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Winter is barely out of the way but we’re already booking artists for this year’s festival – 11th-13th October 2019! There’s plenty more to be added to the roster over the next few months.

For a full listing of the confirmed artists, see the Artists page

 

 

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We are holding our first online auction. For our latest CD, In Dry Dock, local talented artist Len Smith, created...
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“In Dry Dock” CD

Our lockdown shanty CD, In Dry Dock, is now available  via this site priced £8 plus £2* p&p. It features...
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“In Dry Dock” CD

2020 Statement

Dear Artists, Performers, Friends, Supporters, Pirates, Craftspeople, Workshop Leaders, We know that many of you have been waiting for an...
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2020 Statement

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2020 Statement

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Special Events

Friends!

Friends of Harwich International Shanty Festival   Our festival is very proud of its close ties with the local community...
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Friends!

Festival Dates

We're gearing up for the 2020 festival in October so please put 8-11 October into your diary/calendar/organiser 2020 is promising...
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Festival Dates

Kimbers Men Workshop & Concert

What a great day! Many many thanks to Kimbers Men for coming to Harwich for this event, as well as...
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Kimbers Men Workshop & Concert

Shanty Auction

Thanks to all those who attended, bid, provided Lots and generally had a good time at the Auction. We raised...
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Shanty Auction

Treasure Hunt 28th Dec!

Our popular Annual Treasure Hunt was on Friday 28th December starting as usual at the Alma. It’s always a great...
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Treasure Hunt 28th Dec!

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Nordet

One of our most popular and most requested guests, Nordet are back to sing at our big 2020 Festival. They...
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Nordet

Tyburn Road

Dave and Ian sing mainly maritime sets together as Tyburn Road and have become a regular fixture at HISF. With...
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Tyburn Road

Old Gaffers

A performance from Old Gaffers from South Devon is always inclusive and engaging and delivered with their own brand of...
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Old Gaffers

London Sea Shanty Collective

The London Sea Shanty Collective is a community choir who sing shanties and maritime songs with one eye to tradition...
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London Sea Shanty Collective

Hans Weehuizen

Hans is a regular performer at our Festival now and in addition to singing and playing concertina/melodeon he will be...
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Hans Weehuizen

Ken Stephens

Singer, concertina player and author of several contemporary shanties often mistaken for traditional, Ken is a relaxed entertaining and knowledgeable...
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Ken Stephens

Hog Eye Men

The Hog Eye Men join us once again from London to sing authentic shanties in a traditional manner. All members...
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Hog Eye Men

Swinging the Lead

One of our popular regulars, Swinging the Lead join us once again, having now expanded into a six-piece band. Their...
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Swinging the Lead

Charlotte & Spong

Tireless supporters of the Festival, Charlotte and Spong will be entertaining us over the weekend with their beautiful arrangements of...
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Charlotte & Spong

Impressed

Sea songs and shanties, both acapella and accompanied, make up Impressed’s repertoire. They specialise in rousing choruses and audience participation....
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Impressed

Malcolm Ward & Pete Stockwell

Singing sometimes unaccompanied, sometimes with banjo or concertina, regular guests Malc and Pete deliver a varied selection of traditional and...
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Malcolm Ward & Pete Stockwell

Capstan Full Strength

Mainly Suffolk based crew Capstan Full Strength, have been singing together now for over 20 years and continue to impress...
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Capstan Full Strength

Salt Water & Beer

Another Essex crew from Maldon, Salt Water and Beer have been singing together for a number of years. They have...
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Salt Water & Beer

Felix Stowaways

Visiting again from across the seas, well the Orwell, are popular local group Felix Stowaways, who are blessed with the...
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Felix Stowaways

Shötley Crüe

Another crew formed directly as a result of the Harwich Shanty Festival, Shötley Crüe have now been singing together for...
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Shötley Crüe

Motley Crew

From just along the Essex coast in Brightlingsea, Motley Crew are a very popular local group whose performances are always...
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Motley Crew

Mains’l Haul

Mains’l Haul join us again from Maldon, a little further down the Essex Coast. They sing a lively mix of...
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Mains’l Haul

Harwich Shanty Crew

Formed from a workshop at our Festival back in 2010, Harwich Shanty Crew are now much in demand locally and...
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Harwich Shanty Crew

Golden Rivets

A home-grown Harwich group, the Golden Rivets have been performing together for many years. Their performances are upbeat and inclusive.
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Golden Rivets

Rattlin’ Winches

Local Buoys, sorry boys, Ben, Len and Roy must be the hardest working shanty singers at the Festival this year...
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Rattlin’ Winches

Naze Shanty Crew

Naze Shanty Crew founded the Harwich International Shanty Festival after casting envious glances across the bay from Walton-on-the-Naze. Now none...
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Naze Shanty Crew

Becky Graham

Becky is the daughter of festival stalwart Pete Stockwell and is proud to carry on the tradition of singing songs...
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Becky Graham

Les Corsaires de la Vesdre

From Limbourg in Belgium, Les Corsaires are keen travellers and have appeared at maritime festivals throughout Europe. They sing in...
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Les Corsaires de la Vesdre

Dick Miles

Dick Miles has been singing and playing music since he was 13 and lived for many years in East Anglia...
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Dick Miles

Alan Whitbread

We’re always pleased to welcome Alan back to Harwich. His performances are lively, inclusive and entertaining and make the shanties...
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Alan Whitbread

Exmouth Shanty Men

Devon’s “original buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the maritime heritage of...
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Exmouth Shanty Men

Telegraph Community Choir

Based in New Cross Gate, London, Telegraph Community Choir have performed mostly at London pubs, venues and festivals, but are...
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Telegraph Community Choir

The Hoy Shanty Crew

The Hoy Shanty Crew sprung out of The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Southend area’s longest running Folk Club. Singing...
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Jim Radford

One of the diminishing numbers of survivors from WW2, Jim worked on the Naval Wartime Rescue Tug Service, based in...
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Jim Radford

Men Overboard

“Za Bortom!” (Men Overboard!) Men Overboard, from St. Petersburg, Russia, made a big impression on their first visit to Harwich last...
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Men Overboard
- We are holding our first online auction. For our latest CD, In Dry Dock, local talented artist Len Smith, created an original acrylic painting to be used as the artwork for the CD. He has now donated this painting to the Festival for auction. The painting is approximately 2ft (60cm) square & is painted in […]
“In Dry Dock” CD - Our lockdown shanty CD, In Dry Dock, is now available  via this site priced £8 plus £2* p&p. It features 22 artists who have either played Harwich Sea Shanty Festival in recent years or who were due to play this year: (*UK Only £2 P&P included – see below for other destinations)   For a […]
2020 Statement - Dear Artists, Performers, Friends, Supporters, Pirates, Craftspeople, Workshop Leaders, We know that many of you have been waiting for an announcement on plans for the 2020 Harwich International Shanty Festival. We also know that many of you are desperately keen to hear that we will be going ahead as usual. Not only those performers who […]