea chanteys (work songs) and foc'sle songs to hymns, dance tunes, and popular music hall numbers.
Dogwatch performe...d all of the above for many years at San Francisco's Dickens Christmas Fair -- and along the way, we found many other venues for traditional maritime music. Thus, we have also performed live on three Bay Area radio stations, including Sedge Thompson's "West Coast Live" when it aired on KQED FM. We have performed for museum events, in yacht clubs and coffeehouses, at shopping centers, and at maritime and pirate festivals. We've even made the news with a live TV appearance on KPIX (CBS5) for a broadcast celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge's 50th birthday.
As a departure from these land-based performances, the band has also entertained many times "at Bay" on a variety of large sailing vessels, from the State of California's official tall ship "The Californian" to the 1891 scow schooner "Alma," one of the San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park's fleet of historic ships.
In addition to public performances, we've provided nautical music at weddings, fundraisers, rehearsal dinners, and cocktail parties.
The Dogwatch Nautical Band hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Feel free to use the link above to contact us for more information or availability.