Jerry Bryant is a finder, teacher, and singer of good songs ancient and new. A nationally-known scholar of maritime music, Jerry’s repertoire of chanteys, drinking songs, and bawdy verse is deep. He has also explored the depths of American, English and Irish balladry, and brought back gems that are still hair-raisingly alive hundreds of years after they were created.
At the legendary Meadowlark Music Camp in Maine Jerry taught singing, guitar, and sundry other instruments for 14 years, and for the past 8 years he has been on the staff of the wonderful Rustic Roots Music & Food Retreat. He has released two albums of his own, and collaborated on several others, including the infamous Salty Dick’s Uncensored Sailor Songs. After listening to Jerry’s first release, The Ballad of Harbo and Samuelsen, Gordon Bok wrote, “That’s really delightful. You have a ‘straight-up & steady-on’ way of singing that minds me of some singers long East o’ here.” Not surprising, considering Jerry was born and bred in the State of Maine.
Jerry has been featured in the San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park’s sea music concert series, Mystic Seaport Museum’s annual Sea Music Festival, South Street Seaport in New York, and many others. He also makes songs, using the tradition as inspiration. A surprising variety of instruments have made their way into the orbit of the songs he sings. For Fiddle Hell 2019 he will bring his guitar, his tenor and baritone ukuleles, and some bones.