At the Gris! Thanks to Ian Basilone for the snap shot!

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Well Fêted!!

Photo by Steve Johnson

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50 Years!

Celebrating 50 years of performing at the Griswold Inn in Essex, Connecticut!

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Port Jefferson, NY

This coming Saturday, the 1st of October, Cliff and Joseph will be performing at the 2d annual Port Jefferson Maritime Music Festival. Joseph as a solo artist while Cliff will be with the Ancient Mariners Chanteymen. Noon to 7p.

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Saturday night concert in Portsmouth.

Cliff performing at the Saturday night concert of the Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival – 24 Sept 2022.

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Cliff to perform in Basel

On the 10th of August – Wed. Cliff Haslam performs with the Swiss Mariners Chanteymen, Museum der Kulturen, Münsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland!

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Cliff has been performing at the Griswold Inn for 50 years, now! He’s been there longer than any of the employees and also the Owners, the Paul Family! Here’s to our man Cliff! He’s inspired a couple of generations of singers and brought countless new converts to the genre! He still holds court when he opens his mouth, and can quiet the loudest of audiences! He can cause you to laugh or to melt your heart! And we all love the man dearly!

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Someone inscribed this in the men’s bathroom, over a standing urinal!

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Cliff and his Jovial Crew

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Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival

I’ll be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on the last weekend of September this year for the Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival. It’s a wonderful event and right in the heart of the city. See below.

Hello, and happy March! Spring is coming to Portsmouth, and we have exciting news. Read on for our 2022 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival headliners, this month’s virtual chantey sing, and what you can do to help!
We are planning a full, in-person return to the streets of Portsmouth this fall, Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25. We really hope to see you there, but we will also have some online streaming available for the wonderful international community that has grown up around virtual sings during the pandemic.
CHANTEY SING: Our monthly chantey sing is this Saturday, 3–5 pm eastern US time.
CONN. SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Also this Saturday, the shiny new Connecticut Sea Music Festival is having a benefit concert and art auction. See…/outward-bound-benefit… for details. Several PMFF board members and volunteers will be there, and part of our online chantey sing will be broadcast from nearby. Stay tuned for some harmonies!
PMFF PIZZA FUNDRAISER: Flatbread Pizza in Portsmouth donates a portion of their proceeds to a non-profit each Wednesday evening. On June 22, PMFF will be the recipient; there will also be a silent auction of donated items there. Stop by, get a great pizza, enter a bid, and help us out! Auction winners will be notified at the end of the evening; there is no need to stick around.
VOLUNTEERS: We need YOUR help to make this festival work. If you’re in the area, we need flyer-posters, water-schleppers, program-handers-out, and more! You can sign up at or drop a line to If you’re not in the area, we will need some volunteers to help with the online part of the festival, too, and we can always use donations at too.
ART CONTEST: We want to help our aging woodcut sailors retire. Do you have a proposed PMFF logo to replace them? We’ve already had a few submissions.
DAVID COFFIN is known to most of you for his years of work as one of New England’s leading traditional musicians or his forty years with Revels. He is now also a TikTok star, due in part to a viral video of him performing in Market Square at a previous PMFF. Learn more at
VIENNA CARROLL is a singer, playwright, actor, and historian from New York City, interpreting African-American history and song. Her play, “Shallow Brown,” was previewed at the Mystic Sea Music Festival Symposium in 2018, and we look forward to hearing her powerful voice filling the streets of Portsmouth. Visit for more details.
CLIFF HASLAM has hosted the legendary Monday chantey sings at the Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., for decades. His resonant English voice graced our festival in 2015, and we are excited to have him back as a headliner. See his Web site at
Fair winds and following seas,
The PMFF Board
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