Waterfront folksinger & storyteller Mark Alan Lovewell sings, plays guitar, concertina, and harmonica as he tells tales about the sea. His maritime collection of New England sea chanties, songs, and stories is available from the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Lovewell is a descendant of an old New England whaling family. For more than three decades, he’s written about the waterfront and fishing industry, bringing those tales to the stage. The stories and songs celebrate community, the importance of connection, shared history, and the value of heritage.
As a newspaper reporter and columnist, Lovewell is current on the issues of our maritime age. He wrote the With the Fishermen column, which was dedicated to commercial fishing and appeared weekly in the Vineyard Gazette for 25 years. In pursuit of stories, he went out to sea on a number of fishing trips, crossed George’s Bank three times, and has traveled in fishing boats to the Gulf of Maine, Cape Cod Bay, and Nantucket Shoals.
Lovewell worked on the National Marine Fisheries Service vessel Albatross IV, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Oceanus, as a Coast Guard cutter, and on a number of fishing boats. When he was younger, he traveled across the seas of Northern Europe in a tramp steamer. As a teenager, he went through the Panama Canal on a freighter and crossed the Pacific Ocean on a cruise ship.