Mar 4, 2017
Roll the Old Chariot YouTube hits 2M
So this happened: Roll The Old Chariot on YouTube
This video of Roll the Old Chariot at the end of the Portsmouth Maritime Festival hit 2 million views the other day. It's become the cat video of sea chanteys on YouTube. Fortunately it has generated a fair amount of work. Fun work! I sang 2 concerts at Yale. I sang three songs at a birthday party as a surprise singing telegram. During the repeat of the last chorus to the chantey I walked out, leaving them all singing. I could hear them half a block away. Mid March I go to Germany to sing this song for a spec commercial for Guinness. And we're "breaking the bank" $.99 at a time from downloads on the Recordings page.
Dec 31, 2016
Letter from a Parent
I wanted to write to let you know the impact your school enrichment program had on my son. He was fortunate enough to enjoy two of your programs while a student at Cabot School in Newton. He loved them both and spent many hours describing the music and instruments to us after. He is now in 7th grade.
You were kind enough to send him sheet music from one of the songs you played on the tin whistle
when he wrote you that he had bought a tin whistle
and was learning to play it. He taught himself to play the tin whistle
and the concertina and is now interested in the bombarde. He loves folk music, especially sea shanties, still. He decided he wanted to learn the fife and is now a fifer for the Middlesex county 4H Fife and Drum corps. His latest endeavor is in taking bagpipe lessons. While it is clear that he has an affinity for music, we feel that your presentations were “instrumental” in his desire to explore different types of music. Your presentation also peaked his interest in history and culture and he continues researching and learning about music from around the world.
Nov 15, 2015
I'm a "baaaaaaaad" administrator
I must apologize for being so delinquent in writing updates. My website guru, Carol Lasky of the inimitable Cahoots design, has reprimanded me and out of sense of guilt I write this update.
A couple of important developments to report.
1) I have been named artist-in-resident at Revels. What this means is I will continue to present my School Enrichment Programs but under the Revels banner. Revels will take care of all the school bookings and I will continue to present. It's as sweet deal for both of us. Emily Williams, Revels education director, will be coordination all the bookings. I have to say it's really fun working with Emily. I have known her since was in the children's chorus of Revels.
2) The William Sloane Coffin Sermon Archive Project has been finished. After over three years of collecting and digitizing more than 330 sermons my father delivered from the pulpit at Riverside Church in New York City, the entire collection is now available to download from the website. As I've said the whole time it was a labor of love and a lot of each. Please feel free to share the website.
Mar 10, 2014
Narration on Boston Harbor
Well the snow is STILL on the ground but I'm gearing up for the harbor cruises
in Boston starting March 29th. Don't worry there's heat on these vessels. We have doubled the number of narrated trips this year to 216 a week. No that was not a typo. Lots of auditions happening for narrators and then it's sit on a boat and listen, take copious notes, fix it, and do it again...and again...and again. I'll be hosting the Weekend Brunch Cruises
every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 starting late May and running right through the end of Sept. You have to eat somewhere so you might as well eat with me. See you on the harbor.
Oct 21, 2013
What a great letter!
In the past week, I have gotten more enthusiastic comments about your work with the CAWS students than I have ever heard from our school. You were the talk of the town for days! I heard things from "my daughter sat at the dinner table and recounted every single joke he told.... she thinks that if David Coffin decides to quit being a musician, he should be a comedian!" to "after the presentation, the 3rd graders ran upstairs and all pulled out their recorders" to "my 7th grader said he was 'awesome' -- an incredible response from a 7th grader!"
My own son (6th grade) was skeptical about your advice to take a slide whistle to high school ("I don't really think that's all that cool," he said) but he pulled out his bass recorder on Friday night and played it all weekend long.
Thank you so much for all you brought to our school! As you know, all the students at CAWS play recorders, but they don't always play them with enthusiasm. You turned this taken-for-granted instrument into a source of inspiration and the students are now looking at their recorders with renewed interest, even curiosity. Giving them historical context, an understanding of the acoustical properties, and filling their ears with the beautiful sounds of the instruments went a long way to inspire the children.
We are all grateful for your work. I fully expect that it will have long-term effects at CAWS. Thank you!!!!
Sep 23, 2013
Comment from a college student.
It's messages like this one that keep me going (among a host of other things).
Hi Mr. Coffin!
I came across your site this week and had my memory jogged of you coming to my elementary school about 11 years ago to show your instruments. I was fascinated as a kid and got my own Ocarina and Bombard which I still play today. I wanted to thank you for inspiring myself and others to get involved with these instruments. I have connected with many people and become involved with many different areas of music thanks to your school visits!
Aug 29, 2011
Recorder App Almost Ready to Launch!
For the past 18 months we have been developing a recorder app designed to help the beginning recorder student learn to better play the instrument. This will be a fun and interactive teaching tool for students to learn the notes, see when the note is in tune, and where it goes on the staff. It will even notate what you play. Stay tuned (no pun intended). Launch date is imminent.
Jun 2, 2011
Brunch Cruise Saturday Sunday at Noon
As director of the Narration Program for Boston Harbor Cruises it's been a busy April and May so far with the hiring and training of new narrators for the season on the harbor. They are all coming along nicely and doing a fine job. I hope you will come join me on the weekend Brunch Cruise that goes every Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day through early October (with 3 exceptions) from Long Wharf in Boston. I narrate these trips and it's very informative while also being rather fun. Oh, and the food is really good. Check my calendar and "click through" for the 20% discount.
Mar 4, 2010
William Sloane Coffin Sermon Archive Project
Some of you may know that William Sloane Coffin was my father. I am taking my recording skills in the studio and digitally archiving at least the 303 sermons he preached from the pulpit at Riverside Church in New York from 1977-1987. I hope to find earlier sermons and speeches from the 1960's to transfer to a digital medium. You can find more information about this project here: www.williamsloanecoffin.org
Jan 28, 2010
Upcoming Smithsonian CD
The Smithsonian is working on a Civil War exhibit and a CD to go with it. Dan Milner, who has done recordings for the Smithsonian in the past, has asked me to participate on this project. Stay tuned for more information as I learn the material. I can say right now that the Pirate Ship Alabama will be well documented in song on this recording.
Nov 28, 2009
New CD Last Trip Home NOW available here!
The new CD is now available here on my website. Click Shop over there to your left and it will take you to my fancy Nimbit "skin" where you can buy the CD and it will be mailed to you. If you'd like it mailed to some one as a gift please put their address to ship it directly. Don't forget to get one for your self! You can also download it instantly if you just can't wait. Many thanks and enjoy.
David. Last Trip Home
Nov 23, 2009
Wynken Blynken and Nod have arrived
Wynken Blynken and Nod has just been added to the download music
section of the website. This is the bonus
track to the new CD.
I used to read the story to Linnea when she was little and now she performs it with me.
Nov 13, 2009
New CD available to download
The new CD, Last Trip Home, is available here on the website for download only. The physical CD will be here the week of Thanksgiving.
Nov 12, 2009
David on Celtic Sojourn Nov. 28th between 12-3pm
I will be on 89.7 FM WGBH Boston and streaming live on WGBH.org
on Brian O'Donovan's Celtic Sojourn talking about, and playing, the new CD, Last Trip Home. Tune in and give a listen.
Nov 9, 2009
Last Trip Home CD Update
Within the next few days the New CD will be available for download here on the website. Click "download music" to get there.
Nov 8, 2009
November swim in the ocean
Okay, maybe not so smart but it was fun. And Brisk!!!
Nov 5, 2009
Revels coming up soon
Revels is coming up next month. Check the calendar for times and dates. It's an American theme this year with special tradition bearer, Suzannah Park.
Oct 28, 2009
New CD, Last Trip Home, due this November
New CD, Last Trip Home, is off to press today. Thanks to Cahootsdesign.com for amazing design work, and as always, thanks to Gerry Putnam, engineer at CedarHouse Sound and Mastering, for masterful work.
Sep 5, 2009
David premieres his new song at RiverSing on Sept. 20
Come to RiverSing on September 20, 2009 to hear the premiere of a new song written by David Coffin. RiverSing is an annual event sponsored by Revels
and the Charles River Conservancy. The event gets underway at 5:00 pm at the Weeks Bridge. For more performances and events, check out the Calendar
Sep 4, 2009
David is now in booking mode for school year '09/10
Read more about David's school enrichment programs here
. You can also fill out an online booking inquiry here
Sep 3, 2009
New website launched!
Thanks to Cahoots Design for amazing work!!