Sea Songs and Stories from the Chesapeake Bay

Event information

Date: Wed, 21 June 2023

Time: 2pm

Cost: £2 to non-members, free to Lit&Phil members.

Type: Event , Talk

Enjoy an interactive session as Janie Meneely weaves a unique tapestry of watermen’s tales and songs that bring to life some of the characters of a traditional fishing community on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. From the spooky tale of Big Liz to the tragic loss of the skipjack Claud W. Somers, Janie captivates her audience and invites them to sing along.

Singer/songwriter Janie Meneely was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay where she spent much of her professional life as a journalist, finishing her career as editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Over the years she spent time as a live-aboard sailor, a teacher, a sailmaker, always “on the listen” for a good story. She remains a prolific writer of songs reflecting her love of the Bay and its people. These days she is joined by her husband, Dutch-born guitarist Rob van Sante who lends his knack for melodies and flair for vocal harmony to Meneely’s compositions. Together they deliver a program that is lively and informative, with a bit of spice thrown in.

Tickets on the door no pre-booking required. Please call at the reception desk on arrival.

This will be the last of our Wednesday talks until after the summer. Talks will resume in September – please keep a look out on the website and our news letter for details of upcoming talks.