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Welcome to Albany

Welcome to the second 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, 10-12 April, 2020.


The Festival is 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.

Albany, WA
The Albany Shantymen

Hailing from a folk tradition with an unbroken line of heritage, the The Albany Shantymen sing loud and hard like the sailors of old. A rowdy bunch of sixteen Albany men, we come together to pay homage to the merchant sailors with rhythmic choruses and rousing solos to stir the blood and soothe the soul. Our repertoire of songs comes from all parts of the globe, wherever man harnesses the wind with rope and old canvas.

Fremantle, WA
The Lost Quays

The Lost Quays are a vocal group based in the port of Fremantle, Western Australia. Formed in 2015, our crew sing largely a cappella but with some guitar, mandolin and accordion. We perform with energy and good humour, and relish a strong audience connection. As well as traditional material, and nautical folk material from around the world, our repertoire contains original songs, including local Australian tales.

Perth, WA
The Foc’sle Firkins

The original WA Shanty Singers, the highly talented Fo’c’sle Firkins will be appearing at the festival. These are the blokes that are responsible for inspiring a new generation of shanty singers in WA!

Melbourne, VIC
Shantily Clad

Formed by a bunch of mates with a mutual love of singing and drinking, Melbourne sea shanty group, Shantily Clad sing songs that’ll put the wind in your sails.

Based in Melbourne Australia, Shantily Clad’s first performance was an impromptu sea shanty singalong on a cold winters night after a fine meal and too many drinks at The Albion Hotel in Albury New South Wales.

Hobart, TAS
Stuns’l Booms

Stuns’l Booms (name taken from a verse in ‘Rollin’ Down to Old Maui’) are a couple of members of the band Lagoon Hill Zydeco and general lovers of sea shanties and bush music from Hobart, Tasmania.

Australind, WA
The Anchormen

Men’s sea shanty singing group based in the South West of Western Australia. If you like drinking beer and singing loudly you may like the Anchormen.

Albany, WA
The Shantylillies

Albany’s own all-female Shanty group, the Shantylillies bring their sweet sounds to the Festival.

Perth, WA
Overboard No-Stars

Overboard No-Stars are a Shanty group based in Perth, Western Australia.

Katanning, WA
Kat n’ Nine Crew

A newly-formed group from Katanning, Western Australia.  More information to come.

Perth, WA
The Shanteazers

A newly-formed group from Perth, Western Australia.  More information to come.