Coming to Old Poole Town on 21st April 2018, Coastliners is bringing traditional sea shanties back to the good people of Dorset.

The Sea Shanty and Sea-Folk Festival is a family-friendly event run by a group of final-year BA (Hons) Creative Events Management (CEM) students. The event will include a programme of performances from sea shanty bands and folk acts, local food and drink stalls, workshops, and other exciting experiences.


Expect performances from Tavy Tars, Portsmouth Shanty Men and the Navy Larks. There will also be live music from Tweed in Bourbon, Heg & The Wolf Chorus and Haslefolk. The ever-entertaining maritime poet, Boathook Bald will also be in attendance.

This festival is topped with a headline concert featuring local shanty favourites, the Wareham Whalers, in an intimate performance at Scaplen’s Court. They will be supported by a very special surprise folk act!


Attendees can also head along to a shanty singing workshop to discover the history of shanties and learn to sing like a shantyman or women.

Coastliners have also teamed up with local heritage project Pirates, Castaways and Codfish, to bring some exciting storytelling and craft workshops for young children. A small market will take place in Scaplen’s Court, and venues will be providing great food, real ales and cider.


Speaking about the ideas behind the festival, third-year student, Alex Praag, said:

“The event is inspired by our time at AUB and living in the South-West. The story of the sea shanty goes all the way back to 16th century where sailors and seafarers used song to accompany the tough and rigorous labour they faced on-board ships and in ports. The ultimate aim of the project is to bring the maritime cultural tradition of sea shanty singing back to Dorset.”

You can find out more about Coastliners on their crowdfunding page.