Harwich International Shanty Festival 2013

The Harwich International Shanty Festival, which finished yesterday, is now in its’ 8th year. It is growing every year, involving more artists and additional venues. I visited some of the sites during the past weekend with my trusty camera. The photos here are a snapshot of a much wider event.

Click on an image to see it full size. All images are © Paul Turvey 2013

Shanties were traditionally sung on ships. Over the weekend, sailing barge Victor carried a singing crew to entertain guests on river cruises

Shanties were traditionally sung on ships. Over the weekend, sailing barge Victor carried a singing crew to entertain guests on river cruises

The James Stevens is a former Walton-on-the-Naze lifeboat. Over the Festival weekend she was in use, ferrying Shanty Men & Ladies to their next venue, as well as providing tours.
The James Stevens is a former Walton-on-the-Naze lifeboat. Over the Festival weekend she was in use, ferrying Shanty Men & Ladies to their next venue, as well as providing tours.

The Inner State Theatre and their unique telling of nautical tales

The Inner State Theatre and their unique telling of nautical tales & the Battle of Trafalger

Shanty artist Alan Whitbread on Ha'Penny Pier

Shanty singer & story teller Alan Whitbread on Ha’Penny Pier

Many hundreds of gallons of ale, cider & other beverages were consumed over the Festival in the pubs, clubs and other venues. This ale, in The New Bell, seemed rather appropriate. All 9 gallons of this ale disappeared in a couple of hours.

Many hundreds of gallons of ale, cider & other beverages were consumed over the Festival in the pubs, clubs and other venues. This ale, in The New Bell, seemed rather appropriate. All 9 gallons of this ale disappeared in a couple of hours.

Beware, there's a pirate around here!

Beware, there’s a pirate around here!

This pirate fancied a song, assisted by Pam Fitzgerald

This pirate fancied a song, assisted by Pam Fitzgerald

 

 

A Redcoat, to protect us from pirates and marauders. Not doing too well so far

A Redcoat, to protect us from pirates and marauders. Not doing too well so far

Charlotte (sat) and Spong in The New Bell

Charlotte (sat) and Spong in The New Bell

'Capella', Lesley & Tony Petty in The New Bell

‘Capella’, Lesley & Tony Petty in The New Bell

The Naze Shanty Crew

The Naze Shanty Crew

Naze Shanty Crew, Alan Lake on the left

Naze Shanty Crew, Alan Lake on the left

La Bouline, my personal highlight of the Festival

La Bouline, my personal highlight of the Festival

Pam Fitzgerald, Festival Organiser

Pam Fitzgerald, Festival Organiser

 

 

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