Folky Festivals from Around the Country

Folk-minded Festivals were you can see Sea Shanty acts

We’ve got a strong tradition of Folk music here in the UK, something that’s represented in the fantastic Sea Shanty bands that we have on offer at Folk festivals all across the country.

The folk scene in England embraces all aspects of traditional music including Maritime culture, Trad-folk, Skiffle music and even British Blues – this makes British folk festivals fantastically diverse events to go to; where you can guarantee that you’ll be seeing a variety of excellent acts in the company of like-minded people.

Whilst dedicated Sea Shanty music festivals might be rather thin on the ground here in the UK, there are still plenty of Folk music festivals that are eager to have Maritime music represented on their bill. Here are just a few of the Folk festivals that regularly feature Sea Shanty performers along with a recommendations for places to stay in the area:

A Break in the Clouds Festival

Folk music, jazz and psych-fusion sits alongside seaside shanty music at the first inaugural Break in the Clouds festival in the Forest of Bowland. Marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this a family-friendly festival combining a huge mashup of music genres and arts activities. Weekend tickets (including camping) start at £50, but if you’d rather sleep a little more comfortably you can rent a holiday home for the weekend at Bowland Fell Park.


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival

Although many consider October a bit too cold to brave the elements for a music festival, the Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival has been running successfully for the last four years now. Set up by local singers The Naze Shanty Crew, this well-established Festival has become a huge draw for European acts and British singers alike. Over the course of a chilly weekend, the small town of Harwich is packed to the rafters with Folk groups and Sea Shanty singers – get your booking in early to stay at the popular Alma Inn, a perfect base for the weekend’s antics.


Scilly Folk Festival

Whilst it might feel like a bit of a trek for anyone who lives on the mainland, the Scilly Folk Festival is an experience like no other in the United Kingdom. 28 miles from the Cornish peninsular this isolated community (only 2,300 or so live on the archipelago) opens its doors to visitors from all across the world for whole weekend. Over the course of five days in May events take place over the entire archipelago offering Folk fans the chance to hop from island to island enjoying a truly varied line up of folk. Set yourself up in one of many self-catering cottages to get the true Isles of Scilly experience.


Folk in a Field

One of the most celebrated weekends in Norfolk, the annual Folk in a Field Festival exemplifies the best parts of the British folk spirit. Each year thousands of locals turn up to make the most of the bountiful local ale, fantastic food and varied Folk lineup. In addition to an eclectic lineup of folk performers there are also some great practical demonstrations of traditional crafts such as wood turning, basket weaving and pottery. Keep an eye out for some more unusual demos as well like chainsaw carving and smithing. Camping is really the best option for this one as, it’s free with the purchase of a weekend ticket!