We are holding our first online auction, the original artwork for our latest CD.
Local talented artist Len Smith created an original acrylic painting to be used as the artwork for the ‘In Dry Dock’ CD. He has now donated this painting to the Festival for auction.
The painting is approximately 2ft (60cm) square & is painted in acrylic, it is not framed and is not watermarked. Visit our auction page for full details.
Shanty Festival Auction
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
8th-11th October 2020 (Thursday-Sunday)
8th-10th October 2021 (Friday-Sunday)
If you need accommodation, please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
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
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”
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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.