Salt Water and Beer were inspired to form a Shanty Crew by the magnificent Thames Barges moored at their home town of Maldon. Their impromptu sing on the quayside there, led to further performances locally and then further afield. They aspire to continue the tradition of singing shanties and sea songs while, most importantly, having fun !
Shötley Crüe are a 7-piece “pocket choir” who formed because of our Festival in 2014. Since then they have launched their own vessel with a cargo of characterful sea songs and shanties, and watery stuff in general. Never more than 70 miles from the sea, the Crüe have dropped anchor at various festivals, folk clubs and friendly ports around the country.
Stuart is a familiar face at our Festival, but this year, for the first time, he will be performing solo. A popular and lively entertainer Stuart has performed widely in the U.K. and worldwide. He currently lives in Holland, where he has joined a Dutch Shanty Crew, so his performance schedule has extended even further !