Sea Shanty Concert June 18

The Acclaimed Rum Soaked Crooks to Play

In celebration of its 175th anniversary, the Waquoit Church hosts the internationally-acclaimed Rum Soaked Crooks for a free concert Sunday, June 18, 4 pm in the historic chapel located on the corner of Parsons Lane and Route 28 in Waquoit..

The Rum Soaked Crooks consist of Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski and Dan Lanier. The trio have charmed audiences in New England and beyond for three decades with such songs as “Mary L. McKay” and “The Mermaid.” Their repertoire spans three centuries of melody and verse.

“Our church was founded by sea captains and their families, so hosting a sea shanty concert is a shout out to our past,” said The Rev. Nell Fields, minister of the Waquoit Church. “This trio is super talented with great harmonies and toe-tapping songs.”

         The Crooks, as they are known, will play The Wellerman song during the June 18 concert. The Wellerman song became a Tik Tok hit last year with its accompanying dance. Anyone who knows the Wellerman jig is invited to dance along during that song.

        The trio has shared their songs and stories at festivals and maritime events across the country and in Europe, and have recorded on the Smithsonian-Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels. Their music has delighted audiences in New England and beyond for more than three decades in festival and concert settings, coffee house and folk music societies.  

        Performance credits also include maritime museums and historical societies in Boston, Salem, New Bedford, Portland, ME, Mystic Seaport, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian Institution.  Recordings include releases on the Smithsonian-Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels.