Last year was terrific year for events. We did over 30 private and public performances. The year ahead looks uncertain with the COVID-19 virus spreading. While we’ve already booked 21 private performances for over 1,000 people, we are pretty sure they won’t happen. Stay tuned. Come back to this page for upcoming events. We’ll try and put the public events up as quickly as we can. Let’s talk.
With COVID-19 virus taking center stage in all communities big and small:
Public and private performances this year will probably not happen. Please check back to this calendar in the weeks ahead to see if that is so. Thank you for your continued support. We are rethinking ways to share music and story.
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 http://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!