Benefit Concert & Auction is April 13

The 3rd Annual CT Sea Music Festival will ring out along the banks of the Connecticut River and throughout downtown Essex, CT the weekend of June 7-10. Festivities begin on Friday with a scholarly Symposium on the Music of the Sea, held from 9am – 4pm at the Essex Town Hall, an evening concert (ticketed) at the Connecticut River Museum, and a late-night chantey sing at the historic Griswold Inn.




Saturday kicks off with a parade down Main Street, free daytime workshops and concerts, a family stage, demonstrations of sailor skills, sails on the Connecticut River, an evening concert (ticketed), and more late night singing at the Gris. Sunday begins with a revival-style hymn sing, more free daytime workshops and concerts, and a free wrap-up concert from 3-6pm at the CT River Museum. Performers include internally acclaimed Tom Lewis, Sean Dagher (of Assassin’s Creed fame), storyteller Jackson Gillman, The Vox Hunters and Flannery Brown, and a host of other New England and regional maritime musicians.

Preceding the Festival is the Benefit Concert & Auction on Saturday, April 13 from 1-5pm at the Powder Mill Barn in Enfield, CT. This year’s benefit concert will feature Kinda Fine, David Iler, Deirdre & Sean Murtha, and A.J. Wright.

The CT Sea Music Festival is a project of the Maritime Music & Tradition Society Corp., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It receives major sponsorship from Privé-Swiss, sponsorships from CT Humanities, The Folk Music Society of New York, Inc., Constellation, The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), and receives support from The Paul Foundation and
The Griswold Inn. For more information, visit or contact Deirdre Murtha at or 203-219-9155. ■