Bonnie & Dan Milner
Dan Milner, born into an Irish family, first heard traditional ballads sung by his father, William Milner of Birmingham, England. At the age of 16, he was introduced to maritime songs by his elder brother, Liam Milner. Dan lived in three countries--England, Ireland, and Canada--before moving to New York. He has sung at many major festivals in Europe and America, and has made five CDs, including the Indie-nominated Irish Pirate Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways, 2009). His latest book is The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish (Notre Dame Press, 2019).
Native New Englander Bonnie Milner has been singing all her life, most notably as a member of the highly acclaimed all-woman maritime group, The Johnson Girls, and with her husband, Dan Milner. Bonnie's specialty in maritime songs was sparked by hearing shanties sung at South Street Seaport and Mystic Seaport museums, and carried further by her acquaintance with the last working tall-ship shantyman, Stan Hugill, who exhorted her to "keep these ditties alive." She took him at his word by putting together presentations on maritime music for audiences of all ages throughout North America and Europe.
Michael Howley is a poet from the West of Ireland and has lived in New York since 1989. His work has been published in journals in Ireland, Britain and this country. His poetry collection Hit List was published by Three Mile Harbor Press, from whom his next collection is forthcoming. He has reconnected to his singing voice since joining the Sunnyside Singers, now the Sunnyside Folk Club. This will be his first appearance on the stage as a singer.
Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.
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