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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities

Shore Memories Music

Throughout the 2004 Folklife Festival, dozens of musicians shared their songs and stories. Click on the links below to listen to live recordings from the Festival.

Songs are arranged by genre. For more information on the artists' home communities, visit the Ports of Call page here.

Maritime Work Songs

Northern Neck Chantey Singers
(Northumberland & Lancaster Co., VA)

Help Me Raise 'Em
It Looked Like Rain

The Whittington Family (Crisfield, MD)

Old Time Religion
Stepped In The Water

Songs of the Chesapeake Bay Region

The Chesapeake Scenes

Bring That Fish Back Home
Anybody Seen My Gal?
Sharptown Blues
The Chester River

Davey Crockett (Tangier Island, VA)

The Brothers Ward (from Pat O'Brennan)
My Tangier
Shaft Tong Boogey

Janie Meneely (Eastport, MD)

The Old Bayman
The Boat Builder

Joseph Norris (California, MD)

The Waterman
Well This is the Life I Live

Them Eastport Oyster Boys (Eastport, MD)

Willie Brown
Back Creek Crab
Miss Lonesome

Tom Wisner (Solomon's Island, MD)

Born in the Marble City
Chesapeake Born
Made of Water

Bob Zentz (Norfolk, VA)

The Old Grey Squirrel
The Sailor's Consolation

Mid-Atlantic Region Gospel

The Christiannaires (Baltimore, MD)

Glory to His Name
How Do You Get the Holy Spirit?

The Gospel Supreme (Baltimore, MD)

Oh, How I Love Jesus

Elmer Mackell and the Faith Singers (Prince Frederick, MD)

Just Trying to Make it to the Other Side
Sit At His Feet (And Be Blessed)

New Gospelites and Sombarkin (Worton Point, MD)

I Want To Walk and Talk With Jesus
Tearing Down Satan's Kingdom

The Paschall Brothers (Norfolk, VA)

A Mean Old World to Live in All By Yourself
The Lord's Prayer

The SAIF Water Singers (Lancaster & Northumberland Co., VA)

I'm Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Wade in the Water

Old-time, Country Ragtime and Historic Popular

Carawan Brothers (Swan's Quarter, NC)

Harbor Lights
This Train

Phillips Gangplank Ragtime Band (Baltimore, MD)

Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay

Songs of "Down East" North Carolina

Connie Mason (Carteret County, NC)

On my Island Home
Throw Out the Lifeline (with Davey Crockett)

Songs for Kids

Magpie (Takoma Park, MD)

Tales of the Blue Crab

Janie Meneely (Eastport, MD)

Crab Song for Kids

Tom Wisner (Solomon's Island, MD)

How Does It Feel To Be A Fish?

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Performer at the Folklife Festival 2004.