Jon Campbell

Jon Campbell owned a workboat before he owned a car. In those days, bay scallops, clams and quahogs, flounder, and lobsters were abundant in the coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay. Regulations were few and the commercial fisheries were still represented by independent men in wooden Eastern Rigs. For the past 25 years, Jon has been writing and performing music based on the wide range of experience available to those people living in coastal regions, the tourists, the cuisine, the fisheries, cranky Yankees and an assortment of humorous and poignant characters.

Jon has been a recognized Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Folk Artist since 1982, and he has been involved in a large number of recording projects both as performer and producer. He is presently retired from a 25 year career in the motion picture industry, and yes, he did work on the Perfect Storm, in addition to many more major releases. To fill in the blanks, Jon’s musical activities over the years have ranged from Camden, Maine to Kodiak Alaska.

Dave Densmore

Dave grew up in Alaska, in several Aleutian villages, with Kodiak being home town. He’s been a lifelong fisherman, earning a full share on a Kodiak seiner by the time he was twelve and purchasing his first boat soon after. He skippered his first Bering Sea King crabber at 23, the youngest Bering Sea king crab skipper at that time. He has trolled the west coast for salmon and albacore, otter trawled for bottom fish, and fished Alaska for black cod and halibut, king crab, tanner and dungeness crab. He currently fishes salmon out of Kodiak, AK and is gearing up for crab.

Dave started writing poetry in the late 70’s “long before I heard anyone else write anything about commercial fishing.” He’s been published in numerous trade papers, magazines, and newspapers and has a byline in a quarterly, the Columbia River Gillnetter. He was featured in the documentary Fisherpoets and on Good Morning America. A regular at the Astoria Fisherpoet’s Gathering, Dave has also performed in Elko Nevada at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and at events from fish fries to a sculpture dedication for the world renowned artist Mia Lin.

New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus

Hosted and organized by the Schooner Ernestina, this 43-member chorus was created in 2001, and is made up of some of the Ernestina’s most vocal volunteers. The repertoire includes a variety of chanteys and songs that reflect the rich maritime heritage of New Bedford and the region. Sea Chanteys were traditionally sung as work songs on board sailing ships both as a way to pass the time and as a means of helping establish a rhythm for various types of work aboard the ship. As a sampler of musical traditions connected to New Bedford Harbor and the New England seafarer, their performances feature the chanteys of the Yankee sailor, along with the ballads and ditties of global mariners and coastwise fisherfolk in North America, the Cape Verde Islands, and the British Isles.

NØÍR

NØÍR emerged from the vibrant folk scene of Southeastern Massachusetts in 2010. Centered around the admiration each musician has for regional European roots music, NØÍR sought to create a unique sound by combining the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle (Hardingfele), Irish fiddle, and Irish uilleann pipes. This new voice, combined with solid rhythmic underpinnings of the bouzouki and guitar, breathes new life into the enduring melodies of their respective traditions. The members of NOIR are Mark Oien on Fiddle & Hardanger, Torrin Ryan on Uilleann Pipes (pronounced ILLIN), Stuart Peak on Guitar & Bouzouki, and Johnny Coe on Guitar & Drums.

Sharks Come Cruisin’

Sharks Come Cruisin’ play an energetic mix of original and traditional sing-along songs, keeping the themes of audience participation and celebration at the center of their music and live performances. SCC has played several festivals up and down the Eastcoast, from Florida to Maine. They have played with Dropkick MurphysThe Loved Ones (Fat Wreck Chords), and Lemuria (Bridge Nine Records). They have been compared to Flogging Molly, The Pogues, and Against Me! and have been described as sea shanty punk, Irish punk, and folk punk.

Sharks Come Cruisin’ play an energetic mix of original and traditional sing-along songs, keeping the themes of audience participation and celebration at the center of their music and live performances. SCC has played several festivals up and down the Eastcoast, from Florida to Maine. They have played with Dropkick MurphysThe Loved Ones (Fat Wreck Chords), and Lemuria (Bridge Nine Records). They have been compared to Flogging Molly, The Pogues, and Against Me! and have been described as sea shanty punk, Irish punk, and folk punk.

Interested in performing or participating in the Festival?
The Festival features maritime and ethnic music that relates to the commercial fishing industry.

Send press packet and sample recording to info@WorkingWaterfrontFestival.org or mail to:
Working Waterfront Festival
PO Box 6553
New Bedford, MA 02742-6553