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Albany Shanty Festival Set to return in July 2021

We were extremely disappointed to have to cancel the shanty festival this year. It has, however, given us time to reflect on how and when we organise the event.

Since cancelling, we have had a number of our musician friends asking if the event could be rescheduled for later in the year. This question was often accompanied with the observation that the festival would work really well in the winter. Ideas started bouncing around and we began to envisage an event that celebrates the cold dark months by inviting visitors to join us by the fire for good food and drinks, warm hospitality and traditional maritime folk music.  This idea grew then into a wider celebration of the region's maritime history. 

Albany has a tremendous maritime history, equal to any port city in the world, with ancient Aboriginal fish traps, a replica tall ship and museum, a historic jail with carved graffiti from imprisoned mariners, a whaling museum with whale skeletons, harpoons and a whaling ship, a maritime foundation that preserves local folk history and crafts, a vibrant sailing club, whale watching tour boats, a fishing industry providing fresh fish and seafood, the UWA marine science programme AND Australia’s ONLY shanty music festival.

So we are proposing that the Shanty Festival take place in the middle weekend of the school holidays in early July as part of an umbrella Maritime Festival.
We are at the early stage of planning, but we are confident that all the interested groups and the City of Albany will work together to make this a reality.

And YOU can help by showing your support through this page/website. Comment, share, all that stuff...

So watch this space and hopefully we will be able to officially announce the 2021 Albany International Folk 'n' Shanty Festival.
Performers EOI 2021

Performers EOI 2021

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Venues EOI 2021

Venues EOI 2021

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Sponsors EOI 2021

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CALLING ALL LOCAL SONGWRITERS AND POETS

Local maritime historians are collaborating with the team behind the Folk’n Shanty Festival to put on a song writing day at The Albany Club.

The region has a rich trove of nautical folk history that can be woven into new songs.
Few parts of the world can boast ancient fish traps, shipwrecks, whale migrations, The ANZAC Fleet, Commercial Fishing, stunning natural rock formations, tall ships, heroic rescues at sea, rioting sailors drunk on rum and much much more.

The format will be simple with a story teller sat at a table and songwriters, musicians and poets listening to their tales and making notes to inspire new songs. We don’t expect anyone to write anything on the spot, the day will be all about capturing the stories that will inspire new music.

Musicians and writers from all musical traditions are welcome.

Historians, Elders and Seafaring Folk, if you have stories of the sea you would like to share we would love you to get in touch.

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