Welcome

Dear Artists, Performers, Friends, Supporters, Pirates, Craftspeople, Workshop Leaders,

It was very sad that we were not able to hold our 2020 Shanty Festival. It was not a decision we took lightly, but hopefully you will understand why we had to suspend our activities for the year. However we are determined to bring back the Festival in 2021 and to that end the committee is holding a series of Zoom Meetings to discuss the way forward. Of course we cannot know for sure what the situation will be a year from now and it is entirely possible that the 2021 Festival may yet have to be substantially different from usual. But with a year to plan, plus more knowledge about this virus gained every day, we are confident that there will be a 2021 Harwich International Shanty Festival.

We will keep everyone informed of progress via the newsletter and of course this website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, so keep up to date with developments via any or all of these channels.

If you wish to contact the festival organisers please note that we do not have an office and that all of the management and staff are volunteers with multiple responsibilities. We therefore may take a while to respond but we do promise to do our best!

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Latest News

Three CDs in stock!

We have three CDs in Stock at present:   Click on a CD Cover for a track listing and purchase...
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Three CDs in stock!

RIP Jim Radford

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RIP Jim Radford

Auction

We are holding our first online auction, the original artwork for our latest CD. Local talented artist Len Smith created...
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Auction

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