Artist: Tom Kastle
About the Episode:
Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, tall ship captain, and teller of tales based in the Great Lakes who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Pacific. He toured as half of Tom & Chris Kastle for two decades, producing a dozen recordings and a soundtrack for PBS (WTTW-TV Chicago).
He has one foot in as a singer/songwriter and the other firmly planted in the traditional maritime folk music world. His hands-on background tall ships and maritime music led to an invitation by Andy Cohen to be a "professor" at "Folk University" at the 2009 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis with Enoch Kent, Tracy Schwartz and Ginny Hawker. His original songs run from the romantic to the nautical. His ballad Cold Winds has been covered by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands.
When ashore, he lives in a 19th century log cottage on the shore of Lake Mendota.