After Work Concert Series | News Release | City of Alexandria

Alexandria After Work Concert Series


Join us in Old Town Alexandria each second Friday of the month for a concert sponsored by The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and The Office of Historic Alexandria. Locations will rotate between the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House (517 Prince Street), Lloyd House (220 North Washington Street), and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum (201 South Washington Street).

Friday, July 13 features the Ship’s Company Chanteymen singing traditional chanties and songs of the sea at Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street. The Ship’s Company Chanteymen will blow you down with gale-force voices and traditional chanteys and forebitters from the age of wooden ships powered by wind, elbow grease, and sometimes the cat o’ nine tails. For more than a decade, the Ship’s Company Chanteymen have shared sea salts’ songs with tens of thousands all over the East Coast. Aside from being scurvy-free, they portray the musical part of nautical life in the 1700s and 1800s. Many of their songs originally set a pace to keep ship crews rowing in time or doing rhythmic chores such as turning a capstan. Some just filled long hours or lonely nights at sea. Simple and direct, wild and spirited, salty and rough as a North Atlantic gale, they reflected the sailors themselves. The practice of voicing rhythmic sounds while working may be as old as mankind and probably is intrinsic to human nature. With rollicking tunes and sing-along choruses, it’s also fun. Great music with a suggested donation for the musicians. No ticket required – show up and enjoy the music! Co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Future concerts include:

Friday, August 10: Cat and Fiddle, Renaissance and early music (Murray-Dick-Fawcett House – rain plan: The Lyceum)

Friday, Sept 14: After the Flood – “Newgrass”/folk Americana string band with soaring harmonies (Murray-Dick-Fawcett House – rain plan: The Lyceum)

Friday, Oct 12: The Natterjacks – English, Celtic, maritime, and middle eastern traditions played on guitar, violin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, flute, and percussion (Murray-Dick-Fawcett House – rain plan: The Lyceum)

Friday, Nov 9: Cold Chocolate – groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock (Lloyd House)

Friday, Dec 14 Jim & Anna Holloway – history of Christmas traditions reflected in Christmas songs and carols. Illustrated lecture with sing-along opportunities. (The Lyceum)


All concerts run from 6-8 p.m. $15 suggested donation for the musicians, light refreshments available, and a cash bar.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail jim.holloway@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4994.


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