Enoch Train To Set Sail with Sea Trek: Folk Ensemble will Anchor Musical Performances
Salt Lake City, UT-Acclaimed instrumental folk ensemble ENOCH TRAIN will anchor the musical activities on Sea Trek 2001, the month long re-enactment of nineteenth-century religious pilgrims crossing the Atlantic to find a new home in America.
From August 7 through August 28, ENOCH TRAIN will travel from port to port on the Statstraad Lemkuhl, one of the largest and oldest of the ten vintage tall ships on the “European Gathering” portion of the Trek. The band will perform both on board the ship and as featured performers at “Rock the Dock” celebrations in each port. Members of ENOCH TRAIN will also participate in the “Saints on the Seas” oratorio, performed with symphonies and orchestras across Europe.
The Statsraad Lemkuhl, with ENOCH TRAIN on board, will dock in Denmark at Esbjerg and Copenhagen, in Norway at Oslo, in Sweden at Gotenborg, in Scotland at Greenock, and in England at Hull and Portsmouth. ENOCH TRAIN will also participate in the celebration in New York City at the end of the “Atlantic Crossing” portion of the Trek.
ENOCH TRAIN will bookend their trip with performances for royalty. In Esbjerg the group will play for the Prince of Denmark in an historic ecumenical church service. During their stay in Portsmouth, they will perform for Princess Ann at the “Festival of the Seas.”
Made up of some of the finest musicians in the Intermountain West, ENOCH TRAIN was born in 1997 as the brainchild of front man Clive Romney. A veteran folk musician, Romney wanted to start a band that could explore the cultural traditions, both past and present, of American folk music. The result was ENOCH TRAIN’s unique, award-winning sound, characterized by the combination of familiar melodies with international musical styles, and by the band’s incredible creativity and musicianship.
Coincidentally, the name “Enoch Train” came from another ship that carried European immigrants to America in the nineteenth century. “The name embodied everything that this group was about,” says Romney, “-people from all over the world coming together in a new land in the name of religious freedom, sharing their cultural heritage, and creating a new one in the process.”
Many of the members of ENOCH TRAIN have ancestors that crossed the Atlantic over one-hundred and fifty years ago. Romney had a great-great-grandfather who was even a musician on one of the ships that carried religious immigrants from England. “Sea Trek’s re-enactment is meaningful to each of us in the band on a very personal level,” he said.
Romney continues, “We are thrilled to be a part of Sea Trek. ENOCH TRAIN is all about celebrating and exploring our heritage. Sea Trek is doing the same.”
Fans of Enoch Train can keep in touch with the band and learn more at the band’s web site, www.enochtrain.com. Also, additional details about Sea Trek 2001 are available at the web site www.seatrek2001.com.
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