Welcome to the inaugural Albany International Folk’n Shanty Festival. Held in the historic maritime town of Albany, Western Australia, the Festival will bring together folk, maritime and shanty singers from across Australia and the globe for the Easter long weekend in 2019.
The Festival will be completely free to attend.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate international maritime folk music and history. We also recognise the huge health benefits of singing and will be raising money for worthwhile men’s health charities.
Folk and Shanty music is participative so you will hear people joining in with familiar songs and see collaboration between groups of musicians. There will also be workshops and talks to help people who want start their own groups.
Shanty singing has become a massive phenomenon in Europe and North America with huge festivals attended by tens of thousands of people. The reason is simple. It’s easy, fun and makes you feel good.
We hope that you come to Albany and enjoy the music and the beautiful south coast of WA.