July 6, 2020

‘Longsplice’ Perform Tonight ‘On the Dock’ at CT River Museum

'Longsplice' perform Thursday, Aug. 20 "On the Dock" at the Connecticut River Museum.

‘Longsplice’ perform Thursday, Aug. 20 “On the Dock” at the Connecticut River Museum.

ESSEX — Now in its sixth year at the Connecticut River Museum (CRM), ‘Thursday’s on the Dock’ have for many become the unofficial start to the summer weekend.  This year, thanks to lead sponsor the Essex Wellness Center, the event features a different Connecticut band each night.  ‘Longsplice’ will perform this coming Thursday, Aug. 20.

Rick Spencer and Joseph Morneault join traditions of the past with contemporary arrangements to form a musical “long splice” influenced by songs and tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Canada and the U.S.  Their presentations feature carefully crafted a capella harmonies, dance tunes, sea chanteys, drinking songs, an occasional modern composition and accompaniment on a variety of instruments.

‘Thursday’s on the Dock’ take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., through Aug. 27, on the museum’s historic steamboat dock and grounds.  Phyllis Stillman, CRM Development Manager, comments, “We are fortunate to have received more sponsorship this year that is allowing us to bring in a broad range of musical acts that will appeal to a diverse audience.”

Upcoming performers are:

  • Aug. 20 – Longsplice
  • Aug. 27 – Small Pond All Stars

Museum Director Christopher Dobbs notes that patrons will, “… hear the sounds of Dixieland jazz, classic rock, and folk.” Performances include noted Irish folk musicians Ringrose & Freeman, the Small Pond All Stars Band, and Longsplice.

Essex-Wellness-Logo-for-CRM-e1430663844569Heidi Kunzli, owner of the Essex Wellness Center and leading sponsor, said that she has always enjoyed coming down to the museum for these events, “There’s nothing quite like a relaxing evening by the harbor taking in the music and the view … it’s a wonderful experience!”

In addition to the lively music, craft beers, local wines and light snacks will be served.  The Museum’s main floor galleries and gift shop will also be open for a bit of waterfront and local history. The cover for the event that includes the live music, galleries, and views is $5 per person (members are always free).

For more information, call 860-767-8269 or visit www.ctrivermuseum.org.

The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main St. and is a membership-supported educational organization. Membership is open to all.