Songs of the Sea & Sea
Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin
Sea shanties were the work songs of sailors before the invention of steam
driven ships. They were used to coordinate the hoisting of sails, general
hauling, and work at the capstan (raising the anchor), among others shipboard
duties. Richard will briefly describe the
different types of shanties and their use but the workshop will primary
consist of as much singing as possible. Audience participation is encouraged.
Richard’s interest in traditional music began
in the early 70s when he moved to California. He was part of several
groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best known of which was Out
of the Rain. The band was active from 1983 to 1995 and recorded two studio
cassettes, A Common Treasury and Song of the Wage Slave. Richard also
produced With the Friends I Love Best, a compilation CD of live concert
recordings from Out of the Rain performances.
Richard is one of the regular
shanty singers at Hyde Street Pier’s
monthly shanty sings in San Francisco, held aboard one of the historic
sailing ships moored there. In 2002 he released Time Ashore is Over,
a recording of sea shanties and sea songs featuring a chorus of singers
from Hyde Street Pier. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Richard also has
a keen interest in songs of the Great Lakes sailors.
In addition to being
a vocalist, Richard also plays the guitar, tin whistle and fiddle.
Peter Kasin took a strong interest in sea music after
hearing a recording of Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd, and after having
first attended one of the monthly chantey sings at Hyde Street Pier in
late 1989. In addition to his singing, he plays fiddle in the four-piece
instrumental sea music band Nauticus, and with the San Francisco Scottish
Fiddlers. He can be found most Sunday nights in the Irish session at
the Starry Plough, hosted by fellow Nauticus bandmate Shay Black, in
his hometown of Berkeley. Peter also organizes sea music concerts and
festivals in San Francisco.
Website for San Francisco Maritime National
Historical Park: http://www.nps.gov/safr/local/ship.html