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Schooner Fare

The traditional songs of the sea continue to be revived through the exuberant performances and recordings of Schooner Fare. But, in the more than three decades the Maine-based group has consistently expanded its musical scope, with repertoire reflecting a lively mixture of folk songs, pop tunes, and original songs including "We the People," "Portland Town," and "Leviathan." Schooner Fare's albums include a winter season tribute, Home for the Holidays, released in 1987, with songs sung in Hebrew, French, German, and Spanish. SchoonerKids, released ten years later, was aimed at the younger set with such tunes as "Bonnie Heeland Laddie," "The Rattlin' Bog," and "A Cat Named Patrick Finnegan."

Conceived as a duo of brothers by guitar and banjo players and vocalists Chuck and Steve Romanoff during a backstage picking session, the group was expanded to a trio with the addition of Tom Rowe on electric bass, pennywhistle, and vocals. Performing weekly at the Holy Mackerel in Portland, ME and in folk music coffeehouses throughout the Northeast, Schooner Fare continued to develop their sound. Releasing their debut album, Day of the Clipper, in 1978, Schooner Fare had their first success with their third recording, Alive, released in 1983, which captured the excitement of their concerts. We the People, released two years later, established Schooner Fare as a national touring folk act.

Schooner Fare celebrated their tenth anniversary in 1986 with a second live album, The First Ten Years, recorded during performances at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. Classic Schooner Fare, released the following year, featured Schooner Fare's best-known tunes with arrangements by Michael Braz and played with a small orchestra. Although some considered 1990's Signs of Home to be their weakest album, Schooner Fare rebounded with For the Times, released in 1983 and featuring six original tunes including "Too Funky for the Folkies (But Too Folksy for the Time)" and "The Broome o' the Cowdenknowes."

Schooner Fare continued their streak with Finnegan's Wake, released in 1995, successfully returning to the traditional repertoire of their earliest shows 20 years earlier. Sadly, after Schooner Fare had been performing and recording as a trio for 29 years, Tom Rowe died of cancer in 2004; the Romanoff brothers decided it would be impossible to replace him, so they continued on as a duo, releasing And Both Shall Row in 2005 and Roots and Wings in 2010. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Love it...reminds me of my years of living in Maine...remi n i s c i n g on booze cruises, sailing, and hanging out in Old Port.
Id haft to say this song is perfect. Me and my lats got drunk on my gramps sail boat and pulled this s**t on me brother it was funny
Love these guys
freshrawchao s k i d 7
I would sing this to my sisters bunny in the morning .
His is it that every time I fall in love with the sound of some bodies rich voice it turns out they have died. Ronnie Drew, Stan Rogers, Tom Rowe, these voices are irreplaceabl e and will be sorely missed.
"God damn them all"
info0974
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
lnp123
We are orriginally from Maine and have seen Schooner Fare many times. Tom Rowe is very much missed
kyle_tingley
because its a funny catchy song haha shave his belly rusty razor... early in the morn'in
I'm not sure why I like them I normally listen to 80s rock like ACDC and Guns N Roses
Love Schooner Fare. I think they should make a song about Maine lobster.
Totally awesome!!! :)
nascarfan12
Major kudos to Pandora for showcasing this group. I've had the fortune of knowing Steve since the mid '70's (he was a teacher in the Portland, Maine school system, and his classes were fantastic). I've seen them perform on a flatbed trailer, indoors at various places, and each time it was unforgettabl e . I was so sad when Tom died, if felt like losing a friend. Their music will always be with me, and I know my life is much the better for it.
ejwilliams81
Schooner Fare has been my favorite group since I was a little girl and heard my parents listening to their music. I grew up on Lake Erie and spent a lot of time on the Chesapeake. After a visit to Maine in my teens, I know I was meant to be Northeastern e r . One day, my dream of living in Maine will come true, and Schooner Fare had a lot to do with my dreams.
Back in about 1986 a friend who was teaching me to play guitar introduced me to Schooner Fare. At the time we were West Point Cadets, and I was enthralled with these guys. Hitched a ride on a weekend pass to see them in a high school gym in southern Maine (can't recall the name of the town). Good stuff, Maynard, lol.
In 1981, I was a freshman at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. My homesickness was so bad I was fatally missing all of the Irish music, dancing and culture of my native Western, Massachusett s . Schooner Fair came to play in our college's chapel and my heart was singing. Finally, a taste of home! I heard all of my familiar Irish music but also came to appreciate the rich traditions of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Scottland's heritage and music. I want to thank Schooner Fair opening my world.
I worked with these guys back in 1987 when they performed with The Portland Maine Symphony. I love their music and miss Tom Rowe dearly.
Grew up with you guys, back in the nathan Clifford neighborhood . . . l i s t e n i n g to your music reminds me of my Portland/Bai l e y Island roots. Thanks! Kate Simonds
leojean
They are the greatest, Tom added a something extra, he is missed. They are better than 99% of what's performing now.
gharding737
I can almost smell the sea spraying over the bow! Are these guys still singing?
Schooner Fare since the very beginning has had the Martimes of North America deep in their hearts and then shared it with all of us from Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada who love all of it too.
I Live in Belfast, Maine right on the water. Schooner Fare reminds me of how lucky and Proud I am to be a true Maine Native with all that it holds. Lobster and Snow....Boun t y and Beauty!!!!!! !
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Amusing music, although I kind of wanted to skip over them. But they just have a sound that you CAN'T skip for some reason. I was just sitting here, entranced.
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rowenaxtempe s t , yes! this stuff plays on my folk station, and at first, i was like, nah, we'll try the next one, but i just couldn't do it...and now i like 'em, they've defin
I've stood in line, many a time, at the Birchmere in Alexandria. They put on an energetic live show. Tom Rowe,their third member died of throat cancer some years ago, but they continue to perform as a brother duo.
slapshot1894
I like everything I've heard by them.
bisbee0
Whole heartedly agree with the other comments. Great Group with a great sound that you cannot stop listening to. Love sea shanties, too long in the Navy maybe?
I saw these guys in a mall once. Most of the world doesn't even know where Maine is so it's refreshing to hear a Maine band somewhere other than a restaurant or some such for once.
rowenaxtempe s t
Amusing music, although I kind of wanted to skip over them. But they just have a sound that you CAN'T skip for some reason. I was just sitting here, entranced.
Yahr! Shiver me timber yee merry lads! Hoist the sails and tighten that jib! Land Ho! This might be some of the best music to make beer with!
cmcalamita
Just heard them for the first time, they're fantastic!!
rgspops
We love this group

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