Spitzer Space Telescope & Mareva are a fiercely passionate and commanding vocal group. With a deep repertoire of sea shanties and ballads of the British Isles, the duo draws inspiration from the Watersons, the Young Tradition, Smithsonian recordings and their peers.

Spitzer Space Telescope is a solo balladeer and songwriter who performs frequently around the United States. With a booming voice and wild energy, SST mixes original and traditional material ranging from old-time fiddle tunes to English/Irish ballads and sea shanties. Spitzer Space Telescope is the co-founder of Chicago’s traditional music collective, Old Lazarus’ Harp, and is an active producer and organizer of folk music concerts and events.

Chicago native Mareva Lindo is a troubadour and lifelong collector of folk music. Raised playing music with her family, she was steeped in sea songs early on via the shanty singers of the Heritage Boat Club at Montrose Harbor. Mareva is also a freelance writer, editor and cultural journalist. She’s currently producing a series of podcasts exploring the rare archival recordings of the Resource Center at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

“He uses the fiddle and guitar as they should be. His new partner, Mareva, is just right with harmony and has a wonderfully sly sense about her own songs. Enjoy them both!”

– Josh Dunson, Real People’s Music