6th-8th August 2021
With 60 bands performing in several venues over three days this is going to be a musical event that you do not want to miss!
With 60 bands performing in several venues over three days this is going to be a musical event that you do not want to miss!
Assuming COVID restrictions are lifted, dates for the Sea Shanty and Folk Music Festival are 6th-8th August 2021
With 60 bands spread over a multitude of venues, this promises to be a major event and one not to be missed.
Entry to all venues is free* although donations into the charity buckets will be appreciated. Both the RNLI and The Lions Club will benefit from your kind donations.
*entry fee to Grand Pier applies
Ahaaaargh! There will be pirate crews invading Weston-Super-Mare. Watch the action unfold on the beach as pirates land with their ill-gotten gains!
Food and drink will be available in the Italian Gardens and at the venues.
Organised by Weston's own shanty band, The Steepholmers, this event will be funded by sponsorship. If you wish to assist as a sponsor, please email David.Stott@wsmshantyfest.com and we will let you know how your business can help and what you can expect from us in the way of promotion.
Arquebus perform a mixture of traditional folk songs and tunes as well as self written songs performed in an upbeat contemporary style with the energy of a band that loves entertaining.
If you love folk, you’ll love these guys….BBC Somerset
B&W are the fiddle and melodeon players from the punk folk band, Swing Rioters. The pairing has been recently formed following the demand for pure folk sets received by the pair. B&W is the folky element. Robin, the melodeon player, has lectured around the country on folk song and these lectures have led to a request for concert performances
Beach Boyz shanty crew were formed 1st February 2013, named after our famous “Back Beach” where everyone meets to watch the sunsets and socialise. The Hawaiian shirts are inspired by the 60’s group the Beach Boys.
Baggyrinkle, brought together by Dave Robinson (retired) and managed by the long suffering but brilliant Terri Kennedy, are in their 27th year. Four original singers- Ken, Dave James, Andy and Tony – have been joined by Alan, Kevin and Gareth. Our close friendship underpins our singing. We are probably the only shanty group in the U.K. with a constitution that starts “Baggyrinkle aims to have fun”. And we do! https://www.facebook.com/Baggyrinkle/videos/1300607777005589
Barnacle Buoys is a non-profit group of a cappella sea shanty singers based in North Somerset. We exist to enjoy our craft, entertain our audiences and raise money for our chosen charities.
Since 2013 the Barnacle Buoys have enjoyed a shared love of shanty music along with the occasional pint or two in the Old Inn, Clevedon. The Buoys have their own unique style, pleasing audiences and raising money across the South West region.
Heavily influenced by world music, blues and rock, Barney blends storytelling and acoustic music with his foot-stomping somewhat delta style. His writing crosses many boundaries throughout a live set, from Anglo-Celtic tunes to southern-blues rock to retellings of traditional songs from the transatlantic scene. His slide playing is ever-exciting to watch whilst his more driving style of guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment to his lyrical narratives.
The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers Shanty and Folk band formed in 1999 and have raised nearly £250,000 for a range of national and local charities. They perform a mix of traditional tunes to humorous local songs at events and one-off concerts. They also go busking in pubs in North Norfolk during the holiday season thanks to the support of ten local landlords.
Bow Movement is a shanty crew from Kennford, Devon. Once dubbed "the Take That of Shanty World" due to their young dashing good looks, they match this with their great singing and banter. They first started as a project to support Men's Mental Health in early 2020 and decided that they were having so much fun they'd continue.
Collings A cappella Shanty Krew are a Daughter and Father shanty duo from Teignmouth. Kathryn has sung since she was very young, including 11 years with Wren Music performing and teaching. Shanties have been a major part of her life since her dad Steve joined the Back Beach Boyz. Kathryn's pure vocals refuse to defined by genre – she sings the music she loves, blend in beautiful harmonies with Steve.
Claddagh Folk are a 3pc Irish Folk band who sing the songs of long ago up to modern folk with their own style of humour and craic. We also write our own material reflecting on the modern times and the culture that we have grown up with. We look forward to performing in front of you all. https://youtu.be/JOM9zq9ESqI
Dorset Wrecks sea shanty group are Dorset’s premier old buoy band as the 12 members’ ages add up to 813 giving an average age of nearly 68 even with a youngster of 56 among us. We rehearse weekly at the Old Town Hall, Weymouth where we have been recording our second CD, which has been delayed because of Covid. https://www.facebook.com/felicity.voisey/videos/10210957110744774/?__cft__=AZW33qTGtYip2DAW8uNC9XTLCkH0Jsy8CEUSqLciq0QZE7iDHr9GiE0PNMoj-man4NYe1bNdPk2cxFeuVV2hSWEGBKOHK4NmZyqP1gP0fL
We are Easy & Free,from Giethoorn. Since 2016, six men have been travelling from place to place in the Netherlands with their music and can also be found regularly in Germany.
Easy & Free has (if we say so ourselves) a good live reputation. We have already performed at major events in the Netherlands and Germany
Freddie's Barnet are a duo providing that smooth intimate style. It's not difficult to enjoy an evening of love songs Sea Shanties and folk songs in the company of Freddie's Barnet with their obvious passion for the original songs and will surprise you with some new shanties of their own.
Friggitt are a trio from landlocked Swindon performing songs of a nautical nature, traditional and contemporary, including some original songs. We are....
Chris Turpin: vocals, bass and uke.
Ted Shaw: vocals, guitar, harmonica and uke
Allan Allsop: vocals, bohdran.
We are High and Dry and stranded like so may musicians at the moment. We are also High and Dry, a bunch of a dozen shanty singers from the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Yes, we are landlocked, but it is a fact that if you stand on tiptoes and strain your eyes, you may see the sea…We’ve been singing together, on and off, for a good few years, and we enjoy getting together for a beer, a chat and to hone our varying singing skills and to learn some new maritime songs https://www.facebook.com/
Lively acoustic music. DIY ethic. Punk attitude. Powerful vocals, strong rhythms and catchy melodies. Invincible Pigs play a lively mix of original songs, traditional tunes and jigs, with the odd shanty thrown in for good measure. Coming soon to a sty near you.
Jolly Roger Recipe - by the Ship's Cook
1. A family of Cornish pirates
2. A mixture of folk, rock & punk genres
3. Sprinkle in some harmonies & shanty goodness
4. A few drops of comedy & inner metal-head mentality
5. Grab a drink and get ready to experience an eruption of energy!
JollyRoger have hung up their cutlasses and taken to a life of music. https://jollyrogerbanduk.co.uk/ourmusic.html
Kings Pond Shantymen got together around the turn of the century and sing out mainly in Hampshire and West Surrey. We perform shanties and other seafaring songs, interspersed with a few ditties, drinking and working songs; we have raised £000s for RNLI and other charities and have published two sea-dees. We aim for an authentic shanty style, unaccompanied male voices with the odd harmony thrown in on a good day. https://www.facebook.com/kingspondshantymen/videos/334696714171871/?t=3/2693393
Seductive trio, fifty-somethings, The Les Premiers de Bordée were lulled by the sea waves of the Land of Lorient and other maritime lands. Their repertoire sails between traditional or contemporary marine songs and personal texts with a salty taste... dynamic and bold interpretations to find all the colours of seafarers...
Livery Road is a small group of friends who get together now and again to perform mostly acoustic folk and nautical songs, and some self-written material but also classic pop songs and similar material wherever appropriate for the venue and most importantly, the audience. We do this for fun, and often to raise cash for specific charities.
Dawn Kelly & Neil Bailey’s MAGPIE22' are an Acoustic/Americana band from The South West , playing a fusion of original Americana/Folk/Country/Blues. In Spring 2019 we completed a very successful month in Nashville, Tennessee, playing iconic venues such as 'The Bluebird Cafe' & 'Radio City Cafe' to standing ovations.
Formed in 2014 Mains'l Haul have evolved into a lively group, singing shanties and songs of the sea. We sing mostly unaccompanied but also play a variety instruments including melodeon, guitar, concertinas and recorders. Audience participation is encouraged and welcome
Fresh from the rolling green fields of the West Country, to the dark places where badgers roam, comes the semi-mythical Mighty Shinkickers. As the name suggests these scrump fuelled ne’re do wells, aim to get your feet stomping as they whip up a storm. From teary-eyed songs about by-gone days, to timber shivering shanties, the Mighty Shinkickers explore the rural and seafaring heritage of the misty west.
From Bishopsteignton & Teignmouth, Mother’s Ruin are an upbeat folk-rock 'n' roots band, taking inspiration from traditional and modern songs. An original treatment of a strong song is what we’re all about, and we’ve performed at many festivals, folk clubs, pubs, weddings and charity and community events.
Alt-Folk Singer/Songwriter Paige Forster writes lyrics that often traverse topics that may seem dark but are juxtaposed with emotional melodies that soar through a warm light. After relocating from the snowy mountains of Eastern Australia to beautiful Cornwall, her song writing style continues to evolve, becoming even richer with imagery as she delves deeper into love, life away from home, and what lies ahead.
I took to the guitar at around 16. My brother had been learning on the classic £40 token Argos classical acoustic. It had a string missing but I still managed to imagine some rudimentary songs out of it. Once my brother showed me how to read tabs, I was off… Since then I’ve had nothing in the way of formal musical education. I have some talented friends who have shown me a few tricks along the way. Quite enjoyed the journey of figuring it out by ear’. https://www.richbrown.uk/about
Hi. We are a pirate and Royal Navy re-enactment group, we recreate skirmishes and weapon displays. We also have shanty singers within our group that sing mostly for pleasure but have come second and third in the open shanty competition at Harwich.
In 2017 a retired teacher from a small village overlooking the banks of the Severn was challenged by an old friend to form a sea shanty group and sing at the inaugural Tywardreath Sea Shanty Festival. This is how the Severn Whalers came to be.
Now the Whalers have settled into a crew of five who somehow find the time to rehearse weekly and perform monthly at local pubs, and also at many shanty festivals across the Southwest.
We are Clive Brooks, Des Patalong and Vaughan Hully.
Between us, we have been singing to audiences at folk clubs and festivals both individually and in various groups for well over sixty years. We sing shanties and maritime songs, mostly upbeat but with some quieter items to give variety to our performances. We don't just sing in unison, so you can expect to hear strong and different harmonies from us they are a feature of our singing.
Short Drag Roger began just after the turn of the millennium in the landlocked village of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire. Like true shanty men we sing traditional sea shanties, some dating back as far as the sixteenth century. We sing in strict work rhythm, to keep the true character of work songs. However the rich and exotic chorus harmonies are all our own! In keeping with tradition, we also write our own shanties https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7acelnfjPv0&feature=emb_logo
London based songwriter, Simon O'Grady plays gentle songs and finger-picked guitar, using open tunings, complex rhythms and folk-influenced melodies.
He has just finished recording a new album: ‘Glass Eye’ with Mercury, Grammy and MOBO nominated producer Sonny Johns.
Possibly Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes finest Shanty Group. We sing songs of the sea and add energy to classic shanties.
Available at reasonable cost to all venues serving real ale.
Other locations grudgingly considered.
Storm Force 10 are a Bristol based Shanty and Sea-Song group who ply their trade, predominantly, to raise funds for local charities and keep the tradition of shanty singing and tales of Bristol’s connection to the sea and the wide world alive
Talebearer are an acoustic folk rock band from the Portsmouth area. We call on an eclectic mix of styles and instrumentation to produce our original compositions based on traditional tales and events. Murder ballads sit happily alongside upbeat songs flavoured with polkas, jigs and the odd march.
The Beach'd Buoys are a local Weston group specialising in Shanty. The group is also a part of the much larger Weston Ukulele Players and often incorporate this into their performances.
We are a highly experienced group of singers, musicians and song writers performing at folk clubs, festivals and local events. We live around the Buckinghamshire area. We believe in fun and don't just sing shanties, but songs of work, love, joys and disasters. We make you laugh and cry. Hopefully we make you want to join in, so come and see us for a rip roaring chorus. We are the Brave Marauders, Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah.
Another year and The Chantry Buoys are a little more crabby. Some of us are sporting new mullets though. Why not hake your way along to a Chantry Buoys gig. You won’t hear any rock or sole but you will hear us ling some songs in The Quay of Sea. You know it’s going to be brill.
Never mind the pollack, it’s The Chantry Buoys! https://thechantrybuoys.co.uk
Traditional and modern Shanty singers, who sing mainly Cornish songs, sung with a passion for the area we all hail from which is Boscastle North Cornwall, all the classic shanties and some new and different ones
The Gloucester Diamonds has been a well-known shanty group for several decades. The latest line-up includes the original founder member, Rod Penlington, on guitar, Paul and Mel Carter on vocals and Flash ( AKA Les Griffiths) more vocals.
The Gloucester Diamonds | Facebook
We are a fine body of singers, with big hearts and big smiles. We are perhaps the longest serving purveyors of sea shanties and sea songs in the UK today. We like to sing well and are renown for our harmonies, musical arrangements and for being full of surprises.
Most importantly we want people to enjoy our music, join in and have fun.
We are a fine body of singers, with big hearts and big smiles. We are perhaps the longest serving purveyors of sea shanties and sea songs in the UK today. We like t Well established shanty crew from Leigh on Sea in Essex performing shanties and drinking songs including 'Rolling Down the River' penned by founding member Jack Forbes.
The Jamestown Brothers are a nine piece upbeat and original country folk rock band from Somerset and were formed in 2018. Bringing together guitars, trumpet, fiddle trombone, recorder, bass ,drums and keyboards has ensured the band have created their own identifiable sound.
The Kilpecks - Fresh upbeat folk In the heart of the Celtic Marchers lies the unique Kilpeck Church, adorned with the most incredible Romanesque carvings. It’s the perfect influence for the four piece folk band The Kilpecks, who reside on the fringes and within the folds of this Celtic world.
Here come the Lower Deckers – formed originally in 2017 to sing a couple of shanties requested by a friend for his birthday party.They enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to carry on. The Lower Deckers continue ot evolve and add to there ever-growing repertoire of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. The Lower Deckers are Neil, Gaynor, Paul, Marie, Ken (our old Sea Dog) and Tom.
The Roaring Trowmen' are four hearty men from Bristol who sing sea shanties and songs of the salty deep with passion, power, humour and glorious blending harmonies. Founded in 2013, split up in 2017 but then re-formed in 2020,we hope to rekindle much of the mirth and majesty from former years.
The Rogue Shanty Buoys are an energetic folk group based (and home-brewed) in rural Suffolk with an unmistakably bold and original sound and an emphasis on strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements.
Formed two years ago The Solent Shanty Buoys are a group of friends who enjoy singing shanties but also some lesser known songs of the sea. They have performed at a lot of different events to a wide range of audiences, always encouraging audience participation.
A capella band from Weston-Super-Mare We are the resident shanty group at the Fork n Ale Taproom, in Weston-super-Mare, performing at our regular 3rd Wednesday monthly 'Shanty Night' with invited guest bands. We also perform for community groups, events, and festivals. We take no fee for performing and collect donations for the RNLI in Weston-super-Mare and our local Lions Club.
Stuns’ls - formed from Mevagissey, Charlestown and Truro Cornish Pilot Gig rowing clubs and named from one our earliest songs “Old Maui”. Stuns'ls sailors slang for Studding Sails - an extra sail that can be hauled out on a square-rigged vessels yardarm to run in light winds. We are definitely a light-hearted bunch who don’t take life to seriously and we intend to enjoy every minute of the journey.
Strings & Things are a high energy contemporary folk band from Tipperary, Ireland. Over the years have created a unique sound mixing various genres from their backgrounds. Influences include, Trad, Folk, Pop and Rock. They have done two tours in Orlando, Florida where they were playing at Raglan Road in Disney Springs. Now at home they are concentrating on their original music.
First formed circa. 1983 in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. We have performed at various events & festivals over the years in Great Britain, Ireland & Europe with a combination of traditional & accompanied maritime music & song
Wellington Acoustic Music club has been running for about 20 years, for the past 12 years at the "Wellington Art Centre". It is open to anyone to just turn up and play.
Orkiestra Samanta is a folk rock band from Wroclaw, Poland. Their one-of-a-kind musical creation is a spectacular wealth of sparkling music, laying a glamorous canvas for epic sea stories. Their original lyrics and melodies are greatly inspired by Irish folk, shanties, and their own travels to the sea, but also deeply rooted in modern rock, resulting in a unique crossover. http://www.orkiestrasamanta.pl/video.html
Internationally acclaimed 21st century shanty singer. Quick witted comedy and a unique delivery of sea songs with the occasional self-penned song never fails to satisfy an audience.
Charlotte and Spong are singers who are at home singing and playing 'between decks', in concerts, in nautical museums and in dockside pubs. They play concertina and fiddle - real 'shipboard' instruments. '...beautiful arrangements of sea songs and shanties' Harwich International Festival 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJRsy4wTaT8
Tappers Knapp were formed in 2016 in the village of Uplyme, Devon. We sing unaccompanied, and started as a regular shanty-style group, but soon realised that there was more fun to be had from widening our repertoire.
These days we sing a wide variety of folk songs, both traditional and contemporary, from the British Isles and further afield.