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.

Joanne Doherty

Born and raised on the Southcoast with the working waterfront in her blood, Joanne Doherty spent her childhood climbing on her father’s scallop boats and painting them for summer jobs. For over 15 years, she has been performing throughout New England, spinning her magic on a wide variety of songs selected from an eclectic catalogue of folk, blues, and old standards combining her deft and delicate stylings on guitar and ukulele with a rich, smooth voice.

Charlotte Enoksen

Charlotte Enoksen’s father emigrated from Norway’s Loften Islands and pursued the work of generations before him, owning two fishing vessels, F/V Porpoise and F/V Louise. Once married to a fisherman, Enoksen’s poetry often reflects the lives of those left on shore. Her work is both creative and cathartic, a “song without accompaniment.”

Charlotte is a frequent contributor to the Something Fishy sessions. She is featured in the Festival’s book Voices from the Waterfront: Portrait of the New Bedford Fishing Industry.

Tom Goux

For over three decades, Tom Goux has been collecting and performing chanteys, ballads and ditties of the New England seafarer.  A resident of Cape Cod, he has made a specialty of the songs and poetry of the Yankee mariner, bringing to life the salty sentiments of deep-water mariners, intrepid whalermen and coastal fisherfolk.  Accompanied by concertina, guitar, ukulele and tiple, his selections span three centuries of music and verse commemorating the American maritime epoch.

A partial listing of his performance credits includes the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the Galveston Historical Society.  On the Pacific coast he has given concerts at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Ventura County Maritime Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  He has recorded on the Smithsonian Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels and for several PBS projects.

In addition to his solo performances, he is leader of the New England chantey trio known as the Rum Soaked Crooks, well known to festival audiences throughout the region, and is the founding director of the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus.

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.

Ana Vinagre

Ana Vinagre is one of the area’s best known, and most respected Fadistas. Born in Portugal, she immigrated to New Bedford as a young woman with her husband Jose. Both had been members of folkloric dance and music ensembles and they have continued to perform at area Portuguese restaurants, community events, and in festivals and concerts around the nation. They take great pride in their culture and enjoy teaching American audiences about the tradition of Fado music, a genre that developed in the port city of Lisbon and was performed at waterfront clubs and bars frequented by sailors and seamen.

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

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Working Waterfront Festival
PO Box 6553
New Bedford, MA 02742-6553