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Forebitter is an American band with an international following specializing in sea shanties.[1] It consists of four "chanteymen" employed by Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, Connecticut, United States: Geoff Kaufman, Rick Spencer, David Littlefield, and Craig Edwards.[1] The band has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.[2]


  • Voyages: Forebitter Sings Songs of the Sea, Volume II (Mystic Seaport Museum, 2000)
  • Link of Chain: Forebitter Sings Songs of the Sea, Volume I (Mystic Seaport Museum, 1999)
  • American Sea Chanteys (Mystic Seaport Museum, 1998), reissued as Chants Des Marins Américains (Le Chasse Marée 2002)
  • Unmooring (Mystic Seaport Museum, 1995)
  • On the Ran-Tan (1989)


  1. ^ a b Carr, J. (April 1, 2009). "New Sea Chantey Compilations On Compact Disc". Journal of American Folklore. 122 (484): 197–210. doi:10.2307/20487677. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  2. ^ "Meet the Chantey staff: Geoff Kaufman". Mystic Seaport Museum. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.