BRT kicks off season with Songs of the Sea

BRT kicks off season with Songs of the Sea

Blackstone River Theatre present Songs of the Sea featuring The Johnson Girls and Jon Campbell on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 401- 725-9272 or visit www.riverfolk.org for information.

CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will kick off its fall season with an evening of Songs of the Sea featuring The Johnson Girls and Jon Campbell on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m.

This concert brings together The Johnson Girls and singer-songwriter Jon Campbell who will explore world traditions dealing with the specific focus of songs of the sea and shore. The sea chanteys especially – a cappella songs done while working aboard ships – are an unusual example to most audiences of how music was used in everyday life.

The Johnson Girls have been a force on the folk and maritime music scene for two decades as the leading all-woman, a capella maritime group in the world. Having burst through the barrier of this previously male dominated genre, Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha each bring a special influence to the group. Whether performing at packed international folk festivals, intimate venues, or presenting school and library programs, The Johnson Girls remain true to their mission of keeping chantey singing alive, bringing women’s voices to the fore, and encouraging everyone to join in the revelry.

Unlike most folk artists who look to far off places for the inspiration behind their music, Rhode Island songwriter Jon Campbell writes from a strong sense of place. His music reflects on the uniqueness of life in coastal New England, and is brought forth from his personal experience and great familiarity with his subject matter. At times humorous, at times poignant, these songs are a glimpse into life as it is lived where the sea and land meet. Increasingly, his material is being performed and recorded by singers from Cape Cod to Cape Disappointment, and beyond to Ireland, and he himself has taken these songs to stages as far away as Alaska.

Admission is $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the show. For reservations, call 401-725-9272 or visit www.riverfolk.org for information.