Bounding Main

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Bounding Main
Bounding Main at Bristol Renaissance Faire, Wisconsin, 2010.
Background information
Genres A Cappella, Folk music, Sea Shanties
Years active 2003 to present
Labels Independent
Website Official Site
Members Dean Calin
Christie Dalby
Gina Dalby
Jon Krivitzky
David Yondorf
Past members Maggie Hannington

Bounding Main is an American a cappella quintet focusing on traditional sea shanties and maritime music.

Formed in 2003, Bounding Main performs maritime music, presenting an "Elizabethan Sea Dog" look in their costumes and gear.[1] They perform traditional sea shanties and nautical ballads from as far back as 400 years ago, as well as new maritime music, some composed within the group.[2] Bounding Main attempts to introduce historical music and structure in a way that appeals to listeners who might otherwise consider it "old-fashioned" through the use of harmony-focused arrangements agreeable to the modern ear and attention span.[citation needed] The group has won awards for their performances at renaissance festivals, and they have taken several international tours, bringing their music to popular shanty festivals in locations such as Germany, Netherlands, Poland, France, and Canada.

Their fan club is known as the Bounding Mainiacs.[3]


Bounding Main was formed when Dean Calin contacted five other veteran environmental theater performers, Christie Dalby, Gina Dalby, Maggie Hannington, Jon Krivitzky, and David Yondorf, inquiring if they wanted to join together to sing maritime music. The group met for rehearsal for the first time on January 19, 2003.[4] They performed as a sextet until March 2010, when Maggie Hannington retired from the group to make time for her family, especially her young child, but the group continues to perform as a quintet.[5]

As all six performers were vocalists, and traditional sea shanties were often performed a cappella, the group decided to perform their music a cappella with minimal percussion for some songs. The group originally collaborated with instrumentalists on their first CD, Maiden Voyage, but since then have elected to mainly produce a capella tracks.

Bounding Main has performed at maritime museums, maritime music festivals, including the Chicago Maritime Festival, tall ship festivals, harbor festivals, arts festivals, pirate festivals, renaissance faires, wooden boat shows, corporate events and private parties. Additionally, the group has performed at several international music festivals.

Bounding Main has produced five CDs: Maiden Voyage, Lost at Sea, Going Overboard, Operation Share the Shanties, and Kraken Up. Going Overboard was favorably reviewed in Dirty Linen magazine in 2010.[6]

International tours[edit]

August 2008[edit]

Bounding Main's first performance in Europe was at the Festival Maritim in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany in August 2008. They were one of only four bands from the USA to be represented at this festival between 2002 and 2009.[7] Festival Maritim, which started in 1999, attracts high quality, professional bands and choirs from all over Europe and the world.[8]

While in Germany for this festival, the group also performed at other locations in The Netherlands and Germany, most notably a charity performance to entertain US troops recovering at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.[9]

October 2008[edit]

Six weeks later, the group embarked upon their second overseas trip, traveling to The Netherlands for the Liereliet Festival.[10] Based in Workum, this festival has been entertaining with authentic work songs and sailing activities since 1988.[11]

February 2010[edit]

Bounding Main performed at the 29th International Sailors' Song Festival, "Shanties 2010" in Kraków, Poland.[12] This popular shanty festival has become one of the most important in the world since its founding in 1981.[13]

August 2011[edit]

In August 2011 Bounding Main again traveled to The Netherlands and performed at the 10th anniversary of the "Bie Daip International Shanty Festival" in Appingedam, Netherlands.[14]

August 2012[edit]

Quebec, Canada, was the site of Bounding Main's next tour, where they performed at the "La Fête des chants de marins" in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli.[15] This festival, which attracts as many as 20,000 visitors in a year, highlights the maritime culture and local heritage of the Saint Lawrence River area.[16]

August 2013[edit]

Paimpol, in Brittany, north-west France, was the site of Bounding Main's 2013 tour, where they performed at the "Festival du Chants de Marin de Paimpol".[17] This event, in the French region of Brittany, brings in world-class performers from all points of the compass. The festival regularly attracts enthusiastic audiences of more than 130,000 people.[18]


Bounding Main's music has been presented at the following museums as a representation of either maritime or pirate music.

Additionally, their music is part of NRG's traveling "Treasure" exhibit.


  1. "Renaissance Festival Podcast" Best Music Groups of 2006 (placed 4th),[24]
  2. "Renaissance Festival Podcast" Best Music Groups of 2007 (placed 4th),[25]
  3. "Renaissance Festival Podcast" Best Music Groups of 2008 (placed 4th),[26]
  4. "Renaissance Festival Podcast" Best New CD Released in 2011 (placed 3rd for Kraken Up),[27]


Bounding Main has produced five albums:

Album Track listing Personnel
cover art for Maiden Voyage album

2004 Maiden Voyage
produced by Bounding Main
recorded, mixed, and mastered at SurroundinSoundStudio
(near Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
engineer: Jonathan Leubner
cover design: Dean Calin, Christie Dalby, Gina Dalby[28][29]

  1. Mingulay Boat Song: Hugh S. Roberton, arranger Jon Krivitzky, additional lyrics by Dean Calin
  2. Pump Shanty: Tony Goodenough, arr. Jon Krivitzky, cello by Heather Lewin
  3. Fiddler's Green: John Connolly, solo by Dean Calin, concertina by David H.B. Drake
  4. Pay Me, You Owe Me: traditional, arr. Jon Krivitzky, solo by Jon Krivitzky, percussion by David H.B. Drake
  5. Sailor's Prayer: Rod MacDonald, arr. Jon Krivitzky
  6. Old Maui: trad., arr. Jon Krivitzky, solo by David Yondorf
  7. A Rovin' (Amsterdam Maid): trad., arr. Jon Krivitzky, solo by Dean Calin
  8. Blow the Wind Southerly: John Stobbs, additional lyrics and solo by Maggie Hannington
  9. The Mermaid: trad., additional lyrics by Bounding Main, violin by Heather Lewin
  10. Derelict: Young E. Allison, arr. Jon Krivitzky, based on arrangement by Mark Stahl of The Jolly Rogers, solo by David Yondorf, violin by Heather Lewin
  11. Leave Her, Johnnie: trad., arr. Jon Krivitzky, violin by Heather Lewin
  12. Health To The Company: Irish trad., arr. Jon Krivitzky
  • Dean Calin - Tenor
  • Christie Dalby - Alto
  • Gina Dalby - Alto
  • Maggie Hannington - Alto
  • Jonathan Krivitzky - Tenor
  • David Yondorf - Baritone

Additional personnel:

  • Heather Lewin - cello, violin
  • David H.B. Drake - concertina, percussion
cover art for Lost at Sea album

2005 Lost at Sea
produced by Bounding Main

cover art for Going Overboard album

2007 Going Overboard
produced by Bounding Main

cover art for Operation Share the Shanties album

2008 Operation Share the Shanties
produced by Bounding Main

cover art for Kraken Up album

2011 Kraken Up
produced by Bounding Main
recorded at SurroundinSoundStudio
Additional tracks recorded at Smith/Lee Productions, St. Louis, Missouri[30]

  1. Dogger Bank
  2. Heilan' Laddie
  3. Call of the Sea
  4. Saltpeter Shanty
  5. Sloop John B
  6. Day of the Clipper
  7. Night Watchman's Lament
  8. Pull Down Below
  9. Green Eyed Girl
  10. My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)
  11. Barbershop Shanty
  12. Rolling Up, Rolling Down
  13. Le Capitaine de Saint-Malo
  14. Strike the Bell
  • Dean Calin - Tenor
  • Christie Dalby - Alto
  • Gina Dalby - Alto
  • Jonathan Krivitzky - Tenor
  • David Yondorf - Baritone

Additional personnel:

  • Maggie Hannington - Alto (retired)

Additionally, some of Bounding Main's songs appear on other CDs:

  • "High Barbaree": Lafitte's Return Vol. 2, produced by Bob Brinkman for Pirates for the Preservation of New Orleans Music, 2007.
  • "High Barbaree": Renaissance Festival Podcast Compilation CD, produced by Marc Gunn, 2008.
  • "Derelict": Lafitte's Return Vol. 3, produced by Bob Brinkman for Pirates for the Preservation of New Orleans Music, 2008.
  • "Blow Liza Blow": Lafitte's Return Vol. 4, produced by Bob Brinkman for Pirates for the Preservation of New Orleans Music, 2008.
  • "Blow Liza Blow": Goin' Back Home Vol. 3, produced by Quickstar Productions, 2009.
  • "The Day of the Clipper": Score, performed with and produced by The Jolly Rogers, 2010.
  • "Dogger Bank": "Bie Daip" Appingedam 10 jaar International Shanty Festival, produced by Bie Daip International Shanty Festival, 2011.
  • "Away Rio": Beg, Borrow and Steal, performed with and produced by The Jolly Rogers, 2012.
  • "Tow Rope Girls": Beg, Borrow and Steal, performed with and produced by The Jolly Rogers, 2012.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Off the Beaten Shore," by Cathy Gresey. Grayslake Times, February 17–23, 2006, page A1. Available at:
  2. ^ Review of CD "Going Overboard" on Review of CD "Lost At Sea" on
  3. ^ "Bounding Main revives maritime music for a new generation" by Julie Lawrence. Published February 2, 2006 at 5:26 a.m., available at (Accessed April 10, 2010.)
  4. ^ Bounding Main official website, "Our Story"
  5. ^ Bounding Main official website, "Maggie bio," see also Bounding Main Facebook posting "A new direction for Bounding Main."
  6. ^ "Linen Shorts" (review listed under heading "Bounding Main, Going Overboard: Sea Shanties & Nautical Ballads"), Dirty Linen #145, January/February 2010, page 57.
  7. ^ "Bounding Main (USA)". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Festival Maritim" (in German). Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bounding Main to Entertain American Troops in Germany". July 1, 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Vrijdag 17 oktober start de STRONTRACE van Workum naar Warmond vs." (in Dutch). 12 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Welkom" (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shanties - Międzynarodowy Festiwal Piosenki Żeglarskiej" (in Polish). Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shanties 2012 - Culture & Events in Krakow". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Shantyfest 2011-12". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "La Fête des chants de marins". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Harper Government Invests in the Fête des Chants de Marins". 10 July 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Paimpol 2013 - Festival du chant de marin - Programmation" (in French). Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Paimpol 2013 - Festival du chant de marin - Edito" (in French). Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Member Reception for "Pirates - Ship to Shore"". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "River Rendezvous June 26 & 27, 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "2007 Chicago Maritime Festival". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Chicago Maritime Festival 2011 - Performers". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Real Pirates Member Preview". Retrieved 15 October 2012. Enjoy the rousing sea shanties of Bounding Main, which will bring its inimitable brand of maritime music and pirate silliness to these Preview evenings. 
  24. ^ 2nd Annual Renaissance Festival Awards
  25. ^ 3rd Annual Renaissance Festival Awards
  26. ^ 4th Annual Renaissance Festival Awards
  27. ^ 7th Annual Renaissance Festival Awards
  28. ^ "Bounding Main -- Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea -- "Maiden Voyage" CD". Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  29. ^ "Review: Maiden Voyage". 8 December 8, 2005. Retrieved 3 October 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  30. ^ Kraken Up liner notes

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