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Most people know "Blow the Man Down." Or "What Would You Do With A Drunken Sailor?" But there's a whole world of sea shanties and naval ballads out there.

Long Island Sound has a strong maritime history. New London, Connecticut was once the third-largest whaling port in the world. Both New London and neighboring Groton were bases for privateers during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. And all of those sailors had their own songs, whether they were sea shanties (music to work to), or naval ballads (heroic stories of great military leaders or famous battles).

Rhonda Miller

For more than 40 years, Zuckermann Harpsichords International has operated in the seaside village of Stonington in southeastern Connecticut. It’s a small business that restores vintage harpsichords and builds new ones.

The keyboard instrument played a vital role in the development of Baroque music between the 16th and 18th centuries. But the musicians and craftspeople at Zuckermann's want to bring the harpsichord into the 21st century.

Community embraces "Sacred Harp" singing

Jan 14, 2014
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Every Tuesday evening, singers assemble in a Yale University basement, sit facing each other in square, and sing 19th century religious music.