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That Three Sheets to the Wind is an old sailing term and refers to a ship whose sheets (lines) have come loose, causing the sails to flap uncontrolled and the ship to shudder and roll (like a staggering drunk) and meander at the mercy of the elements?
Three Sheets to the Wind is also a Gloucester chantey/sea music group. Many of the crew have years of established song and sea history to offer and create a perfect storm of song and good cheer. Their vocals, harmonies and instrument skills are phenomenal, and they have such a great time performing and drawing the audience into the fun. The group has performed in venues such as The Gloucester’s Mayor’s Cup schooner races, Essex Music Festival, Mystic Sea Music Festival 2006, Essex Shipbuilding Museum Basin Fest, Essex Clamfest, Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festivals, Lowell’s Boat Shop events, Salem Antique and Wooden Boat Show, Press Room Shanty sings, American Schooner Association annual meetings, Rocky Neck Nights on the Neck, Gloucester Reads Literacy events, Gloucester Block Parties and Middle Street Walks, shipboard events, Cape Ann Museum events as well as their weekly chantey sings at the Brew Pub at 8:30 pm on Tuesday evenings. The singers and players that make it all possible include: Peter and Joanne Souza from Schooner Adventure, Tim Perkins, George Thompson, Alex Thompson, Liz Duff, Gardi Winchester, Barry O’ Brien, Martha Bowen, Carol Karlson, Roger Hussey, Leslie Wind, Tony Hilliard, Janet Young, Graham and Jan Walker, Gary Foreman, Jim Milone, Kevin Quinn, Steve Willard, Ray Spiecker, Judy Keith, John Hicks, Audi Lane and many other voices who often join in with the crew, like Paco, featured playing his Excalibur Anglo Concertina.
This isn’t great video, but you can hear them and experience a little of the roaring good time we all had there last night. I am not a beer drinker, so wouldn’t normally be apt to go to the Brew Pub, but I love good chantey singing, and Three Sheets does that a flair. I may become a regular Tuesday night Brew Pubber and learn to like beer just to enjoy and take part with them. They make the old Newfie seafaring blood of my grandfather race through my veins, and provide a quintessential Gloucester fisherman experience that you can’t help but love.