Schooner Fare

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Schooner Fare
Origin Portland, Maine, United States
Genres Folk
Years active 1975 (1975)–present
Labels Outer Green
  • Chuck Romanoff
  • Steve Romanoff
Past members Tom Rowe

Schooner Fare is a Maine-based folk band, consisting of Steve Romanoff (vocals, six and twelve-string guitar, five-string banjo), Chuck Romanoff (vocals, twelve-string guitar, tenor banjo), and formerly Tom Rowe (vocals, bass guitar, tin whistle). Schooner Fare plays primarily original maritime, socially conscious, and traditional folk music. They play throughout Maine and North America, and their songs are played by radio stations and satellite radio worldwide.


Schooner Fare was formed in 1975. Chuck Romanoff, Steve Romanoff, and Tom Rowe were sitting around in Tom's camper singing an old folk song ("Fiddler's Green"), and enjoyed it to such an extent they began contemplating doing this for a living. Six months later, they had a Sunday booking in Portland for $150 USD. They then got a steady job at a place in Portland called The Holy Mackerel. Schooner Fare continued to play, primarily in New England. They expanded their audience to Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C. on Dick Cerri Music Americana show, Milwaukee, and Canada. Schooner Fare was featured on CBS News' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, Nightwatch with Charlie Rose, National Public Radio's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. They performed their original songs with the Boston Pops Orchestra and have been described by New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as "The premier performing group of original and traditional songs." Schooner Fare continues to perform to sold-out crowds at Washington's Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Tom Rowe died in January 2004. Since then, the Romanoff brothers continue to perform as Schooner Fare, now as a duo. They have released two albums since 2005.


  • Day of the Clipper - 1978
  • Closer to the Wind - 1981
  • Alive! - 1983
  • We the People - 1985
  • The First Ten Years - 1986
  • Home for the Holidays - 1987
  • Classic Schooner Fare - 1989
  • Signs of Home - 1990
  • For the Times - 1993
  • Finnegan's Wake - 1995
  • Schooner Kids - 1997
  • A 20th Anniversary Party - 1999
  • Our Maine Songs - 1999
  • And Both Shall Row - 2005
  • Roots and Wings - 2010
  • Ratllin'Bog - 1997

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