Tom Kastle

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Maritime Music


"One thing I have learned over the years is that booking entertainment for an event needs to follow the character and theme of the event — and not just what I personally want to listen to. This theme has come back to me time and time again. You were and are the perfect fit to emcee and perform at Tall Ship events. Everyone involved was thrilled with your participation!"
— Craig Samborski, Tall Ships Duluth

Tom wearing a blue shirt and black vest, holding a concertina.As part of his regular concerts and for special workshops and events, Tom also performs a vast array of traditional maritime music gathered together from archival research, books, recordings, and the repertoire of friends, who are themselves some of the finest maritime singers in the world. The songs include shanties and ballads from the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, and Great Lakes, where Tom has been a professional sailor.

Tom has performed at maritime and tall ships events in the United States from Mystic Seaport to Los Angeles, in Europe from Poland to the Netherlands, and island venues including New Zealand and Curacao.

Tom has been published on the topic of maritime music with former partner Chris Kastle in "From Lumber Hookers to the Hooligan Fleet: A Treasury of Chicago Maritime History" published by Lake Claremont Press. He was also the tall ships columnist for Pirates Magazine.