BATH — If you can’t hear the wind in the rigging when William Pint and Felicia Dale break out in song, then you’re not listening.
The Seattle-based duo will present a lively program of maritime music old and new at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, on the main stage of the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St.
Be prepared to sing along. Whether it’s a familiar tune like “Cape Cod Girls” or a new rendition of “Handsome Cabin Boy,” Pint and Dale relish the added vocals. “There are only two of us,” Pint points out. “It’s nice to fill out the choruses and make it sound more like it would have sounded on the deck of a working ship.”
Pint hails from Milwaukee, but found himself — and maritime music — while on sojourn in the Puget Sound area. There he met Dale, a sea captain’s daughter. In the ensuing two decades the couple has performed around the world, collecting songs from the British Isles, the coastal regions of France, the Canadian Maritimes as well as the Northeast U.S.
Nine albums to date showcase their powerful harmonies and dramatic instrumental work (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, penny whistles, and hurdy-gurdy); their songs range from traditional work chanteys like “One More Day” to ghostly ballads like “Tryphina’s Extra Hand” to true tales of courage like “Harbo and Samuelson,” about folks who dared to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat.
One of the attractions of their performances is Felicia’s hurdy-gurdy, an instrument dating back to the 12th century. It is basically a mechanical violin, but is played by turning a crank while fingering a keyboard.
Felicia Dale and William Pint