Richard Spong – obituary

We were devastated to hear of the sudden death of Richard Spong on 4th May this year. Charlotte and Richard have been supporters of Harwich International Shanty Festival since the very beginning and have contributed so much to our music with their beautiful arrangements and varied choice of material. But more than that, they had become firm friends with many people in the old town of Harwich and Richard will be sadly missed.

Aside from their maritime music Charlotte and Spong have performed together for many years with folk music, barn dances, puppetry, magic lantern shows and shades of swing/jazz. Popular throughout the UK and Europe they have toured and performed extensively and Richard was a highly respected musician.

We send our love to Charlotte.