Folk music and shanty songs at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
The musical programme is managed by Great Yarmouth based Sue and John Griffiths who have been performing as shanty singers, The Mollyhawks, since the late 1990s.
Pick up a souvenir guide on your way into the Maritime Festival for just £1 with a programme of events for each of the three stages and make sure you don't miss your favourite band. Here's what we have so far for 2017, watch this space for more acts coming soon.
El Pony Pisador
This great young band from Barcelona includes Adrià Vila, Guillem Codern, Miquel Pérez, Martí Selga and Ramon Anglad. Many of the songs they will perform are featured on their recently released debut album, Yarr’s i Trons!
The band includes Neil Kimber,John Bromley, Gareth Scott and Steve Smith. They all enjoy sailing tall ships including their favourite square rigger Stavros S Niarchos, teaching the 56 crew members to work the ship to traditional sea shanties.
Blakeney Old Wild Rovers
The current Blakeney Old Wild Rovers line-up includes: Pip Banham, John Dunkerton, Peter Fisher, Phil Harrison, Tom Harrison, Gary Mears, Robbie Nash, Brin Siller, Barrie Slegg & Peter Thompson. Regular guest players include Ian Chandler & Anne Humphreys.
They perform an acapella harmony to old and new shanties and songs of the sea.
A favourite song - but no guest appearance by Derek Ryan at the festival that we know of!
Maritime and shanty music on three stages at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
Waves of seafaring folk music will fill the salty air at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival this September.
The major free two-day event, which is set to attract 30,000 people to the resort’s river port over the second weekend in September, is a showcase for the area’s nautical history - which includes links to Lord Nelson and being a key hub in the heydays of the herring industry.
Shanty songs were traditionally sung by sailors as they hauled up the sails as they set off to sea – but the timeless tunes remain popular today with their blend of lilting tunes and folksy words harking back to bygone days on the briny.
The music is an integral part of the festival, adding to the atmosphere at the quayside, as performers take to three stages alongside the array of historic and modern ships providing static displays and pleasure trips as the town showcases its maritime past, present and future.