Harwich Museum

Sea Shanty Festival

Our Programme for the 2024 Festival is packed with a wide variety of exciting maritime events.

We have a fantastic line up of Artists, with concerts large and small; there are pubs and clubs, boats and trains, a Napoleonic Fort, a Palmerston Fort, a Victorian Pier, Edwardian Cinema and Georgian Church in which to enjoy the entertainment.

Artists performing at Harwich Museum (subject to change)


Saturday 12th October 12pm

Columbines have performed around the East Anglian folk scene for the past few years. An all-female trio known for their close harmony singing they perform a variety of their own original songs and arrangements of well known sea songs and shanties a cappella or accompanied on cello, guitar and Irish bouzouki.

Our aim, as usual, is to fill the old town of Harwich with song, music and entertainment.

And all with a nautical flavour befitting its maritime heritage.


Saturday 12th October 2pm

Cask are a Shanty daughter and father duo from Teignmouth in Devon. Singing new and old shanties and forebitters, plus sea songs they have performed at various Pirate and Shanty Festivals from Falmouth to Gloucester.



Dressed as a mermaid and pirate, they have a strikingly different look as well as beautifully blended harmonies.



The UK’s Premier Shanty Festival

Celebrating the songs of the sea