For years, Tom Kastle traveled the world, collecting and performing maritime songs and stories and captaining sailing ships on the Great Lakes. These days, his passions are even more diverse and include theatrical projects, from Man of La Mancha to Henry IV; film projects, like Francisco Torres’ Delight In the Mountain; and television, where he hosted a short documentary on the Bicentennial Battle of Lake Erie that was nominated for an Emmy Award. Add in musical director and composer credits, writing and performing concert opera narrations, hosting and interpreting nautical events, and being one of the captains of the schooner Denis Sullivan, and you have an artist, and sailor, living a vivid life, indeed!
“What do you say about a guy who can command a tall ship and all her crew, whose songs can make an Irishman cry tears of pure Tullamore Dew?” — Bryan Bowers
“Thank you for being such a creative force behind our entertainment offerings!” –Sheri Piecuch, Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago
Living statue, artist, actress.
- 2018 runner up Pfister Artist Residency.
- Aug 2019 performer Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Fest.
- Sept/Oct 2021 performer Maryland Ren Fest.
- Aug 2023 2 week artist residency in Champagne-Ardenne, France.
The Foxfire Affair
Daniel and Claire make up the duo, "the foxfire affair." These multi-instrumentalists entertain with a guitar, mandolin, concertina, and other instruments to complement their varied musical selections. While trading off lead vocals and harmonies, they'll span several centuries of music playing everything from Irish traditionals to sea shanties, American folk to rock, and a touch of original material. Not only are they married to one another but also to their craft. They love performing and sharing music with others.
Sydney Hansen is a 19-year-old Country/Southern Rock singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist from Duluth, Minnesota. land of Dylan, Prince, Turtles (the Trampled kind!) and many other music icons! Her newest single, “Somebody's Nobody”, opened the doors to Nashville as she paired with legendary producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton) for multiple singles culminating in her debut album. Sydney is positioned to break out in 2022 and will be releasing singles throughout this year and touring the country!
Rosie Krantz & Guildenstern
Strolling the shipping lanes in his "Small Ship" HMS Hippocampus, Captain Leoknightus Kid, along with his compatriots Mistress Rose and Scurvy, brings entertainment and education to sea farers and landlubbers alike through games, demonstrations, and stories of life on the high seas! Come find out why there are Seven Seas, how 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is way out of our league, and the fact that you actually talk like a pirate every day and don't even know it!
Magic by Chaz
My brand of magic is relaxed and approachable. It appeals to the imagination and focuses on sharing the wonder of the seemingly impossible. It creates camaraderie, and invites the curiosity and comfortable participation of even the most timid or reserved onlookers.
Bounding Main is a Great Lakes based, acapella vocal group that sings richly harmonic versions of traditional maritime songs. Their shows are filled with spirit, humor and harmony and their arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of fellowship, adventure and romance.
The group, founded in 2003, has performed all over the United States and Europe and their music is sold internationally through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, CDBaby, and other music portals.
All About Music
All About Music is a music group consisting of students ages 12-22 from all over the Northland. The group is directed by Dana Copiskey. The group has performed at the Duluth Tall Ships Festival, the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, for Spirit Valley Days, and hosted events at Mitchell Auditorium, Clyde Iron Works, The Underground Theater, and various churches. They will be performing a variety of original songs.
Lucy is a seasoned marketing professional at a well-renowned global organization headquartered here in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017, attending both the College of Science and Engineering and School of Journalism there. She appreciates music across all genres but has a special love of Classic Country and a deep respect for all the legendary artists who contributed to making country music what it is today. Her natural gift and passion for music coupled with her old soul gives her sound a unique vibe sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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