Festival of Sail Activities and Entertainment Schedule
All day fun:
Family Fun zone
Petting zoo 11am to 4pm
Visit Tall Ships
Harbor Police Fire Boat
Cannon Firing Demo's
Tall Ship Crew demos
Photo Ops with Capt Sunny & Pirates
Shop at Vendor Booths
On stage entertainment
Plus on the water adventures!
Gilman Carver (MC, Saturday)
Gilman M. Carver is the great-grandson of a successful clipper ship captain (1860-92), and has done quite a bit of local sailing himself. His mother rode on the ferryboat “Berkeley” from Oakland to San Francisco often when she was young. He has played guitar and sung publicly since age 9, and remembers hearing Sea Chanteys sung by Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, and PP&M. In 1988 he furthered his research into sailors’ work songs and ballads, listening to old recordings at Fort Mason library in San Francisco, and studying books by Stan Hugill, Roy Palmer, Frank Shay, and many others. In 1989 he attended a seminar given by Mr. Hugill. Since 1993, he has performed at almost every Chantey Festival aboard the “Star of India”, alongside the late Sam Hinton, Johnny Walker, and Ken Graydon. His CD is called “Scrimshaw”. He assembled the ChanteyFest DVD which is available at the SDMM Gift Shop aboard the Berkeley. Also some videos from the 2011 Festival are posted on YouTube.com under the name “Gilman Carver.”
Bob Zentz (MC, Sunday)
For five decades, Bob Zentz has been a tireless advocate and practitioner of American traditional music to national and international acclaim. His sea song and chantey performances and CDs have taken him to major maritime venues from Australia to the Netherlands and all points in between, as a performer and lecturer. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by countless folksingers and several appear in “Rise Up Singing,” the community songbook of the folk world, and he has been lauded on The Midnight Special, one of America’s longest-running syndicated folk radio programs, as “a folksinger’s folksinger.” The Virginia native and Folk-Legacy recording artist is active in nurturing the next generation of traditional music performers, in the belief that the future of our world depends upon our youth, and music.
Bill Dempsey (MC, Monday)
Bill Dempsey, the Shanty man on the brig Pilgrim in Dana Point California, is a singer who accompanies himself on guitar/5 string banjo/dulcimer/harmonica/trombone/pocket trumpet/cajon/etc. Originally a trombonist, he has expanded his array of instruments to the point where he is truly a ONE MAN BAND! Bill does shows for children, seniors, families, festivals (large & small, libraries, schools, wedding ceremonies, parties (large & small). He has performed indoors, outdoors, on tall ships, overlooking the ocean, around a campfire, out in the woods, in fancy hotels and casinos, in campgrounds, on a hay wagon, etc. Bill Dempsey was hired to perform for the President of the United States, appeared on an NPR show hosted by Judy Collins, appeared on the Charles Kuralt show, appeared on the Gong Show (did NOT get gonged)!
Biotzetik Basque Choir
“Biotzetik” means “from the heart”. The Biotzetik Basque Choir has been performing since 1986, firmly establishing the long and proud tradition of Basque choral singing in Boise. Made up of Basque and non-Basque singers of varying ability, the most common thread that keeps us together is our love for music and the camaraderie we share as a group.
The majority of the songs are sung in the Basque language, Euzkera. Considered one of the first languages of Europe, it has no Latin, Germanic or Anglo-Saxon roots. Euzkera is the defining aspect of Basque identity as the word for a Basque person, or Euzkalduna, is literally “one who has the Basque language”.
One of the ways the Basque language has survived over the centuries is through singing. From bertsolaris (singer storytellers), to liturgical music, to town choirs, the Basque language comes alive and has stayed alive through song.
Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc.
Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc. promotes storytelling through education and entertainment, inspires through power of word, and keeps African and African American culture and tradition alive and connected to the present through the telling and teaching of stories.
Cowboy Jack & the North County Cowboys
Raised as an ‘Army brat’, well traveled across the globe, then graduating from UCSD with a degree in Sociology, Cowboy Jack began his professional country music career while working at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. He was chosen to sing on The Grand Ole Opry, Porter Wagoner introduced him and he sang "There's a Tear in My Beer". That great performance and audience reaction inspired him to organize 'The Hank Show', a vintage replica band covering the music of Hank Williams, Sr.
Cowboy Jack also created 'Band In Black', an authentic tribute to Johnny Cash. His shows have entertained nationwide including Southern California, Las Vegas, and Branson, Missouri.
Most recently, he has organized a tribute to Merle Haggard called ‘Hag Show’.
The 'North County Cowboys' is a group of musicians from North San Diego County who provides back-up for Cowboy Jack's mix of traditional vintage country music.
DanzArts is an accredited non-profit organization founded in August 2005 by Artistic Director Patricia Astorga-Casey to study and cultivate Hispanic history, heritage and culture via Sabor Mexico Dance Company (SMDC). This Méxican folklorico program will delight all ages!
Flamenco with Roots
Flamenco With Roots is a multicultural dance company that emphasizes the great diversity of cultures & religion. Dedicated to cultivating the emotional & physical health of children, and encouraging self-expression, inspiration & ambition through the art of dance, Director Sonny Burton founded her first dance company in 1976 with the mission of providing children from many different communities the opportunity for artistic personal growth through dance, music and choreography.
Highland Fusion is a talented performing dance company that blends traditional Scottish Highland dance with modern styles such as jazz and ballet. This, in turn, is set to upbeat Scottish tunes which range from foot-tapping Celtic fiddle music to bagpipes and rock and roll. Formed in January of 1996, Highland Fusion is comprised of champion Scottish dancers. Based in Southern California, the group has performed at festivals and private parties throughout the West Coast. All of the team's dancers have trained extensively in the art of Highland Dance, as well as other forms of dance and gymnastics. Together, Highland Fusion's intense energy level and unique style brings an entirely new and exciting twist to Highland Dance.
House of Scotland Ceilidh Band
In contemporary Celtic culture, Ceilidh refers more generally to a 'party' - plenty of music, fun and good 'craic'. The House of Scotland Cèilidh Band rehearses twice a month on Sunday afternoons and performs at various House of Pacific Relations (Balboa Park) and Scottish/Celtic events throughout the year. The current lineup includes fiddles, mandolin, accordion, recorder, whistle, small pipes, guitar, bass, and percussion
John Kraus and the Goers
Taking a pointed stance against traditionally performed music, John Kraus and the Goers modernizes a selection of sea shanties into one relevant and urgent-sounding CD that leaves mockers of trad music singing, and trad music lovers scratching their heads and checking their rule books.
Le Jazz Hot!
Le Jazz Hot is performing lush vocal harmonies of the Manhattan Transfer, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, and the Andrew sisters. The soloist for this “Java Jive” is Adrienne Nims, one of Southern California's most well known Woodwind players. Fun loving and lush jazz music from the Big band Swing/Jive era.
Chayam Khmer Dancers
The Chayam Dance is a joyous expression of welcome and is traditionally performed to receive important guests. Receiving guests is regarded to be an auspicious event and the Chayam is staged to express joy and bestow luck upon the visitors.
Mariachi Juvenil de San Diego
Mariachi Juvenil de San Diego is a non-profit organization that focuses on the importance of music education while providing a positive outlet for today’s youth. Founded by Serafin Paredes in 2001, it is the first non-profit mariachi organization in the San Diego Area, with a mission of encouraging students to attend a University and pursue a career, and awarding scholarships every year to each high school graduating class. Mariachi Juvenil de San Diego has participated in many community events and fundraisers in support of music education; Viejas Mariachi Competitions, Tucson Mariachi Student Showcases, San Juan Capistrano Mariachi Competition, and Anaheim Mariachi Competition where they won 3rd place, and other local mariachi events and workshops.
With a broad repertoire in Surf/’60s Pop, Mowasabi performed at FOS 2011, led by John Khula, who has over 30 years of performing, teaching, studio recording & songwriting experience. He is currently performing with the well-known group, “The Wonders” (Tom Hanks film ‘That Thing You Do’) and gigging with the classic Surf Band “Mowasabi.”
William Pint & Felicia Dale
An intoxicating blend of traditional and modern music reflecting the immense vitality of those who live and work on the sea. Pint and Dale’s music fits into the world of modern folk, rock and popular song, rich with the myth, narrative, rhythm, rhyme and lyric associated with the days of the tall ships. With extraordinary vocals and guitar, octave mandolin, Irish pennywhistles, percussion and the exotic sounds of the vielle-à-roue or hurdy gurdy, William Pint & Felicia Dale bring an energetic and contemporary spirit to their material.
San Diego Shakespeare Society
The Student Shakespeare Festival is held on various open-air stages in beautiful Balboa Park, in the pedestrian friendly Casa Del Prado area. Hundreds of students from K-12 representing San Diego City and County schools, perform 10-minute scenes, sonnets, music,and/or dance from Shakespeare’s plays. Truly a sight to behold and enjoyed by thousands of spectators and proud family members!
As winner of 7 San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative, Eve Selis is no stranger to Roots music. Her newest CD Family Tree features 14 sturdy tracks drawn from the dark, rich soil of American music. Selis and her band dig deep to create a towering opus of interconnected musical branches, all dripping with Selis’s indelible “honey chipotle” voice.
Steampunk is about all things great and fun starting in Victorian England with waltzes jigs and reels and a “Time Machine” set of danceable performance art & music...complete with step dancers and Pirates!
Sun Harbor Chorus
The Sun Harbor Chorus is the San Diego Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, performing four-part a cappella harmonies in the Barbershop style. Founded in 1946, we are the longest-established barbershop chorus in San Diego County. The Chorus has performed throughout the United States and Internationally. However, we are particularly focused on entertaining within the San Diego community.
Whisky Dreams plays both traditional Irish and Scottish favorites and modern pop and country songs, but with a unique sound that is truly a rare blend of the two. Whisky Dreams has an eclectic mix of influences including: Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers, Steppenwolf, Ingrid Michaelson, The Corries, The Who, Dave’s True Story, The Weavers, Big & Rich, Boston, Reba Mcintyre, Pete Seeger, Toto, Cisco Huston, Martina Mcbride, Woody Guthrie, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Chieftains, and Christina Perri.
Sule Greg Wilson
Sule Greg Wilson is an “American Griot”, a world-class percussionist, noted author, storyteller, choreographer, and “keeper of the flame” of the nearly-lost African American string band/jug band tradition.
Since Sule received his very first paycheck (at 13 years old!) for music/dance/story, he has performed for the King of the Asante of Ghana and the President of the Republic of Guinea, West Africa; in Ireland and Mexico; at the Newport and National Folk Festivals; on A Prairie Home Companion; and on the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Grammy Award-winning CD, Genuine Negro Jig. He has worked or recorded with the late, great Mike Seeger; with members of Sweet Honey in the Rock; with famed African drummer Babatunde Olatunji; folk-rocker John Sebastian; and McArthur Award-winning pianist, Reginald Robinson.
Sule’s interactive music-and-story programs--using djembe, pandiero, shekere, banjo, ukulele, mbira, bones, and body--are engaging “no-fourth-wall” communions, full of humor, history, and heart-learned lessons. “We look at old things in new ways, and examine new things in olden ways. It’s a Sankofa thing!”
On the Water Adventures: