Rosses Point Shanty Festival Rosses Point Shanty

2017 Sea Shanty Performers

MEET THE LINE-UP: Rosses Point is to host an international gathering of the finest shanty musicians.

Ashore for a Loaf Ireland


Ashore for a Loaf have performed in many Shanty Festivals including Liverpool, Terneuzen, Holland, Las Palmas etc  but their spiritual home remains Rosses Point and Coney Island. They sing a wide range of traditional sea shanties coupled with an eclectic mix of songs.

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.

Bergen Ship-Masters Associations Shanty ChoirNorway Flag

Bergen Shipmaster Association Choir

The Bergen Shipmasters Association Shanty Choir is an independent branch of Bergen's Shipmaster Association. The shanty choir was established in October 2011 and the members, presently counting 27, are all retired and active Master Mariners, all who has, or have held, certificates of the highest qualifications as ship Masters on ships of all sizes and types and in worldwide trade. Their members sea time add up to over 600 years. The Shanty Choir was established for the purpose of the members to have social time together and have fun as well as to entertain other people and audiences who love songs and in particular Sea Shanties and Folk Songs. Bergen Shipmasters Association is one of the oldest shipmasters association in the world who celebrate their 150th anniversary in August 2017.

Bernie Davis England

Bernie Davis

Bernie is a natural entertainer whose songs and stories bring alive those far-off days of hard-case captains and bucko mates, dock-side floosies, shipwreck and Cape Horn storms that were the Golden Age of square rigged sailing ships. For many years, he has been a regular performer at major nautical & sea-song events throughout the U.K. and Europe.

The Buoys of Bay CityFlag

the Boys of Bay City

Jerry Casault and Bruce Macartney have been performing together for the last 18 years. Jerry was born in Michigan, and Bruce moved to Michigan from New Jersey 30 years ago.
Bruce plays fiddle and concertina, and has performed with a number bluegrass and Irish traditional groups.
Jerry found a love for sea shanties while in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Newfoundland, Canada. He has been a crew member and shanty man on the Appledore IV schooner.
Together they have performed for numerous sea festivals, including Bie Daip in the Netherlands, The Baltic Shanty Festival in Finland, Glivice in Poland, Mystic Seaport in the USA, and all of the Tall Ship Celebrations in Michigan. 2017 marks their first visit to Rosses Point, where a warm welcome awaits them.

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.

Comhaltas na Mara Ireland

Comhaltas na Mara

Comhaltas na Mara (Society of the Sea) was formed in 2009 and are all members of a local male voice choir. This local Rossess Point group has gone from strength to strength under the stewardship of its charismatic Captain Rory Callagy. They bring the finest richest harmonies to their performances of local, national and international sea shanties - which are always delivered with a great sense of fun and energy.

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.

The Dutch Sligo ConnectionNetherlandsIreland

Dutch Sligo Connection

Liam Gannon and Jan Hamelink will join in the shanty festival as The Dutch Sligo Connection. Liam Gannon, is a local man and enjoys to sing Irish/folk ballads songs and sea faring of his favourites being "the lights of Sligo town" written by Jan Hamelink. Jan comes from The Netherlands and joined in many times with the Group "Friends of Folk" from at the festival in Rosses Point. This time he comes alone joins with Jan plays the button accordion and is a very accomplished songwriter with many songs penned about the sea, Sligo & Rosses Point

Eight Bells Ireland

Eight Bells

Eight Bells, Ireland's only all-female shanty group have performed at International Shanty Festivals in Holland, England & Ireland. This year, 2016, they are pushing out from Memory Harbour and steering a course for the Aland Islands to take part in the Baltic Shanty Festival. Their singing is unique and colourful, bringing a refreshing female slant to the shanty scene. They are regulars at the folk and shanty sessions in Harry's, Rosses Point.

Femme de Marins France

Femme de Marins

Femmes de Marins is a three women shanty group who plays on shanty festivals and maritime meetings since 1993. They celebrate the heritage of the sea singing traditional and modern shanties and sea songs. Françoise joined the group from the beginning with her accordion, Yolande with her cello in 2002, Evelyne with her guitar in 2008….. Unfortunately she is working as Françoise and Yolanda are performing as a duet representation of Femmes de Marins.

Four n aft England

For N Aft

Chris Lock, Ian Tupling, Helen Pitt and Steve Dawes are a four-strong acapella group who sing in four-part harmony and have appeared twice before at the festival. Their maritime repertoire consists of contemporary and traditional shanties and sea songs sung in their distinctive and unique harmony style. They have sung at festivals across Europe, performing a mix of contemporary and traditional shanties and sea songs with a reputation for a powerful and rich sound. The group has a great sense of fun and love to invite the audience to join in with them on the choruses.

Gerry FfrenchEngland

Gerry French

Making her first appearance in Rosses Point Gerry is one of the best singer- songwriters Merseyside has to offer, Gerry's colourful, Liverpool and Irish roots make her a wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich, contemporary folk music. Her first album "Rivercityology" was launched in March 2016 and contains eight of her own songs about life in the city of Liverpool as well as one of the traditional songs from her repertoire. The recording has a strong local flavour with song titles such as "Cunard Yanks" "Riverside Drive" , "The Dockers' Pen" and "The Liverpool Irish", which give it a uniquely Liverpudlian flavour.

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.

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.

Monkeys Fist England

Monkeys fist

Monkeys Fist - a trio specialising in maritime songs, shanties and ballads with tight harmony singing and guitar, concertina, harmonica and even double bodhran accompaniment.e interspersed with knowledgeable and sometimes even witty introductions. Monkey's Fist have performed at many maritime festivals in the UK Ireland, Germany and Holland.

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.

Norfolk BroadsEngland

Norfolk Broads

Making their first appearance in Rosses Point the Norfolk Broads are a 4-piece female ensemble who enjoy singing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair and dastardly boyfriends. Born in Norfolk, formed in Cornwall, they live and sing in London but hold the East Anglian skies in their hearts and voice

Shadows in the Shade England

Shadows in the Shade

Making a welcome return this year are "Shadows in the Shade". Jed Stone and Des Tighe are well known around the folk scene in their Suffolk homeland, but have also travelled extensively to venues around the British Isles and further abroad. They were the founder members of XXLsior, a shanty crew put together to support the sail training trawler Excelsior and have previously sung with a variety of other groups. They are regular and popular supporters of the 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.

Tidens BrusFinland
Tidens Brus

Tidens Brus are a contemporary folk Group joining us all the way from the Aaland Islands in the Baltic Sea. Their music celebrates the lives of the Islands and their maritime culture. At the height of Shipping in Sligo many Finnish ships docked at Rosses Point and indeed took Rosses Point sailors as crew. It is nice to maintain the link.

Yesterday's MenUK flag

Yesterdays Men

Having created another link with Liverpool through their first visit last year, we are delighted to welcome back , Yesterday's Men: The lads were former members of the group "Stormalong John" and are called Harry and Arthur. The breadth of their repertoire and the polish and skill of their performance is not to be missed. From standard sea shanties to the haunting 'Death of the Clan Line' and with patter full of real Liverpool history they are a joy to watch.

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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