Whitby AHOY 2023
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SEA SHANTIES, SONGS
MUSIC OF THE SEA
Two days of Sea Music and Shanties
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Whitby Sea Festival 2023
Welcome to WHITBY AHOY our annual weekend of Sea Music, Shanties and Songs of the Sea held at Whitby's BANDSTAND plus special ticketed events at indoor venues yet to be announced.
Our festival was established in 1993 as the Captain Cook Festival which later coincided with the arrival of the 'Endeavour' Replica after its epic voyage from Australia. The festival. Sea Shanties and maritime songs, have enjoyed a revival in recent years.
Whitby Sea Festival is an annual festival which takes place in and around the historic Yorkshire seaport of Whitby, one of Britain's premier maritime heritage centres.
The festival celebrates Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast's proud Maritime connections and heritage.
Since its beginnings in 1993 as The Captain Cook Festival and then for 12 years at Seafest in Scarborough, the organisers have staged some of the biggest gatherings of sea balladeers, shantymen, folk musicians and singers in the UK.
The festival promotes local musicians alongside those with international acclaim. So far, our programme has included the cream of the folk, roots, sea music and the shanty world .We have also enjoyed music from other nations including Senegal, Sicily, Canada, Eire, Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France and the USA.
As well as our Sea Music Festival in July, we are also a proud contributor to Whitby's Fish & Ships Festival. We provide a large programme of music across the weekend - in the Festival Music marquee, and other venues around the town.
The 2022 Fish & Ships Festival will take place during the weekend of 23rd - 25th September . More information on individual events, performers etc is coming soon.
Among the many artists we have featured at Whitby Sea Festival over the years are Hughie Jones, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Peter Kasin (USA), The Endeavour Shantymen, Monkeys Fist, Dick Miles, Isla St Clair, Stormalong John,Boathook Bald, Mike Waterson,The Keelers, Pont Neuf (Germany), Les Pirates ( Brittany), Armstrongs Patent (Holland), Richard Grainger, Chris Parkinson, Landlocked, Baggyrinkle, Malcolm Ward, Jim Radford, Paul Sirman, Iain McNicol, Men of Staithes, Corsaires de la Vedre (Belgium), Mel Langton, Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt, Kevin Young, Andy Kenna, Derek Gifford , Alongshore and Martin Carthy. and the late Richard Robinson,
We think you'll agree that Whitby in North Yorkshire UK, with its fine maritime heritage and splendid old town, is the ideal location for our event.