Monday, March 5, 2012

Sound School’s S.S. Chanteens to perform at New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum will act as host for a concert this month featuring the Sound School’s S.S. Chanteens to celebrate the history of the large Irish immigrant population that settled in the Elm City in the 19th century, according to a statement.
At 7 p.m. March 14, the S.S. Chanteens will perform sea shanties and traditional Irish music, the statement said. Hear a sample of the music here.
"A delicious door prize will also be available: Irish soda bread from Chestnut Fine Foods," the statement said. 
Visitors can also enter a raffle for a gift certificate to The Playwright in Hamden. 
Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
"The Sound School Regional Aquaculture Center, located at City Point along New Haven Harbor Connecticut, has proven to be an ideal home for sea shanties," the statement said. "As song filled the air around campus, and the magic of this language became contagious."
The S.S. Chanteens formed in 2002, with many of its members coming from the rowing and sailing teams. Paula Daddio, previously of the trio Shipping News, and Kristi Otterbach act as the group’s advisors, the statement said. 
Members of the group change every few years, but "they all have an incredible love of the water and a passion for shanties and other traditional music. They perform with the expected enthusiasm of a group of teenagers."
Special thanks goes to the NewAlliance Foundation for their support, the statement said.
The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Ave. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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