Meneely & van Sante Concert March 2nd

Come join us on March 2nd for Janie Meneely & Rob van Sante as their Winter Tour 2018 brings them to the Watermen’s Museum at 309 Water Street in Yorktown.

The evening will start with a Wine and Cheese Reception beginning at 5 PM.  At the reception, we will introduce our artists and spend some time socializing.  We will also feature our new curriculum on Sea Level Rise and Maritime Heritage.

The concert will begin at 6 PM and continue until 8:30 PM.  Tickets are just $10 per person to attend.  We have limited space.  So, please get your tickets in advance to ensure you don’t miss this wonderful event.  Call 757-887-2641 or email: admin@watermens.org for tickets or for more information.

Chesapeake songster Janie Meneely and guitar-playing balladeer Rob van Sante join forces for an evening of music from the Bay and Beyond. Commonly seen performing with the likes of Alan Reid (of The Battlefield Band) or John Connolly (who penned Fiddler’s Green), Rob adds his virtuoso guitar to the array of Janie’s “Bay-spun” originals, while Janie adds vocal harmonies to Rob’s traditional ballads.

Janie has been writing and singing about Chesapeake people, places and history for going on (gasp!) 30 years now, chronicling the stories of Bay watermen or poking fun at sailors’ traditions. From the somber “Oyster Wife” about the infamous oyster wars to the turn-about tale of ladies on the loose in “Twiddles,” her songs inform as much as they entertain. And she isn’t the only one who sings them! A dozen of her songs have been recorded and performed by other artists at home and abroad.

Dutch-born Rob is a guitarist of tremendous skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano, so it’s no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. He uses a variety of non-standard tunings as well as the odd bit of high tech gear like an EBow, which adds an ethereal luster to the guitar sound. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, working with such stalwarts of the British folk and jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker . . . the list goes on (www.reidvansante.com). More recently he toured with The Battlefield Band, a Scottish group steeped in traditional music.

Janie and Rob are delighted to bring you a few hours of music, merriment and mayhem, and invite you to sing along. Don’t miss this wonderful duet.