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 […]


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 […]

Treasure Hunt Results

Congratulations to all the winners: Hazel Prosser, Adam Rudland, Alex Sandquest joint first children The Mayflowers 1st Adults 19/20 Andy & Maggie Schooler 2nd 18/20, Peter & Sheila Davis plus […]


Unsurprisingly we have to report that Shanty Sundays at the Pier are suspended for the foreseeable future, so no Hoolies to brighten your Easter. We have no plans to cancel […]

Alan Whitbread

As many of you will have already seen from our brief post yesterday evening, Alan Whitbread sadly passed away on Tuesday evening. He has been a supporter and valued performer […]

2020 Artists

The first confirmed artists will appear here in the Spring of 2020 but the full list won’t be published until late summer.

Shanty Bus!

If you are staying some way out of town or have a few mobility issues you will be pleased to hear that our ShantyBus will once again be running throughout […]

Shanty Train

The Shanty Train is running on the Saturday of the festival and two return times are available. From Harwich Town/Dovercourt travel on the 1028 or 1128 services, from Manningtree it’s […]

Ken Stephens

Singer, concertina player and author of several contemporary shanties often mistaken for traditional, Ken is a relaxed entertaining and knowledgeable performer, veteran of many maritime events. For 2020 he is […]

The Hoolies

Formed only last year, following a request from the Mayor of Wivenhoe, the Hoolies are already making a name for themselves and already have a very busy schedule of appearances. […]

Shötley Crüe

Another crew formed directly as a result of the Harwich Shanty Festival, Shötley Crüe have now been singing together for nearly 6 years and have performed at a number of […]

Armstrong’s Patent

One of the premier maritime groups in The Netherlands, Armstrong’s Patent is a five-man group, who perform an eclectic mix of folk and sea songs.  They deliver a professional yet […]

Festival Feedback

We have received the following remarks concerning the 2018 festival – many thanks to all who commented! “The Pirate Train was great fun” “keep up the good work” “easy going […]

Dominic Dowsey-Magog

We are deeply saddened to tell you that the lovely Dominic Dowsey-Magog died on Monday this week. A kind, gentle man and wonderful shanty singer he will be much missed […]

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 several different languages and believe it is important that both […]

Dick Miles

Dick Miles has been singing and playing music since he was 13 and lived for many years in East Anglia before moving to the Republic of Ireland. He particularly loves […]

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 rousing shanties together the group have performed extensively in Essex […]

Jim Radford

One of the diminishing numbers of survivors from WW2, Jim worked on the Naval Wartime Rescue Tug Service, based in Harwich. He also took part in the D Day Landings, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Short Drag Roger

Hailing from the well-known fishing port of Oxford, Short Drag Roger like nothing better than travelling the country and beyond, singing traditional and not so traditional sea shanties. In the […]

Tres Hombres Shanty Crew

Tres Hombres Shanty Crew from Eindhoven in the Netherlands sing traditional shanties, sea songs and forebitters in surprisingly close harmony. They are also proud ambassadors of www.fairtransport.eu the emission free […]

Treasure Hunt

Our Annual Treasure Hunt has become a popular event in the Harwich calendar and this year takes place on Friday 29th December starting at mid-day at the Alma. Come and […]

Shanty Newsletter!

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Joe Stead

I’m sure many of you will already know this, but we just wanted to share that Joe Stead passed away on March 29th after a long battle with cancer. He […]

Bob Walser

Musician, scholar and educator Bob Walser’s  musical career spans decades and continents. In the early 1980s he made his living as a shantyman at Mystic Seaport, one of the largest maritime […]


Four guys, Bob, Rob, Bob and Allan, who have been singing and drinking together for well over 20 years. The majority of our material is a capella but we do use […]

la Morescha Nova

Our first ever Italian Shanty Crew! And la Morescha are rather special as they are the only group in Italy to be concentrating on Italian maritime heritage. Their repertoire covers […]


We are more than pleased to welcoming the Excelsior to Ha’Penny Pier for this year’s Shanty Festival. Excelsior will be open to the public to come aboard and for anyone […]

Shep Woolley

Shep Woolley has been entertaining the crowds since performing at the local working men’s club as a young boy. Through Country & Western, Jazz, Skiffle and Rock’n’Roll he progressed to […]

Trim Rig & A Doxy

Trim Rig and a Doxy have been performing together at Folk and Shanty Festivals for 15 years or more and this will be their 3rd appearance at Harwich Shanty Festival. […]

Burning Glass

Burning Glass are well-known local multi-instrumentalists Mick & Penny Verrier, accompanied by family and friends.

Overheard …

“One of the best things about living in ESSEX is going to the Harwich Shanty Festival”   “I have had an awesome weekend, thank you to everyone who came along […]