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Welcome to Albany

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.

West Yorkshire, UK
Kimber’s Men

Audiences everywhere, rave over the harmonies of Kimber’s Men. They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK. Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4 ,they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone; the latter being the most viewed programme of the year, on BBC 4.

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.

Mandurah, WA
Mandurah Shanty Group

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

Perth, WA
The Shanteazers

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

Albany, WA

Four musos, irish traditional music, some original tunes and a rollicking good time!

Albany, WA
Robert Zielinski

Robert grew up in Perth Western Australia where he learnt to play by ear from his mentors, Mick Doherty and Sean Doherty (no relation). Mick hails from a long line of travelling fiddle players, storytellers and tin smiths from Donegal. His uncle, the renowned Johnny Doherty featured on Ireland’s RTE documentary “ The Fiddler On The Road.”

Albany, WA
Albany Irish Session

Albany Irish Session is an exemplar of what sessions can be. Embodying the etiquette of Irish sessions and warmly welcoming new musicians who are keen to participate in this tradition.

Albany, WA
Andy Davis

Andy Davis, renowned piper in the world of Scottish Trad Folk.

Albany, WA
Joe Fowler

Born in England, Joe came to Australia with his family when he was young and studied a degree in classical flute performance at the W.A. Conservatorium.