Baltimore Folk Music Society


BFMS Concert Series

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM at Lovely Lane Church Sanctuary

Tom Lewis

Opening act - Lulu's Fate

We are pleased to announce a great concert featuring Tom Lewis.Tom Lewis
If you like songs and stories of the sea, new and old, you'll certainly enjoy Tom's singing and his stories.

Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines, although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, to the loneliness and lure of the sea, as well as traditional chanteys and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies.

Whether he is singing a capella or accompanying himself with button accordion or ukulele, you will truly enjoy Tom’s performance!
As winner of the inaugural "Trophée Stan Hugill", French fans dub Tom "The Springsteen of Sea Chanteys". Old Songs Festival (Altamont NY) declares "This man knows the sea ... from the bottom up!", while Living Tradition (UK) says "Although I always knew he was good, I was not quite prepared for HOW good." 24 years in the British Royal Navy, "provides him with that vitally authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song".

Tom's repertoire—from traditional chanteys to songs fashioned from his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a chantey "to be heard above the gales."

With songs that have become folk standards,known and sung wherever great choruses ring out, Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humor—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again.

We are very excited to welcome Tom Lewis back to Baltimore after a long absence!

We are also very fortunate to have a terrific opening act: Lulu’s Fate, This unique award winning trio hails from the DC area.

Lulus FateLulu's Fate performs a mix of music from the Appalachian, southern string band and country blues traditions, as well as early swing, gospel, original tunes and covers ranging from Hank Williams to Tom Waits. Comprised of Tom Espinola on mandolin & guitar, Kristen Jones on cello and singer Kara Bolling, the trio blends virtuosic instrumentals with lush 3-part vocal harmonies to create new interpretations of traditional tunes. Lulu's Fate is based in the Washington DC metro area and has performed at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Washington Folk Festival, Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Institute of Musical Traditions and numerous coffeehouses & house concerts throughout the area.
Why “Lulu?” Strong-willed, self-reliant, independent and self-assured, Lulu shows up in the lyrics of many southern traditional songs. Her strength is drawn from the strength of her culture. Lulu's Fate wishes to honor her and to escort her into the 21st century - for her fate, in part, lies in the present.

If you would like to see BFMS revive its once robust concert series, please spread the word and vote with your feet by joining us for a fabulous evening of great fun!

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Advanced tickets will be available until May 17 : $15 for BFMS, ATDS, FSGW members and CDSS affiliates, $20 for non-members, $10 for full-time students with ID, children 12 and under are $ 5 .

Tickets will be available at the door also: $17 for members, $22 for non-members, $12 for full-time students with ID, and $7 for children under 12.
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Doors open at 6:15 PM

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