Looking Ahead in 2021
We’ve already booked over 20 private performances so far this year. Here are some of the public events that are being worked on. Stay tuned.
Friday, May 29, 2021: Virtual Memorial Day Weekend Release Party on Facebook Live. A new song will be released Friday night. Time to party!
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6 p.m.: Appearing in Weblinar 6: Songs, Stories, & Sea Chanties of Nantucket Sound. Hosted by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a nonprofit organization committed to looking after one of the most valuable natural resources in the region. Nantucket Sound is a 750-square-mile water body just south of Cape Cod. The islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are just to the south. It is one of the most valued resources for the propagation of many different species of fish and seafood.
Mark regularly sails and spends time in Nantucket Sound. He describes it as his backyard, worthy of favor, worthy of active stewardship. Please join the show for a very quick hour of music and storytelling.
Thursday, July 15, 2021: Chappaquiddick Community Center. Evening concert. Free. Details posted on their website, and more will be posted here.
Saturday, July 17, 2021: We are working on a performance in downtown Edgartown, as part of a weekend Catboat Rendezvous. Details and times have yet to be worked out.
Thursday,August 19, 2021: Chappaquiddick Community Center. Evening concert. Free. Details posted on their website, and more will be posted here.
Past Events in 2021
This year is already busy…. even virtually. We’ve performed twice in Oregon already.
February 25, 2021: 24th annual Fisherpoets Gathering. Astoria, Oregon. Mark was the opening performer for three days of poetry, storytelling and song.
March, 26, 2021: Singtime, virtual singing festival, Portland FolkMusic Society, Portland, Oregon. Mark opened and closed an afternoon session on commercial fishing songs hosted by folksinger Mary Garvey.
March 30, 2021: Mark sang Fiddler’s Green at a graveside service for Emmett Carroll, a Menemsha fisherman, at Abel’s Hill, in Chilmark. The event was reported in the Martha’s Vineyard Times.
In 2019, we did over 30 private and public performances. Last year was tough. We made a trip to the 23rd annual Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria, OR in February. That was our last live performance. But we did a number of virtual performances in 2020. Our Sunday night Facebook Live shows continue to be a welcome addition. Feel free to attend. They are at 8 p.m.
For 2021, the future looks so much brighter. We already virtually attended the 24th annual Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon on Thursday, February 25, 2021. And we’ve already booked virtual events for this year.
Thank you for your continued support. We are rethinking ways to share music and story. We’ll try and put the public events up as quickly as we can. Let’s talk.
2020 Past Performances
Friday, February 21: Evening concert at the Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz, California. A concert, spurred on by local interest. We filled the hall.
Mark sang songs and stories following the theme of our seafarers, with emphasis on commercial fishermen. Plus we added some emphasis on sing-along songs. The show was a hit and we are already exploring a return next year. The Pacific Cultural Center was a super place to perform.
Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1: 23rd annual Fisherpoets Gathering, Astoria, Oregon.
Mark returned for his fifth visit to perform, share poetry, song and story honoring commercial fishermen. Details available at https://fisherpoets.org.
2019 Past Performances
February, 22 through 24, 2019 – 22nd Annual Fisherpoets Gathering, Astoria, Oregon
Mark returned for his fourth visit, telling fish stories, reading poems and singing maritime tunes. Over 90 performers at approximately nine venues. Take a look at a new Astoria video that was posted on YouTube.
Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.: Follow the Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale, at Pathways Arts, 9 State Road, Chilmark.
Mark opened with a song and story for a special featured presentation which includes a film about right whales; Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham of Film-Truth Productions. Free admission. For more information: 508-645-9098
Monday, June 17, 2019: Summer Solstice with Margaret Emerson, at Featherstone Center for the Arts, 6 p.m.
Mark returns for another year. He sang sea chanties and recited poetry. For more information on this event and others at the Featherstone Center for the Arts telephone: 508-693-1850 or visit their website: https://www.featherstoneart.org/
Friday, June 21, 8:30 p.m.: Summer Solstice gathering at Garde East, 52 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven.
Commemorate the start of summer under a canopy of stars. Mark opens with stories about the stars above, shares stories about the Vineyard Haven harbor and there will be sea songs. Garde East overlooks the harbor from Vineyard Haven Marina and offers both indoor and outdoor dining in a casual yet elegant setting. Telephone: (508) 687-9926 Visit gardeeast.com
Monday, June 24, 5 p.m.: Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard garden party, Edgartown.
A fundraiser cocktail party with auction. Mark sang sea songs as an opener to the event.
Wednesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. Edgartown Whaling Church. Back on Martha’s Vineyard: With the Fishes.
A program of sea songs, maritime stories, poetry and storytelling; at the Edgartown Whaling Church. The evening included multiple guests and was wrapped around the release of a new CD, a digital collection, called With the Fishes by Mark Alan Lovewell, a local folksinger, writer, poet and storyteller.
Martha’s Vineyard artists appearing on stage to share their gifts included: Matthew Stackpole, maritime historian; Cynthia Riggs, mystery writer; Janet Messineo, outdoor fishing author, her husband folksinger Tristan Israel; and Sara Piazza, an Edgartown folksinger, a photographer and writer.
$20 admission adults; Seniors $5. Young people 19 and under $5 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets sold at the door.
Friday, August 9: Beach Road Weekend, Veterans Memorial Park, Vineyard Haven.
Mark opened for the showing of the movie Jaws, Friday night. He sang a sea chantey from the movie, Farewell and Adio. He got the large audience singing the chorus. The movie ran with the help of the Cape Cod Symphony. The presentation was a highlight for Mark and his friends.
Thursday, August 22, 6:30 p.m. Whaling Wives and Other Lives, The Grange Hall, West Tisbury.
Mark joins with Playwright Martha Pichey and her seaworthy actors for a program about a whaling captain’s wife, along with the stories of three courageous women who went to sea. Mark opens with some maritime tunes on his concertina. The program finishes with Mark leading a sing along sea chantey. $15 adults, senior and child $5.
Saturday, September 14 6:00 p.m. Chilmark Town 325 Birthday Celebration at the Chilmark Community Center, Chilmark.
Mark joineds with others to celebrate Chilmark’s 325th town birthday. As requested, he sang Fiddler’s Green. He also sang his latest new song Fishing Boat Sarah. The event was a free potluck dinner. Lots of good music and fellowship. Other musicians participating included Willie Mason.
Friday, November 15: Pathways for the Arts, at the Chilmark Tavern.
Mark was a featured performer in an evening of storytelling, videos and art. The event was to honor recent recipients of the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council Grants. Mark received a grant to help defray some of the expenses associated with his new CD: With the Fishes.
Saturday, December 21, 7:00 p.m.: Tristan Israel concert at the Edgartown Whaling Church.
Mark opens for his long-time friend folksinger Tristan Israel. Tristan has a new CD: Out into the Midnight.
Book Mark Alan Lovewell Today!
If you are looking for a public performance, why not initiate one? Mark performs at all kinds of venues from backyards, front yards, your favorite public place, and aboard almost any seaworthy vessel! Mark has already scheduled over 30 private performances for the summer of 2018, so this is a big year! Book Mark today and experience his sea shanties firsthand!