Sing songs of the sea on a tall ship.
In most San Francisco concert halls, patrons run for the exits when
they feel the place moving. During the sea music concerts at San
Francisco Maritime Museum National Park, however, a gentle rocking
motion aids to the appealing nautical ambience. Arriving for a concert,
you're treated to an enchanting view of the city lights from the
nearly deserted Hyde Street Pier. But once you're seated on a
wooden bench in the low-ceiling shelter deck of the square-rigged
Balclutha, lustily belting out a chantey chorus with your shipmates,
it's easy to forget that you're docked safely in a city
harbor, rather than on a perilous voyage around Cape Horn.
Performs in the four-concert series are well versed in the
time-honored songs and lore of the sea. Irish-born Tom Lewis kicks off
the series on September 21; it continues with a concert by American
traditionalists Jeff Warner and Jeff Davis on October 26. Concerts
begin at 8 P.M. Tickets cost $7, or $23 for the series. For tickets or
information on the other concerts, call (415) 929-0202.