Summer Sunday Shanties

Join ShantyFolk from Lavenham on Ha’Penny Pier for an afternoon of shanties in the sunshine

Please note timings are approximate and the weather may have other ideas!

Summer Sunday Shanties

Join the Hoolies from Wivenhoe on Ha’Penny Pier for an afternoon of Shanties in the sunshine.

Please note timings are approximate and the weather may have other ideas!

Summer Shanties On The Pier

We were last able to hold our popular Summer Shanty sessions back in 2019, but we are pleased to announce they can now be reinstated. This is a chance to showcase your talents, whilst promoting the Shanty Festival and yourselves on what is hopefully a sunny summer afternoon. Singing starts at 12.00 and you can continue until late afternoon if you wish. Just one group per month. Groups – please do contact us via [email protected] if you would like to take part. We will furnish you with Shanty fliers and collecting pots and we hope you will have an enjoyable afternoon of singing in Historic Harwich town.

May 15th was Hoy Boy (video)

June 12th Currently Vacant

July 10th Hoolies from Wivenhoe 

August 14th ShantyFolk from Lavenham

September 11th Felixstowaways from across Harwich Harbour

 

Back in 2019 the season was kicked off by a combo of Naze & Harwich shanty crews:

Cakes & Shanties 2022!

On 1st May we held the second of our Shanty’n’Cake Days. Last year this event was a spectacular success, raising in excess of £500 and providing a great day of entertainment. For 2022 we exceeded ourselves as this has become one of our most popular fundraising events and we were thrilled to raise just over £900 for the Festival. Thanks go to all those who ate cake (!) and all helpers in whatever capacity.

Shanty Quiz

On April 12th the Alma Inn is hosting one of its famous quizzes and this month all profits go towards the Shanty Festival.  In their own words the quiz is “a bunch of weird questions, followed by a bunch of unforgettable prizes” and an entertaining evening is guaranteed. Teams of up to 6 people may enter and please register your team with the Alma on 01255 318681. Arrive at 6.30 p.m. for a prompt 7.00 p.m. start.

Photo Competition Deadline

Please submit any entries to our photo competition by 31st March 2022. We want you to send us your photos of any HISF event. It doesn’t have to be just a photograph of shanty singers at the Festival, but has to represent the kind of things our Festival covers, so you could consider for example, our fundraising events, or perhaps the Redoubt events over the Shanty Weekend.

Entries have to be at least 1MB quality and will be used to produce a Shanty Calendar for 2023, an item which we hope to reintroduce to our  merchandise stock. The winning photographers will of course receive a copy of the calendar and will be invited to our exclusive Friends Reception on the Friday afternoon of the next Festival.

Please email to [email protected]

Card Payments

In common with other online stores you may see a pop-up from your bank when making a donation or buying merchandise on our site; there is nothing to be concerned about and it is designed to combat online fraud. For further information please see your bank’s website or any recent correspondence from your bank.  This is due to start from 14th March 2022.

Alan Storey

We are deeply saddened to report the death on 21st February of the lovely Alan Storey, talented musician and multi instrumentalist with popular local group Golden Rivets. He and the Rivets have supported our Festival from the very beginning and his presence in the local community will be sorely missed. A true gentleman, Alan is a well known figure at many local events and it is hard to believe he will no longer be with us. He is pictured here at a previous Shanty Festival, playing on board SB Victor, surrounded by the other band members. RIP Alan

Jan Buijs

Many people will already have heard this news, but for those of you who have not, we are sorry to tell you that the lovely Jan Buijs from Scheepsfolk sadly died in December. Scheepsfolk were a great hit at our Festival in 2018 and Jan and Catharina came along as a duo in 2019. The group are a lively, talented, colourful and popular band throughout the Netherlands as well as the rest of the world and we all mourn his loss.

Postponed: Christmas Murder Mystery

POSTPONED

Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to postpone our Murder Mystery event. Apologies for the short notice but we have been watching the situation closely and felt we had no choice. Watch out for a revised date when it’s a better time to hold the event.

 

 

Save the Day & Solve the Crime!

On 28th of December we invite all amateur sleuths to solve our mystery – someone was killed but who was it, where was it and which weapon was used?

We’ll be hiding the clues around Historic Harwich – when you find the three correct clues you should take your answers straight to the adjudicators in the Alma. Please replace all clues for the next unsuspecting sleuth! PLUS there are spot prizes for children & adults, keep these and exchange them at the Alma for your prize.

How to find the clues … you will need the What 3 Words app on your phone or mobile device.

Click for more information about What 3 Words

For Android devices, download & install from the Play Store

iPhone users should head to the App Store

To test the app, go to the following: ///nuzzling.barmaid.stays

Sleuths should arrive the at Alma Inn from midday onwards but you won’t be released to find the clues until 1pm, so everyone has a fair chance! We’ll give you a list of What 3 Words locations and you need to check them – in any order you wish! Return to the Alma immediately if you have found the winning clue to claim your top prize! Evidence is required!

Save time on the day by buying your tickets in advance:

Adults are £5 each Currently unavailable
Family tickets £10
(1 or 2 Adults plus up to 4 children)
Currently unavailable

Please note that the family ticket only applies to single or paired adults (plus up to 4 accompanying children). Any further adults must hold a separate ticket.


If you’ve never heard of What 3 Words then a simple explanation is needed!

The idea is that every 3m square (almost 10ft in old money!) has been allocated a set of words. This can pin the location of a place, or a person, down to a street corner or a particular bench along Harwich Quay. It is in use by the emergency services and by vehicle rescue operators, so if you regularly travel then it could literally be a life-saver! The app is free to install but will use some of your data allowance when you open it unless you’re on a wifi connection.

Most buildings have multiple What 3 Words squares so sometimes a very appropriate set of words can be found – can you find ///ending.spelled.attention ?

Download our flier

The Treasure Hunt will be held in April.

Closed: Photo Competition

We are running a photo competition, with a closing date of 31st March 2022. We want you to send us your photos of any HISF event. It doesn’t have to be just a photograph of shanty singers at the Festival, but has to represent the kind of things our Festival covers, so you could consider for example, our fundraising events, or perhaps the Redoubt events over the Shanty Weekend.

Entries have to be at least 1MB quality and will be used to produce a Shanty Calendar for 2023, an item which we hope to reintroduce to our  merchandise stock. The winning photographers will of course receive a copy of the calendar and will be invited to our exclusive Friends Reception on the Friday afternoon of the next Festival.

The closing date has now passed. Many thanks to the participants.

POSTPONED

Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to postpone our Murder Mystery event. Apologies for the short notice but we have been watching the situation closely and felt we had no choice. Watch out for a revised date when it’s a better time to hold the event.

 

Save the Day & Solve the Crime!

On 28th of December we invite all amateur sleuths to solve our mystery – someone was killed but who was it, where was it and which weapon was used?

We’ll be hiding the clues around Historic Harwich – when you find the three correct clues you should take your answers straight to the adjudicators in the Alma. Please replace all clues for the next unsuspecting sleuth! PLUS there are spot prizes for children & adults, keep these and exchange them at the Alma for your prize.

How to find the clues … you will need the What 3 Words app on your phone or mobile device.

Click for more information about What 3 Words

For Android devices, download & install from the Play Store

iPhone users should head to the App Store

To test the app, go to the following:  ///nuzzling.barmaid.stays

Sleuths should arrive the at Alma Inn from midday onwards but you won’t be released to find the clues until 1pm, so everyone has a fair chance! We’ll give you a list of What 3 Words locations and you need to check them – in any order you wish! Return to the Alma immediately if you have found the winning clue to claim your top prize! Evidence is required!

Save time on the day by buying your tickets in advance:

Adults are £5 each Not currently available
Family tickets £10
(1 or 2 Adults plus up to 4 children)
Not currently available

Please note that the family ticket only applies to single or paired adults (plus up to 4 accompanying children). Any further adults must hold a separate ticket.


If you’ve never heard of What 3 Words then a simple explanation is needed!

The idea is that every 3m square (almost 10ft in old money!) has been allocated a set of words. This can pin the location of a place, or a person, down to a street corner or a particular bench along Harwich Quay. It is in use by the emergency services and by vehicle rescue operators, so if you regularly travel then it could literally be a life-saver! The app is free to install but will use some of your data allowance when you open it unless you’re on a wifi connection.

Most buildings have multiple What 3 Words squares so sometimes a very appropriate set of words can be found – can you find ///ending.spelled.attention ?

Download our flier

 

The Treasure Hunt will be held on 17th April.

Johnson Girls

Johnson Girls were all set to come to our 2020 Festival, representing the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts as part of our Mayflower celebrations. Travel uncertainties and increased costs make their Atlantic crossing impossible this year, but we are very much hoping that this world renowned Shanty group can join us via the wonders of Live Streaming.

 

Isle ‘ave a Shanty

A six piece acapella male harmony group from the landlocked Isle of Ely; hence the name! This busy group have not been slacking during lockdown and their performances have won them the prestigious North Northamptonshire Online Music Festival Trophy 2021. Catch them on the Sunday of the Festival.

ShantyFolk

ShantyFolk are a landlocked, acapella shanty group from the Lavenham area; they have been singing together since 2014 when, as members of a local choir, they sought to do ‘something different’ for a charity concert.  Since then they have helped raise a significant amount for various good causes including the RNLI. 2021 will mark their debut at HISF.

 

Shotley Crue

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 Festivals and clubs around the country. They are now resident band at a monthly Folk club in South London.

Rattlin’ Winches

Local Buoys, sorry boys, Ben, Len and Roy must be the hardest working shanty singers at the Festival this year as they perform with three other shanty groups as well. Harwich International Shanty Festival has obviously gone to their heads. Long may it last!

Pot Of Gold

From Swaffham in Norfolk, Pot of Gold sing mainly traditional shanties often accompanied by guitar, banjo, melodeon and percussion. In pre-Covid times, they have performed for us at our Shanty Sundays on the Pier sessions and we are pleased to be able to welcome them to the Festival for the first time.

Hoy Boy

Sailing in from Canvey Island in Essex, Hoy Boy (Peter Purnell) is a young enthusiastic acapella sea shanty soloist with a passion for maritime folk music. Specialising in rousing uplifting shanties from the golden age of sail that will have you joining in with gusto.

Hoolies

This will be the second appearance for The Hoolies from Wivenhoe on the Colne Estuary. Now well established as part of the shanty community, they are in much demand locally for their lively and entertaining versions of traditional and contemporary sea songs.

Pete Stockwell

Long time devotee of all things maritime, Pete has been singing sea songs and shanties for as long as any of us can remember and leads the shanty session at Broadstairs Folk Festival every year. He has been a supporter of our Festival since the beginning and we look forward to welcoming him back in 2021.

Malcolm Ward

An inveterate singer of shanties and folk songs, Malcolm has been performing at clubs and festivals for many years. With a melodious voice and sympathetic accompaniment on concertina, Malcolm joins with Pete Stockwell for most gigs here at Harwich International Shanty Festival.

Golden Rivets

Another home grown band from Harwich Town, the Rivets have been performing together at pubs and clubs for a number of years and their upbeat style and presentation has gained them a loyal following locally.

Felix Stowaways

Blessed with the catchiest name that could be bestowed upon a crew, our Suffolk neighbours the Stowaways join us once again to sing a lively selection of sea songs and shanties. With an ever increasing repertoire and engaging stage presence the Stowaways have made a big impression on the local scene.

Salt Water & Beer

Also from Maldon, Salt Water & Beer have been singing together for a number of years. Originally singing for beer on Maldon Quay they now sing for beer at events much further afield, including our own Harwich International Shanty Festival.

Mains’l Haul

The long Essex Coastline provides plenty of opportunities for Shanty Singing groups to proliferate and regulars at the Festival, Mains’l Haul are another local group this time from Maldon, where there is still a lively seafaring tradition. The group sing mainly acapella, with occasional instrumental accompaniment and have performed at numerous maritime themed events.

Motley Crew

Some years ago now the Motley Crew combined their love of the sea and sailing to form a shanty singing group. Their robust light hearted style of singing soon gained them a following and they have performed at numerous events both locally and further afield. They join us again from their home town of Brightlingsea, just along the Essex Coast.