Category: Featured Artists

Becky Graham

Becky is the daughter of festival stalwart Pete Stockwell and is proud to carry on the tradition of singing songs of the sea. She has performed all over the country with acapella quartet The Witches Of Elswick and now enjoys doing so as a solo performer. She will also be treating us to some nautical tunes on fiddle and melodeon

Charlotte & Spong

  

Ever popular Charlotte & Spong are back to entertain us with their delightful arrangements of sea songs, accompanied by violin, mandolin and concertina. They will also be running the popular Shanty Karaoke session on Saturday afternoon.

 

Dutch Uncle

Hans Weehuizen (aka Dutch Uncle) is a well known figure on the Shanty scene, both here and abroad, performing solo, as a duo or with the Dutch group Enkhuizen 4+1. For 2018 in Harwich Hans will be performing both solo and as part of a dynamic duo with Ken Stephens, another of our Festival guests. He will also be running his popular “Playing the Bones” workshops on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Exmouth Shanty Men

Devon’s “original buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the maritime heritage of their home port, but have since found themselves in ports across Northern Europe, including Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland. They have appeared on national television and radio in the UK and in Europe, but can still be found with a song and a pint most Tuesdays in a pub overlooking Exmouth dock.

Hog Eye Men



The Hog Eye Men have a large and varied repertoire of sea songs and shanties which they sing in authentic style. They like to sing shanties as they used to be sung – simply, loudly and boldly. In addition to attending many other maritime events, Hog Eye Men run a regular shanty session in London and will be running some sing-around events for us here in Harwich.

Ken Stephens

An accomplished singer, musician and performer, Ken Stephens has been singing sea songs for more years than he cares to remember and has written many shanties which have passed into the tradition. He has appeared at maritime festivals all over the world, singing both solo and with other performers. Here in Harwich he will be performing on his own and as a duo with Dutch Uncle.

Men Overboard

“Za Bortom!” (Men Overboard!)

Men Overboard, from St. Petersburg, Russia, made a big impression on their first visit to Harwich last year and so we are pleased to welcome them back in 2018. Their original performances combine a mixture of traditional sea songs and shanties, including some Russian versions and exciting new material written by one of the trio – Robert Palomo.

Nordet

Nordet made a big impression when they last visited Harwich in 2014 and we are very pleased to welcome them back. Coming from Lorient in Brittany, the group have been together for 25 years and have performed at most of the major maritime festivals in the world. Their energy, enthusiasm, humour and musical ability make them an act not to miss.

Norfolk Broads

Formed in 2014, the Norfolk Broads are making a big name for themselves in the folk and maritime world. Their close harmonies and original interpretations of maritime work songs have already earned them accolades at many concerts and festivals and they have appeared at such prestigious venues as the V&A Museum, Cutty Sark and Minack Theatre. This will be their first visit to Harwich and we look forward to hosting them.

El Pony Pisador

We just had to have these guys back again! El Pony Pisador from Barcelona, made such a huge impression on the Festival last year with their vibrant, exciting and varied performances. Sea songs and shanties mix with havaneres, tuvan throat singing, tarantellas and yodelling for one of the most original acts on the scene.

Portsmouth Shanty Men

From another premier maritime town, Portsmouth Shanty Men have been singing together since the 1970s, although the line up has changed over the years. Much respected for their harmonies and arrangements the group have been in constant demand for the last 40 years, singing shanties and sea songs and flying the flag for Britain’s proud maritime heritage. We are extremely pleased to welcome them back to Harwich after a gap of a few years.

Scheepsfolk

Scheepsfolk are a four piece maritime folk band from the west coast of the Netherlands. Singing and playing both new and traditional songs, their performances are full of energy and take influence from a variety of musical genres. The band play an impressive variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, washboard, accordion and double bass and are well known at maritime events throughout Europe. They are looking forward to their first visit to Harwich.

The Shanty Crew

Chris Roche and Dominic Dowsey-Magog are two of the original members of THE Shanty Crew. They have both attended the festival before but will be singing together as The Crew for the first time this year. Both have encyclopedic knowledge of the sea and shanties and sing a powerful and interesting selection of songs.

 

Slow Loris

We are delighted to welcome Slow Loris back to the Festival again. Always extremely popular in our music venues, Slow Loris will also be performing the Friday night show on board Sailing Barge Victor. Full details in our programme. Don’t miss them.

Swinging the Lead

With some ten years of singing shanties and songs of the sea behind them, plus two well received CDs, Joe, Pete, Colin and Dave join us again this year from the shores of the tidal Thames in North West Kent.

‘Swinging the Lead’ are the resident shanty crew on the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich, keeping alive the music and traditions of the great days of sail. They sing an entertaining mix of traditional shanties, contemporary songs, including those written by members of the crew, either acapella or with instrument accompaniment!

All have sailing or sea going experience including in Pete’s case Tall Ships, Colin was an electronics engineer on Radio Caroline and Dave is a regular on the Woolwich Ferry.

Tyburn Road

Talented and popular regulars at the Festival, Tyburn Road will be entertaining us once again with superb voices and musical accompaniment. They have a wealth of experience performing, touring and researching traditional music and their love of sea songs and shanties, together with a repertoire of unusual songs and tunes makes them the perfect guests for the Festival.