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For Immediate Release: July 29, 2009
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

“Rum Soaked Crooks” to Perform MBL Songs at MBLWHOI Event, August 5

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to join the scallywag performance group “Rum Soaked Crooks” as they perform songs of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) on Wednesday, August 5 at 4:00 PM in the MBLWHOI Library’s Grass Reading Room, located in the Lillie Building, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The free event is part of the Library's Summer Salon Series.

The Rum Soaked Crooks, whose members include Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski, and Dan Lanier, have been cruising the New England shoreline and beyond for the last three decades. They have inflicted much musical and poetic damage with a pungent mix of sailors’ chanteys, ballads, and ditties. The Crooks have shared their songs and stories, both historical and contemporary, at festivals and maritime events across the country and in Europe, and have recorded on the Smithsonian-Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels. Their repertoire spans four centuries of Yankee seafaring and contains an extensive collection of Cape and Islands sea songs and poetry.

The MBL WHOI Library Summer Salon Series aims to engage the public in not only the beauty of science, but also music and history. The series will conclude on August 12 with MBL Senior Research Scientist Dr. Paul Colinvaux discussing his recent book Amazon Expeditions: My Quest for the Ice-Age Equator.

For more information, contact the MBLWHOI Library at 508-289-7341.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas.