Special Days at the Museum

Roll & Go Brings Songs of the Sea to the Museum on June 24 for two Free Performances

The Maine State Museum hosts the popular Maine musical group, Roll & Go, for two free performances at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Part of the museum's Family Fun Days, the performances also mark the museum's participation in the Kennebec Valley Chamber's Whatever Family Festival. The museum is open free of charge all day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Roll & Go is a Maine group of men and women who love to sing sea shanties and other songs of the sea. Over the past twenty years, their spirited performances have earned them a growing reputation among festival and concert goers throughout Maine and New England. Roll & Go has been featured at the Mystic Sea Music Festival, Great Schooner Race in Penobscot Bay, Maine Festival, and Portsmouth Maritime Festival, as well as many tall-ship special events and community concerts. The shanties are generally sung unaccompanied, combining strong solo work with tight harmonies on the refrain and chorus. The ballads feature instrumental back-ups on banjo, guitar, concertina, washtub bass, and penny whistle.

Roll & Go is back at the Maine State Museum by popular demand, following a well-received performance a few years ago. "With Roll & Go, you'll hear old songs brought back to life and some newer songs that highlight current conditions in our merchant marine and fishing industry," commented Maine State Museum Chief Educator Joanna Torow. "Whether you are young or old, you are bound to have a lot of fun!"

The Maine State Museum's Family Fun Days are sponsored by Reny's Charitable Foundation and Oakhurst Dairy.