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Sailor's Prayer



2014 Chicago Maritime Festival Featured Performers 


Bob Zentz is an award-winning singer of over 2,000 songs, consummate songwriter, teacher, poet, folk festival organizer, folk music promoter, producer, music store proprietor, master of twenty instruments, and a teller of "the tales behind the songs". Bob is no stranger to the decks of Navy vessels, sailing ships, the waters of his beloved Chesapeake Bay, and the beyond.  He  began performing professionally in his native Norfolk, Virginia in The Troubadours, with James Lee Stanley;  did two-year stint as a sonar man in the U.S. Coast Guard;  was a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour;  ran Ramblin' Conrad’s Guitar Shop & Folklore Center became the hub for all things folk in Hampton Roads for 23 magical years;  an educator at the Mariners Museum in Newport News;  appeared on A Prairie Home Companion; and performed  and crewed aboard Pete Seeger's Hudson River sloop Clearwater.  He has been featured at host of festivals across the United States and in Finland, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand.


The HardTackers Shanty Crew is based in Columbus, Ohio.  Performing as a quintet, they will sing songs about seas, lakes, rivers, canals--anything wet.   People sometimes ask, "Columbus, Ohio...what sea is that on?" To which they reply, "The wind may be from the prairie, but the music is from the water." Ohio has a long and proud tradition of water transportation, bounded on the north by Lake Erie, on the south by the Ohio River, and having a network of navigable rivers and a couple of historic canals spanning the two. Ohio is the only state whose State Flag is a burgee.  They are the official Shanty Crew of the Santa Maria, a full-size replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship docked on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.  They are a fully acapella group that has performed throughout the Midwest and in Canada.


Ed Trickett has performed as a soloist and in collaboration with Anne Mayo Muir, Gordon Bok, Sarah Grey and others in concert and on the much revered Folk Legacy record label.  He looks for the hidden truths in songs, and sings them in a manner that gives new meaning to old songs. Singing in a very gentle manner, Ed usually accompanies himself on guitar, although he is also an accomplished piano player.  His repertoire as an interpreter of songs includes a vast treasure of traditional and contemporary maritime material.  A full time Professor of Psychology at UIC, he doesn't consider himself as a "professional” musician, but he is, indeed, a professional in every sense of the word.


The Barbary Ghosts play music of seafaring and the bar rooms of times past. Based in San Francisco, much of the group’s inspiration comes from the city’s storied history as a mecca for fortune seekers, adventurers, and social misfits. Guitarist Shawn Magee and accordionist Joan Wilson Rueter formed the band in 2009, combining a shared love of sailing and folk music and later added Jay Doane on fiddle creating a characteristic blend that draws influence from Irish, Canadian, and American old-time traditions.



Tom and Chris Kastle's songs and stories reflect their lives as singers, sailors, and travelers. They have toured throughout the United States, where their performance credits span Mystic Seaport Museum and Passim to the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Friends of Florida Folk. Tom and Chris teach at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and have been featured on public radio and television shows coast to coast. They have also appeared at concert venues and festivals across Europe and New Zealand. Tom has served as captain aboard several Great Lakes tall ships, currently tours internationally as a solo, and is the Narrator (with small singing parts) for the Candid Concert Opera Company in Madison, Wisconsin. Chris has served as the Director of Education at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in Florida, is currently the Community Educator for Friends of A1A Historic and Scenic Byway, a teaching artist for VSAFL, an affiliate of the Kennedy Center, and tours nationally as a solo act. They are founders and directors of the Chicago Maritime Festival.;

Special Guests 

Bounding Main

Dean Calin, Christie Dalby, Gina Dalby, Jon Krivitzky, David Yondorf. Bounding Main is a costumed vocal group that sings richly harmonic versions of traditional maritime songs. Their shows are filled with spirit, humor and harmony; their arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of adventure, romance and fun. Each member of Bounding Main is a music and theater veteran, with diverse entertainment backgrounds. Their performances and CDs have been well received with brisk US and international sales. They have performed at music festivals, nautical festivals, tall ships events, maritime museums, renaissance faires, folk music venues and corporate events on both sides of the Atlantic. Bounding Main has just released their fourth CD, Kraken Up, which will be available for sale at the festival.

David H.B. Drake 

Performing on guitar, concertina, dulcimer, banjo, and Native flute, Wisconsin troubadour David HB Drake has spent over twenty years presenting concerts throughout the Midwest. Deep heartland roots and the waters of the Great Lakes flow throughout David's music in a panorama of history and discovery.

David was named "Folk / Acoustic Music Artist of the Year" and "Family Performer of the Year" by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and was presented with the "Lantern Bearer" Life Achievement Award in 2003 at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest. His KIDSTUFF album received a "Parents' Choice" award for outstanding children's music.

In addition to being a professional dancer with Betty Salamun's DANCECIRCUS and the Milwaukee Ballet, a stage lighting designer, and actor, troubadour and swordsman with the "Ring of Steel" theatrical combat troupe, David has performed on tall ships on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Great Lakes and is the resident musician for the schooner "Denis Sullivan", Wisconsin's flagship.

The Chicago Sea Shanty Singers

The Chicago Sea Shanty Singers are a group of friends who have been getting together every month to sing sea shanties since 2009, these days at The Atlantic Bar & Grill, a cozy pub on the north side of Chicago.   Their gatherings are about the joy of singing and harmonizing with others and are open to anyone who wants to grab a pint and join in.  Over the years they've found that there is nothing better than a rousing sea shanty for singing together, whether you are a sailor or a landlubber.

Come join their next sing, for more information visit their group on Yahoo: or email