Maritime Folknet announces the release of a music CD with sixteen new songs about the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks. Copies of the CD will be free to non-profit organizations, schools, and libraries.
Non-profit organizations can pick up their copy of the CD at one of the monthly AKCHO meetings, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have the CD mailed to you.
At the next AKCHO meeting at 10:30 AM on September 26, three of the songs from the CD will be performed live by the songwriters. The meeting will be in the auditorium of the Visitor Center at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka the Ballard Locks), 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle. The live music will be followed by a program on “Lessons Learned from ‘Making the Cut’ Centennial Commemoration”. For more meeting details, click here.
The songs on the CD were the winners in a songwriting contest organized by Maritime Folknet, a non-profit organization that continues the legacy of Northwest maritime music. This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. Recording, mixing and mastering were done at Jack Straw Cultural Center.
The Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks: triumph or tragedy? At the centennial of the canal’s completion, these songs explore its lasting impact. The canal opened a link between Puget Sound and the rich resources of the freshwater interior, playing a major role in Seattle’s growth into a metropolis. But for Native peoples, the environmental changes brought by the ship canal accelerated the loss of their traditional way of life.
These songs tell many stories: those of migrating fish and Native Americans, dreamers and workers, sailors and fishermen, kayakers and picnickers. The musical genres range from acoustic to soft rock, from swing jazz to folk.
Besides offering free copies of the CDs, Maritime Folknet is also offering them for sale at wholesale prices to organizations that would like to sell them at events or gift shops.