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The Sea Shanty Festival

The Sea Shanty Festival is a new festival which will be held at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port over Easter from Friday 22 until Sunday 24th April 2011.

The Festival organisers were worried about the way the financial climate is affecting the music and the opportunities to perform it and keep it alive so they founded an organisation called Shanty UK whose purpose is to promote maritime music of all genres. They plan to run a maritime event every Easter and have a comprehensive Mission Statement underpinning their work:

Artists confirmed so far are: From Holland: Nelson's Blood, Enkhuizen 4+1, and Dutch Courage. From UK: Hughie Jones performing witn Bob Conroy, Andy Kenna, Andy McKay, Derek Gifford, Dave and Julie Evardson, Four n Aft, Geoff Higginbottom, Trim Rig and a Doxy, Monkey's Fist, Paul Sirman and Shanty Jack

A one time payment of £6 gives access to the museum for all three days. There is a seperate charge of £8 for the two evening concerts one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday. Tickets will be on sale in the museum during the event, and organisers hope to provide an online booking facility shortly.

Website: The Sea Shanty Festival