For years, Tom Kastle traveled the world, collecting and performing maritime songs and stories and captaining sailing ships on the Great Lakes. These days, his passions are even more diverse and include theatrical projects, from Man of La Mancha to Henry IV; film projects, like Francisco Torres’ Delight In the Mountain; and television, where he hosted a short documentary on the Bicentennial Battle of Lake Erie that was nominated for an Emmy Award. Add in musical director and composer credits, writing and performing concert opera narrations, hosting and interpreting nautical events, and being one of the captains of the schooner Denis Sullivan, and you have an artist, and sailor, living a vivid life, indeed!
“What do you say about a guy who can command a tall ship and all her crew, whose songs can make an Irishman cry tears of pure Tullamore Dew?” — Bryan Bowers
“Thank you for being such a creative force behind our entertainment offerings!” –Sheri Piecuch, Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago
Captain Jack Sparrow
Rumor has it, Captain Jack Sparrow is looking for a new ship and and some crew members. He’ll be wandering the festival grounds stirring up trouble.
Captain Kid, Featuring Rose and Scurvy
The age of sail! Tall ships and taller tales! A time when buccaneers prowled the high seas and “X” always marked the spot. Our earliest memories can be found there: Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Treasure Island and Long John Silver, and for the younger audiences of today Johnny Depp and guy-liner! Those fond recollections of childhood days gone by, or perhaps brand new memories to be cherished for years to come, are returning to the Port Of Duluth at the 2019 Festival Of Sail! And what better way to experience those bygone days of yore than with the youngest mate ever to pilot a ship, Captain Leoknightus Kid! Along with his crew, Rose and Scurvy, they have sailed the Seven Seas and beyond entertaining and educating audiences about life at sea and how, even today, we still use many of the skills and language originated and performed on those wooden decks so long ago. So watch for Captain Kid and his mates as they patrol the harbor side in their ship the HMS Hippocampus looking to impart a little knowledge and lore and a lot of fun and games from their adventures along those Seven Seas! They'll even name them for you; but if you ask the Captain, he'll tell you the Seven Seas are Cookies, Crackers, Cake, Chocolate, Caramel, Chips, and Cheese. Come to think of it, so will Scurvy!
Debbie Robie and Jim Stone are veteran stage and street performers with over forty years of performance and improvisational theater experience between them and have performed at many historical festivals around the country, most notably their 25+ years at The Minnesota Renaissance Festival. In addition Leo, at the tender age of four, has already performed at more Festivals and Events than many children twice his age and knows more Shakespeare than most adults, for which we apologize to him profusely!
Ida Jo is a singer, violinist, artist and writer. Born and raised in the Midwest, Ida Jo’s musical style builds on a long history of blending rock, folk, and gospel music. Her songs are carefully crafted, meant to get at the heart of the humanity that connects us all. A violinist from a young age, Ida Jo employs a seldom heard technique that is the combination of a folk fiddle style called “chopping” and her extensive classical training. She’s been named WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year and MAMA Folk/Americana Performer of the Year. Recently she’s toured with Wanderlust, and performed at festivals such as Milwaukee’s Summerfest and SXSW. She’s been published in the Huffington Post and has presented at TEDx.
The Crunchy Bunch is a DJ/producer collective among friends and music lovers that originates from late 2009. Personal styles complement each other with great variety spanning from old & new school hip-hop and rap to funk and brand spanking new future, house and electro. Their goal is to get people to dance, headbop/bang, shake, groove, or whatever form of rhythmic movement might occur, as well as showing people new music.
Magic by Chaz
My brand of magic is relaxed and approachable. It appeals to the imagination and focuses on sharing the wonder of the seemingly impossible. It creates camaraderie, and invites the curiosity and comfortable participation of even the most timid or reserved onlookers.
All About Music
All About Music is a music group consisting of students ages 12-22 from all over the Northland. The group is directed by the wonderful Dana Copiskey, a lifelongmusician. All About Music has performed at many different events around town including the Duluth Tall Ships Festival, Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, and Spirit Valley Days, as well as hosting events at Mitchell Auditorium, Clyde Iron Works, The Underground Theater, and various churches.
Celebrating 50 years of entertaining families with magic and ventriloquism.
Kelvin is a regular feature at The Day Out With Thomas, The Pumpkin Patch Train, The Taste of Duluth, and the ReaderFest festival, all in Duluth. He also is invited back for repeat performances at fairs and festivals around the region such as the Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes, the Steamboat Days in Carver, the Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, the Fourth of July Celebrations in Hill City and Spicer, as well as numerous county fairs. In addition, Kelvin teaches children positive ways of dealing with bullies with his “The Bully” presentation in elementary schools across the region, using magic and ventriloquism as “visual aids”. Kelvin Saline makes you laugh, gasp, and have a TON OF FUN!
Sydney Hansen is really excited to be performing at the Festival of Sail Duluth again this year, making it her third time doing so! Sydney is a seasoned performer, original songwriter, singer and guitarist from Duluth, MN. She is only 16 years old, but her voice is all grown up with a haunting and soulful sound beyond her years! She will be bringing her original songs along with her own beautiful take on covers of many different genres! You can check out clips of her performing on her Facebook page, Sydney Hansen Music.
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