Shifty Sailors

"The music I love and collect are songs of the sea.
Now all I have in my collection is Shifty Sailors CDs
because there are none better."
Roger Sherman, Author and Historian
Coupeville, WA


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The Shifty Sailors Celebrate 25 Years!Shifties on Suva

Get ready for a treat!   The Shifty Sailors will be celebrating their 25 years of singing together with a concert on Saturday evening, October 20th at 7 pm in Coupeville’s Rec Hall.

They will be performing many of their favorite selections from the past 25 years, and will add a few new ones from their recent tour of the Oregon Coast.

The Shifty Sailors have chosen to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s vision of exploring the Oregon Territory (including what is now Washington and Oregon) at the northwestern edge of the Louisiana Purchase.  It also includes honoring not only those who discovered this area by sea, but the many who have labored here as sailors and fishers.

In attendance will be former Shifty Sailors who have moved away from the island, or just “retired” after a certain amount of years.  Also being honored will be those who have passed away during these past 25 years.

This is the culmination of another music-filled season, having sung at such venues as Coupeville’s MusselFest, Penn Cove Water Festival, Anacortes Waterfront Festival, Whidbey Island Fair, Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival, and the Fishermen’s Fall Festival in Seattle.

Singing together now for 25 years, the Shifty Sailors have followed Tall Ship Festivals throughout Europe, performing in Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Wales, England, France and, most recently, in the Czech Republic.  They have sung at a Whale Festival in Hawaii, a Tall Ship Festival in Newport, Rhode Island while touring seaports of New England, and Pacific seaports on the West Coast from British Columbia to California.

Tickets can be purchased at Click Music and Wind n’ Tide Books in Oak Harbor; Bayleaf and Salty Mug in Coupeville; Greenbank Cheese Shop; Freeland Liquor, and Moonrakers Books in Langley.  Also, do it from home through Brown Paper Tickets ( 1-800-838-3006 or ).