The Columbia Street Seisiun
•Seisiun Tune List -
A printable list of tunes frequently played at the seisiuns.
Before The Mast
(Sea Songs and Shanties)
Budd Bay Buccaneers
(Scallywags and Scoundrels)
(Hank Cramer & Northwest musicians sing historical
Shanties and Sea Songs)
On the Air -
Wheels of the World -
On KAOS 89.3 FM, in Olympia, WA.
Burt & Di Meyer and Dusty
Sing Shanties and Songs of the Sea
"Shanties...have always held a special place in the
repertoire of folk singers and in the affection of those who love the
sea and ships. However, many of the people who cheerfully sing these
songs do not understand fully the significance of what they are singing.
The purposes for which the songs were sung and the jargon they used
were, in many cases, lost with the skills of the men who sailed the
BEFORE THE MAST sings these songs with style and gusto, provides
historical background, and describes the various uses of shanties in
shipboard life. Two of the members have served as sailors and shanty
aboard the square-rigger, Lady Washington, based at Grays Harbor. BEFORE
THE MAST can add a festive and nautical flavor to your event.
Burt & Di Meyer
have been involved in folk music in the Olympia area since the mid-60's.
They helped found the OLYMPIA FOLKLORE SOCIETY and, later, the APPLEJAM
FOLK CENTER, the TUMWATER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, the COLUMBIA STREET SEISIUN,
and the OLDTIME MEDICINE SHOW. They also play in the old-time/bluegrass
group SNAKE OIL.
Dusty Rhodes is a well-known and respected Olympia folksinger who
has opened for several national acts. His uniquely charming voice and
his considerable skill on banjo and guitar added to Burt's lively concertina,
melodian, and bodhran and Di's bass make for a memorable and entertaining
OF NOTE: Dusty, Burt, and Di are members of the Irish group CRICKET
ON THE HEARTH and they can easily include authentic Irish selections
of land or sea in their performance, if you wish, or even do an entire
For Booking Information Contact:
1630 Madrona Bch Rd NW
Olympia, WA 98502
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