Maritime Performance Series

Except where noted, all performances are in the museum’s Harms Gallery starting at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. with beer and wine for sale. Tickets are $20 online until 12:00 p.m. the day of the performance, and $25 at the door. Note: Your name will be on a guest list at the door the night of the event. You will not receive a paper or electronic ticket.

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Fall 2019 Performances



STEPHEN WADE: Getting Their Hands on the Tune: From the Front Porch to the Library of Congress and Back Again 
Award-winning musician and author Stephen Wade explores how traditional musicians reinvent songs, tunes, and stories. How in the act of putting their hands on a traditional tune, gifted players transform it while connecting it to its history and to their own communities. Grammy-nominated musician, recording artist, and writer, Wade is best known for his long-running stage performances of Banjo Dancing and On the Way Home. The Washington Post writes of his performances, "Wade is a master of creating compelling narratives that entertain and inform."


October 25
HANNEKE CASSEL BAND presented by the Southern Maryland Celtic Society and the Calvert Marine Museum
The Hanneke Cassel Band features Tristan Clarridge on cello and Keith Murphy on guitar/vocals. Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher, and composer whose style is a blend of the contemporary and traditional. Multi-instrumentalist, 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, and pioneering cellist, Tristan Clarridge creatively synthesizes traditional folk influences with elements of jazz, rock and pop music, and is leading a revolution among young cellists throughout the USA. Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy is a proficient multi-instrumentalist. He applies considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued band member and highly sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion. This performance is sponsored in part by the Ruddy Duck Brewery& Grill, Solomons. Tickets are $30 at the door, discounts available online at

Knuckle Dusters

November 15
The Knuckle Dusters have performed traditional old-time fiddle, swing, ragtime, country, blues, and hillbilly-jazz music for diverse audiences across the Mid-Atlantic States. While some bands are "jam" bands, the Knuckle Dusters just might be America's best "museum band" having performed for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Textile Museum in DC, the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester VA, and for the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The Knuckle Dusters are colorful characters with a deep repertoire matched only by their miles of musical experience.


November 29
A special Thanksgiving weekend treat for the family. Timothy Seaman is a master of the hammered dulcimer, creating cascades of beautiful sound. Every selection is introduced in a manner that creates a meaningful context, enriching the experience of listening. His musical genre is a vibrant self-styled blend of Appalachian, classical, Celtic, and contemporary approaches. He also plays the flute, whistle, mountain dulcimer, vocals, and psaltery. In anticipation of the Christmas season, listen for a few favorites carols rendered in new and stirring way to usher in the holidays.