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Shanties & Sails: Marc Bernier

June 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $30

Shanties & Sails is back! Come down to the River and enjoy an evening of Sea Shanties. 🎼 Be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun. Book a trip on the Onrust!

Onrust is a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614. She is available for public cruises as well as private charters. Built over several years in upstate New York using traditional plans and means, the Onrust is a wholly unique ship that serves to educate and entertain visitors curious about the age of exploration, the fur trade, and our early colonial history.

Marc Bernier is a Chanteyman, Musician, Chef, and Sailor with a diverse musical and professional background.

No stranger to sea music audiences, he spent over 5 years as a Mystic Seaport Chanteyman. As part of the Seaport Interpretation Department, he presented music programs for both educational and social functions. He has worked as a musician and educator for the Clearwater program on the Hudson River, and has sailed as cook, deck hand, and entertainer on numerous traditional sailing vessels from the coast of Maine to Chesapeake Bay.

As an accomplished percussionist, he is much in demand to play Frottior (rubboard) with many of the Northeast’s most highly respected Cajun and Zydeco bands, and he has played the Bodhran with several prominent Irish music performers.

When accompanying himself on songs he is equally at home with Guitar, Mandolin, and Tenor Banjo. Marc has also been active in Connecticut’s Fife & Drum community since his teenage years, when he began playing in various traditional and progressive ensembles. His notoriety as a fifer has brought him invitations to perform throughout North America and Europe.

Marc has played Skip Healy’s fifes for years, and he works in Flute and Fife construction with The Healy Flute Company.

5:30-6:30 Shanties: FREE, 7:00-8:00 Onrust: $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers!


June 13, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $30
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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