Faithfully Recreating the 19th Century Through Music


 The Jolly Tars perform historical music  including:

  • Seafaring songs and Chanteys of America and the British Isles
  • Irish and Irish-American songs and tunes
  • Civil War Ballads, Hymns and Marches
  • Songs of the Industrial Revolution
  • American popular songs and tunes of the era
  • Contemporary songs about historical subjects

  Since 2012, The Jolly Tars have been dramatically recreating the music of the golden age of sail in performance from southern New England throughout the  Mid-Atlantic States. Their presentations feature rousing chanteys, pensive ballads and lively clawhammer banjo tunes. Their programs are liberally seasoned with anecdotes of the life and times of 19th century sailors and their ships.  Accompanied by Jake’s clawhammer banjo and Ken’s guitar playing, the Tars' rousing and poignant vocals are complemented by, harmonica, whistle, banjo-ukulele, percussion instruments and  piano. Attired as sailors from the halcion days of square rigged sailing ships, the Tars' look and sound transport audiences back to the days of wooden ships and iron men.


The Jolly Tars . . .
  • Are well suited for stationary or strolling performances.
  • Perform acoustically or with a sound system.
  • Are a natural choice for maritime festivals, heritage and living history events, folk festivals, museums, public houses, schools and concerts on both an intimate and grand scale.
  • Can bring nautical artifacts to display and examine.



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 For booking information call: 610-740-9890