Join us for an evening of authentic 19th Century Sea Chanteys and Popular Music with The Jolly Tars!
Jake began to perform at fireside while civil war reenacting in the mid 1990s. About that time Jake and Ken started working together in a pick-up band performing Civil War music for Civil War roundtables and at a concert presented by Muhlenberg College. Since then Jake has amassed a respectable repertory of songs and tunes that span three hundred years and has added the mandolin and other folk instruments to his musical arsenal.
A former member of the Pennsylvania Irish musical group, The Shanachians, Ken’s lifelong interest in historical music has led him to explore the rich diversity of maritime musical traditions. Focusing on songs from the golden age of sail and particularly on the legacy of sailors from the British Isles. Ken utilizes piano, guitar, ukulele, concertina and bodhran to support his vocals. He strives to offer faithful recreations of stirring chanteys and ballads from the days of wooden ships and iron men.
Ken's repertory of songs of war, whaling, wrecks and woe and laments of love and longing are liberally seasoned with a dash of silly songs and salty numbers as well. These offerings combine and simmer to create a sublime musical lobscouse fit for any son of the sea. In 2011 Ken and Jake started playing nautical music together and thus, the Jolly Tars was born.