Issue: March 2002
Songs of the Sailor

     Norfolk-based singer-songwriter Bob Zentz will pull out his squeeze box and celebrate the “Seasons of the Sailor” in a new concert series slated to start this month on the Bay. “A sailor’s life is bound up in cycles,” Zentz says, “from the changing of the tides and the changing of the seasons, to being outward bound and homeward bound.” These cycles and changes give rise to various traditions-with songs to match. And instruments too. Besides the concertina, Zentz’s banjo, cittern, Autoharp and harmonica add a variety of sound and texture to his lively mix of chanteys, ballads and nautical poetry. Himself a Coast Guard veteran and avid sailor, Zentz has spent years collecting and chronicling the life and times of mariners.

     The series begins March 15 at the Calvert Marine Museum (7:30 p.m.; 410-326-2042) in Solomons, Md., then moves to the Prince Theatre (8 p.m.; 410-810-2060) in Chestertown, Md., on March 16. Zentz expects to continue the concerts in June, September and December, although no dates had been set as this issue went to press. Keep an eye on our Cruiser’s Calendar for updates.

     Speaking of concerts: Magpie, the Washington-area folk duo consisting of Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, will be headlining a program for the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum on March 2 to raise money for museum’s Susquehanna Flats Environmental Center. Magpie’s combination of original and collected tunes reflect the rhythms of the Bay and its ecology. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12 for museum members). Call 410-939-4800 for reservations.