2019 Sea Shanty Performers

MEET THE LINE-UP: Rosses Point is to host an international gathering of the finest shanty musicians. Keep checking in while we update the list!

The Baltic FleetIreland

The Baltic Fleet

"The Baltic Fleet " is Rosses Point Shanty's "flag of convenience" affording soloists and members of other groups a chance to perform together when circumstances allow. Named after the Baltic Fleet pub in Liverpool, ours has performed in Las Palmas, Liverpool and of course in Ireland. Come and see who appears in the line up.

The Buoys of Ballisodare Ireland

Boys of Ballisodare

The Buoys of Ballisodare are one of our newest local groups and are going from strength to strength. They bring tremendous energy and harmonies to their performances and were a great hit last year with locals and visitors alike.

The Drunken Sailor Germany

The Drunken Sailor

Making a very welcome return visit to Rosses Point, the Drunken Sailor Shantymen - shanty songs from yesteryear. Our Drunken Sailor Shantymen came together to sing genuine shanty songs in traditional fashion, exactly as our sailor heroes sang. In every performance we convey our audience back to the good bad old times years ago upon the high seas. Each shanty song has its own tale to tell in rhythms of life on the ocean waves.

Francois Milliard France

Francois Milliard

Francoise shares her passion for the sea through her songs. She performs a range of shanties and sea songs mixing the traditional with the contemporary. Francoise is part of the group Femmes de Marins and also performs solo at festivals throughout Europe

Friends of folk Netherlands

Friends of Folk

We look forward to greeting again our friends from the Netherlands. This versatile group who hail from Terneuzen bring an infectious enthusiasm to all of their performances. They have honoured us by composing a number of songs celebrating Rosses Point, the Festival and the beautiful County of Sligo.

Ian Bordley and Ray Coen Ireland


Great to welcome back our great friends from "across the Bay" . If you have never witnessed this duo in action you are the poorer of it. Tremendous musicians and songwriters Ian and Ray captivate audiences with their range of music and song.Expect the unexpected when it comes to sea songs and shanties.

Jim Corr Ireland

Jim Corr

A singer-songwriter who has lived life from rodeo cowboy to tall ship sailor, Jim brings a unique authenticity to his performances. Singing many of his own compositions he is one of the few who has actually done the work described in the shanties (and a bit more besides). Jim has recently issued an album on itunes “Travelling Man”, generously donating all proceeds to the RNLI.

The Last Watch England

The Last Watch

This shanty and folk singing group of lads all hail from the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley in SW England, an area rich in history and folklore. Having sung together for about 4 years they have achieved a style all of their own, lots of harmonies have given the traditional shanty a different feel. This does not distract from the raucous foot stamping fun of a good loud shanty. Together with a few folk songs their performance is varied and interesting. They consist of Phil and Mike (father and son) and Colin and Richard (father and son in law).

Maria McLoughlin Ireland

Maria McLoughlin

Maria McLoughlin ,is one of our finest local box players. Her playing of the "The Three Sea captains " or "Out on the Ocean" has added to many a situation. She will be leading the fun at Austies Festival Cake Dance.

The Mutineers Ireland


Matching stunning vocals with novel arrangements The Mutineers bring a contemporary twist to all their material. The Mutineers are Robert, Barbera and Sarah Cullen, Sarah Jane Lewis, John Ryan, Helena Boland, Ronan Hunt and Colm O'Flaherty.



O'Really – Shipped from the Åland Islands, Finland. The group O'Really was formed in March 2017 on the Åland Islands in Finland and plays colourful shanties, sea songs and folk music with an energetic presence. The groups musical goal is to find and arrange songs from regions where the closeness to the sea has affected man and the musical culture. O'Really builds up their vibrant performances with vocals, mandolin, banjo, double bass, guitar, fiddle, flutes, accordion, harmonica and percussion.
They have six members in the group: Henrik Forsell voice, double-bass, banjo. Simon Påvals voice, banjo, accordion, guitar, bodhran. Niclas Stjärnfelt voice, bodhran, harmonica. Ella Grüssner Cromwell-Morgan fiddle, flutes, voice. Kristoffer Gottberg guitar, accordion, double-bass, voice. Robert Zetterquist mandolin, guitar, banjo, voice.

da ShantY YellmenShetland

Da Shanty Yellmen

The only male group singing shanties and sea songs in Shetland. 'The Shanty Yellmen is a group of men residing on the Islands of Yell and Unst in Shetland, formed originally to support Sail Yell celebrations in 2011, when the "Tall Ships Races" visited the islands. Since then, they have performed throughout Shetland and also at the International Shanty Festival in Rotterdam. In 2014 they performed at Rosses Point Sea Shanty Festival, Sligo, Ireland. Both 2016 and 2017 we sang at the Portsoy Classic Boat Festival .

Sligo Concert Band Ireland

Sligo Concert Band

Sligo Concert Band was founded in 1990 and has been an integral part of the rich musical tradition found in Sligo community. Their repertoire includes pieces of varied musical genre including classical favourites, movie theme tunes, jazz and modern pop along with traditional marches and church pieces. The Band performs regularly throughout he region. Membership is drawn from far and near throughout Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh, Donegal and Mayo and includes all ages. Don Swain who took up the baton in 2001 is the current director and has contributed significantly to the band's development.

Trim Rig England

Trim Rig

We are delighted to welcome for the first time Trim Rig & a Doxy. Derek & Julia Batters met at the start of the millennium. Both brought a love of folk tradition to the relationship and now perform together as a shanty duo. Julia (melodeon) originated from a musical family in London. She used to sleep in her carrycot on top of the family piano! Derek is an accomplished singer from Lancashire. He first found his voice in his teens singing lead parts in school operatic productions before becoming involved with folk music. But don't let their history put you off, the growing interest in this type of music has produced many new performers, but few of the quality of this pair.
The saucy nature of many shanties is enhanced by the interplay between the couple giving a performance that is both warm and humorous as well as musical. For those who love traditional music delivered with strength, clarity and simplicity this couple will never fail to delight. The couple have put trojan work into the revival of the Liverpool Shanty Festival.

Yesterday's Men with Gerry FfrenchUK flag

Yesterdays Men with Gerry Ffrench

Yesterday's Men are two of the original line up of shanty superstars "Stormalong John", who were veterans of numerous festivals both in the UK and Europe in the 80's and 90's. During that time the band enjoyed a partnership with the legendary Stan Hugill who was the "Last Working Shantyman", maritime historian and guardian of the tradition. They also released two albums with their fellow Merseysider. Gerry Ffrench is a relative newcomer to the Shanty world, a singer songwriter with Irish roots, her songs have a strong nautical theme. Her partnership with Harry and Arthur has developed gradually over the past two years, beginning with them occasionally joining her on stage to add some concertina and harmonies. Eventually she began to join them onstage to add harmony, banjo and guitar to their songs. The partnership is now fully fledged with the three having in recent months, worked on and recorded an album together, comprising songs from Harry and Arthur's repertoire as well as some of Gerry's own.

Venues for Shanty Music


Harrys BarLocated on Rosses Point Promenade the pub enjoys spectacular views over the islands Oyster and Coney. Local Chefs provide fresh, homemade seasonal fare from the locality. It boasts a spectacular character, with tons of local maritime memorabelia on the walls. The highlights of the pub are the many large fish tanks and the historic well in the back bar giving the pub the nickname "The pub with the well". Casual dining with Reservations. Free Wifi. Tel: +353 (0) 71 91 77173.


AustiesAusties is another traditional seafaring pub serving food with views over the channel shipping lane and Oyster Island. It boasts trad session every Friday evening from 7 pm and open fires to cosy up in front of... Beautiful views. Kids welcome. Call +353 (0) 71 91 77111 for all queries.

Co. Sligo Golf Club

The County Sligo Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the great championship links courses. It is located in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point just 8km from Sligo and known locally as "The Point". Originally founded in 1894 as a 9 Hole course, it is now a modern 27 hole complex with spacious clubhouse and up to date facilities. The County Sligo Golf Club also has a challenging 9 hole course and a state of the art driving range in Bomore. Call +353 (0) 71 91 77186 for queries

Radisson Blue Hotel

Radisson Blue HotelPlacing guests in the heart of the idyllic Rosses Point countryside, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo is just the ticket for a peaceful Irish getaway. Along with the verdant country setting, the hotel also provides accessibility to both nearby business and cultural destinations, creating an ideal balance of comfort and convenience. The award-winning dining options and on-site deluxe spa treat guests to a memorable, scenic holiday in the heart of the same setting that inspired the poet William Butler Yeats and his artist brother, Jack B. Yeats. Call +353 (0) 71 91 40008 for queries.

Sligo Yacht Club

Sligo Yacht ClubTaking full advantage of our fantastic clubhouse facility, and its strategic and stunningly beautiful location at the entrance to Sligo harbour, Sligo Yacht Club presents a number of social events for our members, and guests, throughout the year.
Our Social Calendar, designed to complement our sailing schedule, aims to provide welcoming and enjoyable opportunes for members of all ages to meet and socialise together. From our annual Awards Dinner each autumn, to springtime dances, summer Family Days, and Santa's visit at Christmas, there is something for everyone on the Calendar. Call +353 (0) 71 91 77168 for queries.

Other Shanty Festival Links

Baltic Shanty Festival

Baltic Shanty FestivalThe festival, the first of it's kind on Åland, will fill Mariehamn's western harbour with song and nautical spirit. We wish to offer a mental trip over the seven seas and an opportunity to relive the past on board the great sailing ships. Come and seize the opportunity to make new friends from near and far.

Flying Dutchman Festival

Dutchman FestivalThe 12th Flying Dutchman Shanty Festival takes place on 3,4,5th September 2016 and promises to be another resounding success. With about 14 groups spread over 9 venues it promises to be another cracker!

Liverpool Shanty Festival

Liverpool ShantyLiverpool Sea Shanty Festival, at the heart of the port and city of Liverpool. With sea shanty singing and local award winning cask ales. Full steam ahead for a great weekend in historic venues at famous Liverpool locations, Liverpool One, the Cavern Quater, Albert Dock and Canning dock.

Glouchester Sea Shanty Festival

GlouchesterGloucester's Second Annual sea shanty festival. With a great line up of around 30 nationally and internationally acclaimed acts performing at various venues around their historic city. Three showcase concerts in aid of Severn Area Rescue Association. Children's Activities, Beach Party and Singarounds!

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