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 our Festival at this present time, but of course we are continually monitoring the situation and will let everyone know if there is any change
The Rogue Shanty Buoys are joining us on 22nd February for a daytime shanty workshop and evening concert,
We were at the Harwich Town Sailing Club on Thursday evening.
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 the weekend to call at outlying areas in Dovercourt and Parkeston. The full timetable is in our programme, available to download from our website or to purchase from many venues in old Harwich
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 the 1101 & 1201 services. Visit www.esscrp.org.uk for tickets
The 2019 programme is now available to buy! Click on the Paypal button to download the high resolution pdf version onto your device or computer.
Only £2! (Cover price £3)
The printed programme is now available from the usual outlets* for £3.
* Ha’Penny Pier visitor centre, participating pubs and selected shops/restaurants.
Summer shanties on the Pier has produced a fantastic response this year resulting in the following groups volunteering their services at the following times. Do go along to see them if you can. All starting around about midday. And thanks to all the groups who have volunteered to support the Festival in this way.
Sunday 18th August The Hoolies from Wivenhoe
Sunday 25th August Shantyfolk from Lavenham area
Saturday 7th September Felix Stowaways from foreign lands
Sunday 22nd September Pot of Gold from Swaffham area
We’ve had an excellent response to our appeal for potential accommodation over the Shanty Festival weekend and have started a database of people offering and people requiring accommodation. However we still need more, so if you live in Harwich or Dovercourt and would be interested in letting out some rooms on the weekend of 11-13th October please email us with your details. Likewise if you are still searching let us know. We may be able to help: [email protected]
The 2019 Flyers are just out and in the process of being distributed locally and then further afield. If you think you can help distribute any fliers in your area please let us know and we will send you a bundle. Open this post by clicking on the image then click on the image below to download a high resolution PDF version.
With the current lack of accommodation in the town we are desperate to find beds for some of our performers. Are there any local residents amongst you who would be able to offer rooms for deserving singers? Despite being Shanty Men we find that most are very well house trained and make excellent guests! We can offer Season Ticket wristbands to households who are able to help out in this way. Please do email [email protected] for more details.
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 friendly atmosphere”
“we love the whole atmosphere of the Festival”
“the quality of acts at the Saturday evening concert is always excellent”
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 follow a set of cryptic clues taking you around the old town of Harwich. There are picture clues for youngsters and so this is a true family event. Prizes awarded for the winners and there is stiff competition nowadays to gain the sought after trophy!
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We were treated to Quidnunc, from Kent, at our 2014 festival but, sadly, in November 2014 we heard that a member of Quidnunc had died in a car accident. Kerry (right) will be remembered for their music and jest for everything. Our sympathies went to Mandy, Kerry’s wife, and to their musical partner Stuart Pendrill.
Stuart disbanded the group and has since attended Harwich Shanty Festival solo or as a member of several Dutch groups.
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 still seeking accommodation over the festival weekend B&B is also available. Contact www.theexcelsiortrust.co.uk for more information
Peter Everson “Most enjoyable weekend and a very impressive turn of speed on Saturday evening preparing the cinema for the stage show.”
Pamela Walsh “Thank you for organising such a fantastic weekend”
Liba Stones “Thank you to everyone involved. We had a fabulous day on Saturday as we did in previous years.”
Ed Hulse “Getting still better every year! Well done.”
Peter Tierney “Great weekend ta v much”
Aitch Worboys “Great fun as ever xxx”
Charlotte Oliver “Had a brilliant time. Thanks so much.”
Øystein Gjertsen “Riggerloftets enjoyed the festival. Thank you for a good arrangement, amazing moments and a lot of fun”
Bill Collins “Grateful thanks to Harwich for inviting the Press Gang from Cornwall. It was certainly well worth the long trip. Made lots of new friends and had a lovely time. What a friendly place Harwich is (and super beer too!)”
Alan Whitbread “Brilliant festival. Thanks.”
The Felix Stowaways “Thank you for inviting us. We had an amazing time!”
David Bridle (Motley Crew) “Best yet. Thanks to you all (and the motorhome park was great, too)!”
Paul Winters (The river rogues) “thank you for inviting us to your event we all enjoyed ourselves and it was so good meeting new people ,sorry I didn’t get to say good bye to everyone I had a great time see you all next year”
Sarah Smith “Just happened to be in Harwich this weekend to meet up with by friend. Didn’t know the festival was on, but ended up having a great weekend. We’re both going to do our best to come back next year. Great music and wonderful people. Thank you. xxx”
Hans Mol “Thank you, thank you ons behave of Shantymen Kaap Hoorn. We had a wonderfull weekend. Looking forward to October 2016”
Dick Gerritsen “As a member of the Shantymen Kaap Hoorn I loved the festival. Thank you very much for the organisation.”
Richard Banner “Thank you for organising a fantastic weekend”
Mary Lake “Especially enjoyed listening to Brasy yesterday – All the way from Poland – they were brilliant ! Had followed the voices of Pete and Malc into the Crown Post and stayed on to listen to Brasy, and then enjoy the shanties of Crossjack from Germany – at the same time enjoying Crown Post’s pulled pork in a bun with a very morish glass of rose !”
“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 and supported us you were amazing. What a lovely,if slightly bonkers, bunch we all are. Once again, thank you, have a safe year, see you same time, same place in 2015 xx love to all”
“Thanks to Cap’n Fitz & First Mate Fitz (decide for yourselves which Fitz is which), the Galley Slaves Jane & Mick, and all the volunteer crew who have been heavin’ & haulin’ all weekend – once again I have found songs, stories, friends, figureheads, mentors, and my own voice. Thanks to all the talented singers, songwriters and storytellers for doing what you do. Thanks to Harwich for being there…
I’m crossing the North Sea now, raising a glass to all of you, as well as our friends who were absent this year, looking forward to HISF 2015!”
“And now there’s music emanating from within – Hooray and up she rises…”