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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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Nordet

Another of our most popular performers, Nordet join us again from Lorient in Brittany. They sing shanties and sea songs...
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Nordet

Capstan Full Strength

Capstan Full Strength are a six strong vocal harmony group who have sung songs of the sea, land and work...
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Capstan Full Strength

Telegraph Community Choir

Another London based group, Telegraph Community Choir will be visiting us for the second time this year. They recently celebrated...
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Telegraph Community Choir

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

Roger and Liz return to the festival with lively interpretations of maritime songs, often accompanied by accordion or whistle. They...
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Impressed

Malcolm Ward & Pete Stockwell

Malcolm and Pete, both well established figures on the Kent Folk scene, will be performing together at HISF with a...
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Malcolm Ward & Pete Stockwell

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

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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2024 Festival - We are excited to be planning this year’s Festival (11-13 October), and are looking for volunteer stewards to help us with the following tasks: – checking or selling tickets on […]
Quiz! - The New Bell are hosting a quiz tomorrow, 12 June, in support of the Shanty Festival. Please support the quiz!
Linda Irene Mitchell - It’s another sad post unfortunately. Linda Irene Mitchell, more affectionately known as ‘Little Lin’, was a member of ‘The Golden Rivets’ for over 20 years and played at the Harwich […]