Category: Artists for 2018


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.

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 17 years of their existence they have attended a variety of functions, countries and Festivals. They say they will sing to anyone, anywhere, anytime at the “Drop of a Hat” and challenge you to try it and see what happens!

Shötley Crüe

Shotley Crue are a pocket choir of 7 men and women, who through their own unique arrangements, sing a wide range of songs about our relationship to the sea. They initially got together in 2014, in the Suffolk village of Shotley to sing at the Harwich International Shanty festival, and have been steadily broadening and developing their repertoire since then, playing at Folk Clubs, Festivals,  Art Centres and Museums across the South East.

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.

Telegraph Community Choir

Based in New Cross Gate, London, Telegraph Community Choir have performed mostly at London pubs, venues and festivals, but are excited about venturing as far as the Essex Coast to sing some of the shanties they love.

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 the emission free shipping company.

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.