Swanage Folk Festival 2019

Shanty & Song

Here you can find a list of the various musicians and vocalists who performed around Swanage on the 2019 Folk Festival weekend.


Dorset Wrecks
Sunday 8th September
Swanage Station – 12.15
The Stone Quay – 13.15
Swanange Railway – 14.15

Dorset Wrecks were formed in 2013 and their first gig happened when 5 of the first 6 members sang on the MV Freedom to support their charity at the Weymouth Barrel Rolling event in December 2013.
Since then they have grown into a team of 13 members singing at festivals and events in Dorset and along the South Coast.

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GU10
Saturday 7th September
Swanage Railway – 12.45
The Stone Quay – 13.45
Chococo – 15.00
Sandpit Field – 18.30

Sunday 8th September
Swanage Station – 13.00
The Stone Quay – 14.00
Swanage Railway – 15.00

GU10 voyage began in 2005 when a group of vocalists and musicians got together and formed GU10, taking the name from the fishing fleet registration prefix for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and the number of members in the band).
The band is still going strong having undertaken over 250 performances and made an EP and 3 albums. Mixed in with the more traditional shanties are the odd drinking song and songs that are loosely connected to the sea.

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Kelp! Shantymen
Saturday 7th September
The Stone Quay – 13.00
Swanage Station – 14.00
The Stone Quay – 15.15

Swanage’s Premier sea shanty group, singing shanties to anyone who gets too close. Kelp! have been entertaining the people of Purbeck for several years, raising money for the RNLI and other charities.

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Kings Korner Band
Saturday 7th September
Outside the Mowlem between 11.00 and 15.00

The Kings Korner Band was established at the time of the first Pewsey Carnival Procession in 1898.Always colourful in appearance the band has members of all ages and capabilities. Their music is produced on a wide variety of brass, wind and percussion instruments including penny whistle, accordion, tambourine, mouth organ and maracas, but there is always room for more!

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Local Vocals
Sunday 8th September
The Chococo – 13.45
The Stone Quay – 14.45

Local Vocals is a community choir based in five Dorset towns.
They sing totally Acapella with most of their songs personally arranged by Lesley Whatley in 4 parts. The repertoire includes popular songs from the past such as Barbara Ann and My Girl together with traditional world songs from as far apart as Argentina in the West and New Zealand in the East and everywhere in between.
Local Vocal are also hosting a singing workshop in the Mowlem on Sunday at 12.30.

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No Direction
Sunday 8th September
Commercial Lane (Chococo) – 12.45
Commercial Lane (Chococo) – 14.30

Pippa, Rob, Steph and Simon are a group of friends whose love of singing shines out wherever they perform. Together they form No Direction, a mixed Acapella quartet based in East Dorset. They sing a wide and eclectic repertoire from all around the world including folk, 60’s and 70’s pop music, jazz and world songs all performed in 4-part close harmony.

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Old Gaffers
Saturday 7th September
Chococo – 13.30
The Stone Quay – 14.30
Swanage Station – 16.00

From South Devon, The Old Gaffers have been rocking assorted boats and all sorts of other stages since 2010 with their own brand of humour, no nonsense, no gimmicks, sea shanties and sea songs. They have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of the country and have morphed into the present crew of 10. A group going from strength to strength!

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Red Herrings
Saturday 7th September
Commercial Lane (Chococo) – 12.30

The Red Herrings Ukulele Band is a group of local ukulele enthusiasts who come together to play for fun at charity events and concerts such as Swanage Carnival and Folk Festival. The band was formed earlier this year after several of its members played a one-off charity gig in Swanage and decided to keep the momentum going, with a maiden performance at the Swanage Fish Festival in June – hence the inspiration for the band’s fishy name. Come and have a listen to the Red Herrings’ interpretations of all sorts of songs from sea shanties and folk tunes to pop classics!