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November James Craig Shanty Session
Thursday 15th November, 7.30

By Margaret Walters
Posted Saturday, October 13, 2007

The next James Craig Shanty Session and will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th November, on board James Craig at Wharf 7, Darling Harbour.

Special International Guest - Charlie Ipcar

Charlie formed his first folk band in 1960, and has been singing ever since. He is a member of the Maine-based shanty group Roll and Go, and sings a wide range of songs, including protest and sea songs. He has made a special study of sea poems & has set many to music.

The James Craig alongside at Darling Harbour

Charlie has released two CD's as a solo performer: 'Uncommon Sailor Songs' in 2004 and 'More Uncommon Sailor Songs' in 2005. Both of these CD's include traditional songs, nautical poetry that he has adapted for singing, and original songs.

Sydney Heritage Fleet members (and their guests) may like to combine this with the Tall Ship Stories on 15th November - Biscuits and buckets - eating, washing and other necessities under sail - with demonstrations. Our purveyors will be Peter McAdam, John Delandro and Jon Simpson. The evening starts at 1730 with tea and biscuits and the talk starts at 1800 followed by wine and food at about 1915. Just in time to head aboard the James Craig around 7.45 for the Shanty Session. $6 per person, payable when you arrive on the evening.

You must book to attend by ringing 9298 3888.

Future James Craig Shanty Session will be on -
- 13th December (the SECOND Thursday) - Christmas get-together.
- 28th February (no January Shanties as our venue will be in Melbourne !)


There's a specially prepared presentation followed by a break for supper (often with delicious home-cooked treats); then a singalong. The evening finishes around 10.30pm. All for only a modest donation of $2 to cover supper plus $5 towards maintenance of the James Craig.

If walking from the city, walk over Pyrmont Bridge, turn right in Murray St, walk past the big white National Maritime Museum and straight ahead you should see the James Craig.

The closest public transport is Pyrmont Bay Light Rail station, or the 443 Bus from the Queen Victoria Building, get off at the Casino stop & walk to the wharf.

PARKING is subject to availability of spaces. It MAY be available in front of the National Maritime Museum. Turn into the driveway in Murray St outside the big white building and then turn immediately left - press the button on the Intercom at the right of the gate, give your name and tell them you are there for the Shanty Session on the James Craig. The nearest alternative parking is at the Casino Underground carpark.

Enquiries about the Shanty Singalongs:
Mike Richter (0419) 992 119 or (02) 9476 3861
John Warner (02) 9559 3658
(Shanty Co-ordinators)

If you like nautical songs, then you may like to come along to a Dan Mackinnon performance. Dan's from Nova Scotia and he sings a lot of sea songs and shanties in his concerts.

Sunday 25 November you can catch Dan at the North by North West Folk and Poetry Club, Gladesville.
Admission: $15 ($12 concession)
Booking is recommended: 9559 2658 / 0414 903 259

The Cornucopia Café is in the grounds of the Old Gladesville Hospital, corner of Victoria and Punt Roads, Gladesville.