Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2016

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

Ballads and Brews

When the festival closes at 5:00 p.m., Friday—Sunday, July 15—17, the more lively shanty musicians can be heard in The Quarterdeck at BALLADS AND BREWS. Making the transition from the daytime International Maritime Music stage to the nighttime BALLADS AND BREWS stage are Za Horyzontem, Harmony Glen and Bocca Musica. Appearing only at BALLADS AND BREWS, the incredible Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers will have you on your feet with their own style of “pirate rock.”

When the festival ends for the day, the music carries on into the evening and the taps flow with Michigan craft beers. $5.00 coverage charge to enter The Quarterdeck for BALLADS AND BREWS, waived if you present your Souvenir Passport at the door.

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Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of the Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their new CD "The World is Ablaze" draws on the fact that pirates sailed the world around and pirate crews were an international lot, so their music would be a medley of styles plundered from all over.

Tom’s theatricality and musicianship make for an explosive mix. His songs conjure up a life on the seas in an era when the only hope for destitute sailors was to go “on the account”, to become pirates.

Ballads and Brews Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
6:45 p.m.
Za Horyzontem
7:45 p.m.
Harmony Glen
8:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
9:45 p.m.
Bocca Musica

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
6:45 p.m.
Za Horyzontem
7:45 p.m.
Harmony Glen
8:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
9:45 p.m.
Bocca Musica

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
All Hands Sing Around

 

CLOSED FOR 2016!

Can’t get enough? BALLADS AND BREWS is produced annually to keep the spirit of Tall Ship Celebration alive during the years when the fleet isn’t in the Great Lakes. Mark your calendars for July 21—23, 2017!