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News from the historic Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home in New Bedford, MA, USA

Maritime Music in the Bethel with Tom Kastle and Jon Campbell on June 4, 2011

Please join us for a rare local appearance of maritime musicians Tom Kastle and Jon Campbell at the Seamen’s Bethel on June 4, 2011.

Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, tall ship sailor, and teller of tales based in the Great Lakes who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Pacific. He toured as half of Tom & Chris Kastle for two decades, producing a dozen recordings and a soundtrack for PBS (WTTW-TV Chicago). He has one foot in the singer/songwriter world where his original songs run from the romantic to the nautical. His ballad “Cold Winds” has been covered by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands. The other foot is firmly planted in the traditional maritime world where he is a shanty singer and US Coast Guard licensed captain. Last Winter, Tom had a speaking role in the Candid Concert Opera production of Die Fledermaus. When ashore, he lives in a 19th century log cottage on the shore of Lake Mendota just outside Madison, WI.

Jon Campbell’s music and poetry has mostly to do with contemporary issues along the coast of New England. At times humorous, at times poignant, his subjects include regional cuisine, the fisheries, tourists,waterfront antics and cranky Yankees. He has appeared annually at the Working Waterfront Festival, as well as the Astoria Fisher Poets Gathering.

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