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Sea Shanties: Songs sailors sang

Enjoying the Block Island Maritime Institute Tuesday Night Lecture Series? Great.
But for a break and some fun next Tuesday BIMI is bringing back two of the island’s most popular singers of the late 1980s: Jon Campbell and Everett Brown. They will appear at the Cove Room at the BIMI Center on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Jon and Everett have played many times together. Do you remember Jon at the old Royal Hotel or the pre-renovated National Hotel, before he went on to fame? Or Everett playing at the Mystic Seaport Museum or playing with the Wickford Express or Compass Roads bands?
Both entertainers bring a little something different to the party.
Everett (whose daughter, Persephone, runs her coffee shop on the island) does the more traditional nautical songs and shanties, encouraging the audience to participate in the choruses.
Jon, on the other hand is more contemporary and is also a songwriter. He has a few Block Island songs loaded with nostalgia  and humor that he probably will play. Then when they play and sing together, you can’t help yourself from singing and laughing “like a drunken sailor.”
This is a performance not to be missed. If you are of the younger generation and have never heard sea shanties, or Jon and Everett sing them, well ‘‘tis best you do.” It will be a rewarding evening.
Bring the family. It’s free and refreshments will be served.
 

 

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