Listed in alphabetical order
Albannach Lass sings Scottish and Scottish Gaelic songs. She is from Scotland and has lived in Oz for almost 30 years. Apart from singing in her group “The Shantylillies”, Flossy has been singing folk and shanty songs for many years and has performed at the last 2 folk and shanty festivals in her home town of Albany.
The Albany Shantymen
The Albany Shantymen are one of the world’s finest shanty bands. Formed here in 2016 we have been foremost in a West Australian shanty boom. We’ve played pubs, major sporting events, festivals and country shows. We have appeared on TV and radio on many occasions. Our music is available on all major streaming services.
Alexia Parenzee is a South-African born acoustic folk/soul artist on the move. A thirst for travel, and time spent alone on the road inspire Alexia’s music today. And her sound is no stranger to the limelight, with her debut singles ‘Creed and Colour’ and ‘Songs for Selenge’ both receiving substantial national as well as international airplay since their respective releases in 2021 and 2022.
Banjo songs to rattle ur brain, clawhammer style.
Boodji Creek are a 5 piece band from the South West of WA. They play a variety of Bluegrass, Old Timey and Folk music. Boodji Creek sing beautiful 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies and play a variety of acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo and upright bass.
Rising up from the depths of the Leschenault estuary the The Anchormen burst out of the water and onto the stage with their raucous shanties and sea ballads. Sing along with the Anchormen as they take you on a journey filled with taverns, ladies of the night and getting the odd appendage blown off. Come and see the Anchormen for a rollicking good time.
The Castaway Shantymen
Ahoy! The Castaways are here to sing and sail you away on a musical journey. Back in the day of sail, sea shanties were essential for a crew to tackle their gruelling tasks and the Castaways are keeping that tradition going with their lively band of salty dogs of all ages and walks of life. We harmonise acapella as well as strum our instruments, bang our drums and keep the joyous traditions of mateship and shanty music alive. The Castaways are making waves at venues around WA so grab a tankard of grog, raise your voice and prepare to Castaway…
Joe and John busk regularly and gig in pubs and clubs around WA. With modern influences such as Show of Hands, Dougie Mc lean, and Richard Thompson as well as Traditional Songs and Tunes from the UK Australia and Ireland they are at home in intimate folk club settings but can hold their own in busy pubs. They form two thirds of the Irish Folk Band the Emerald Trio. They make a contemporary sound but with roots firmly in the tradition.
Dunn Bay Wailers
The Dunn Bay Wailers set sail from their home port at the Har Bar in Dunsborough for their 3rd voyage to the Albany Shanty Fest. Singing shanties and songs of the sea loud and proud!
El Pony Pisador (SPAIN)
El Pony Pisador is a musical group from Barcelona that mixes various styles of folk and traditional music from around the world, including Celtic music, sea songs, bluegrass, tarantella and yodel.
Encantada (Charmed. Delighted). We are eight Denmark women who meet weekly to sing acapella music from all genres. Followed by tea and cake. It’s an enchanting combination.
The Original Fo’c’s’le Firkins are one of Australia’s oldest shanty groups that formed in Perth for the 1985 National Folk Festival. They performed regularly during the America’s Cup festivities in Fremantle in 1987 and toured Australia with the Tall Ships for the national Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. The global shanty renaissance in recent times has created many great shanty groups throughout the world and the Firkins are proud to have been part of this ongoing folk tradition for nearly forty years.
Fred Smith – Sparrows of Kabul (ACT)
Sparrows of Kabul is an extraordinary multimedia song cycle on West’s Afghanistan intervention culminating in the evacuation from Kabul International Airport in August 2021.
“a high-quality musical event… a beautiful and poignant night of learning and reflecting” – Adrian Miller, Barefoot Review
Fred Smith – Urban Sea Shanties (ACT)
Join Fred and a cast of shantymen as they belt out drinking songs from the award winning Urban Sea Shanties album.
International Dance with Last Five Coins
Last Five Coins are Perth’s premier multicultural folk dance band, playing traditional dance music from all over Europe. For the Shanty Festival, they’ll collaborate with some local musicians and Palenque of International Dance Albany, to bring you a multi-cultural bush dance.
Jon plays a mix of original, trad, and contemporary folk fusion. His performances feature strong vocals, lyrical storytelling, and a blend of acoustic genre styles. He’s played in the folk scene for many years and is a founding member of the original Fo’c’s’le Firkins,
Press Gang, Fling, Blue Celts, and Martin & Coole. Off stage, Jon coordinates cultural community projects like the KMAM Single-Mic Sessions in Freo, World Music Café, and the Fairbridge Festival artistic program.
Jones of ARK
Mel and Nikki Jones are Jones of ARK, bringing a sense of the absurd to the serious business of light entertainment, with their deep understanding of the shallow human condition. Exploiting Vocals, Ukulele, Guitarlele, and various silly small things, and supported by their band of idiots, Dave Hoffman and Jim Elliot (who speak fluent accordion and bass), Jones of ARK invite you to join them on their journey/safari/expedition/drunken-stagger into music, miscellany and mayhem (and, of course, soaring harmonies!). There are plenty of opportunities to sing along, clap hands, tap feet and walk the plank during our performances.
Lee Shore (Stan Rogers Show)
Lee Shore is well known in WA and SA for his strong renditions of accompanied and a cappella ballads and songs of the sea, including those of Stan Rogers. For this year’s festival he has developed a set of “Jazz Ballads in the Key of Sea”.
Elizabeth Demelza is a star in her own spotlight. Her unique blend of heartfelt storytelling and soulful vocals have captured the hearts of audiences across the Great Southern. Drawing inspiration from her travels, Elizabeth’s music is a reflection of the diverse experiences she has had. Her songs are filled with vivid imagery and poetic lyrics that transport listeners to far-off places and offer a glimpse into the lives of the people who inhabit them.
The group was started in 2019 and received a major boost from a local performance by the Bunbury Anchormen. The group perform regularly at Three Rivers Brewery ( now named The Malt). In addition, they have performed at the Pirate Ball in Ravenswood, the Mandurah Crab Fest and several other venues. The group have sung at the last two Shanty Festivals in Albany.
Matt has spent a lifetime sitting in quiet corners playing Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel songs and incorporates his rocking finger style playing into all his arrangements. He embarked on a solo career in 2020 after finishing his regular 9 to 5 job and wanted to see if all his years of playing the guitar could be worth anything. In 2020 Matt put together a John Prine show that incorporates his favourite John Prine songs and stories which provides the audience with some great listening, singing along and a few chuckles. The show has grown in popularity around Albany and Matt hopes to share John Prine songs with more and more people.
Michael Ward Trio have been touring WA and Australia extensively over the last 18 months and enjoying the success of thier debut EP The Jarrah Tree which has amassed over 60,000 Spotify streams and hundreds of airplays globally. The trio have great on-stage banter and share songs filled with Michael’s passion for the ocean and our gorgeous states beaches. Bouncing violins, great acoustic grooves and catchy hooks are a clear take away when these guys perform.
Mucky Duck Bush Band
The Mucky Duck Bush Band, often called Mucky Duck, is a Western Australian Australian folk and country music band or bush band formed in 1973 and still active today, in Perth and Western Australia. The band was founded by Stan Hastings, who ran the folk club The Stables in Northbridge, and his son Greg Hastings.
The Offsiders is a trio of sisters featuring their mother based in rural town Narrikup, They were inspired to pursue music by their grandparents musical career. The Offsiders are Tiffany Stewart – an aspiring singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist- with singer/songwriters Gemma-Lee Stewart, Shanaya Stewart and Anne-Marie Stewart on Cajon.
The Old Geezer
The Old Geezer sings a few songs, says a few poems and tells a few tales, all of them either novelty, humorous and/or weird, accompanying himself on guitar, autoharp or ukulele. He might get one of his mates to sing or play along with him on occasions. Nothing you could not take your nanna, kids or pastor along to listen. Australian, British, North American and Caribbean content.
As a long standing and respected member of the Western Australian Folk Scene, Peter is one of that rapidly disappearing rare breed of performers possessing the ability to make you laugh, laugh louder, and cry, in the space of two songs.
Playlist is a choir with a difference; we are Albany’s only Indie Pop/Rock choir. We formed in 2020 and provide a fun and inclusive space where anyone (18+) is welcome. No auditions. You just need a love of singing awesome music and creating beautiful harmonies with like- minded people.
RnB Soul Train
Roimata & Jessica formed their duo Rnb Soul Train April 21’, since then the pair have been making waves in the Great Southern, performing regularly in venues around Albany, Denmark and Bremer Bay. Travelling as far as Esperance, for their first single launch tour early 23′, they’re set to release another 5 singles by the end of this year. Their music is rhythmic, Roimata’s voice melodic and captivating. They play cover songs with their own flare, and both have a deep love for music which is displayed during their live performances.
Rob Zielinski and Manuela Cenntani
Robert and Manuela play traditional music from Ireland on wooden flute and fiddle. They also play many of Robert’s new compositions.inspired by the great southern region of W.A
Manuela is a flute player and singer from San Clemente, Rimini, Italy. Manuela graduated from the Conservatoire of Bologna (Italy) in 2009, receiving a Masters with distinction in flute (Diploma in Flauto traverso).
Rumskull over the past 20 years has preformed all over WA from major festivals (Fairbridge, Ballingup Medieval etc..) to small drunken parties. The band is a raucus celtic punk pirate party but dont be fooled by the funny hats and swords its not a kids show. Locky Gurr (aka Gurr Beard, Mandolin), James Gentle (aka Pirate Jim, accordian), Justin Cassley (aka Captain Hook Nose, guitar), Paul Hood (aka Severed Hood, drums), and Merl (aka bass).
Rusty and Marko
Russell and Mark (from The Last Five Coins) also play as a duo. Russell plays fiddle and hurdy gurdy and Mark plays piano accordion. We play mainly instrumental music from European cultures, many with a maritime history. International travel greatly enhances their performance material. Think Dalmatia, France, Italy, UK, Ireland, the Shetlands, across the Atlantic to the USA and beyond. We play at cafes, pubs, docks, markets, festivals and collaborate with the International Folk Dance group to provide dance music from many world cultures.
Salt Lake Shantymen
The lads who are The Salt Lake Shantymen have variously been described as “Howling Hooligans”, “Ranting Rapscallions” and even (gasp!) “Shabbaroon Shantymen” (look it up). The Shantymen spend their days roving (actually, looking for) the docks of the Goldfields, singing about the good old days to anyone who’ll listen. Occasionally they even do it while sober. They’re freshly back in port from another voyage buccaneering around the salt lakes of Kalgoorlie Boulder and have some working songs to subject you to – sorry, that’s “share with you”. Songs of the sea don’t get any saltier than this. No seriously, they’re so briny their pants stand up by themselves (let’s just hope they wear them this time).
Salty Sea Dogs
SSD’s are a bunch of blokes who sail, surf, fish, navigate, build and rig boats. Then we started singing about it too. Old songs and newer ones and some originals.
The Salty Sirens
Roll down for a rollicking sing-along of sea shanties, she shanties and sea songs with The Salty Sirens. These sapphic sailors and their Irate Pirate matey Blackbeard Sam will lead you on a musical journey through traditional and modern nautical folk song, tales of ship work, daring adventure, defiance and debauchery. Expect fiery fiddling, bellowing accordion and belly laughs on this shanty adventure with a queer twist!
Sea Bird are two singers (Flossy and Jo) and a bouzouki player (Gren) with an eclectic repertoire of folk songs, old and new.
Sea Glass is a new singing group from Albany, Western Australia, composed of four talented women who share a passion for singing. Their sound is characterised by beautiful harmonies that blend seamlessly with the piano accompaniment.
The Shantylillies are an all female group from Albany,Western Australia. We sing shanties ad songs of the sea.
She Shants are slightly subversive, sometimes sweet, and draw repertoire from traditional and original songs of waiting, loss, adventure and a fascination of sea creatures.
SingAbility is a free community all abilities singing group developed and facilitated by Community Living Association, the group meet weekly to sing under the direction of Choir conductor Teresa Hughes. The program started in October 2021 with funding support from LotteryWest and it aims to create social connections and community participation opportunities for people with disability. We have a strong group of approximately 30 people of all ages and abilities, who attend each week, who love music singing and connecting with others. We hope for an opportunity to showcase our abilities and challenge disability stereotypes at your amazing community event.
Rod Vervest and Bob Lipinski are a homegrown, Great Southern folk and country blues duo who have played many corners of Australia, supported international artists and played more gigs than they can remember. Well seasoned and bordering on heritage listing, they are still “skipping the boards”.
The Lost Quays
Singing both a cappella, and with sprinkling of guitar, ukulele and concertina, The Lost Quays perform with energy and good humour, and relish a strong audience connection. As well as traditional material, and nautical folk material from around the world, there’s many an original song. Based in the port of Fremantle, where we host an informal monthly ‘Shanty Club’ at Clancy’s Fish Pub, we’ve sailed in numerous festivals and events across Western Australia, with a European tour in 2018.
Kieth and Jan Cook play contemporary folk/ country /cajun/Irish songs, accompanied by guitar mandolin piano accordion.
The Tar Boys
Couple of auld fellas singing songs about shearing.
The Whistling Kites is an Old Time trio from Albany, Western Australia. Their music features the driving rhythm and groove of fiddle, banjo and guitar. Their set takes audiences on a journey through pre-Bluegrass Appalachia, with good time fiddle tunes and melancholic country and bluegrass songs – all delivered with toe-tapping tempos, twang and harmony. With respect for the origins of Old Time music, The Whistling Kites take joy in sharing age old tunes and stories in an Australian context.
Charlotte Munro- vocals, Deon Utber- vocals and guitar) were formed in 2022. Through the use of close harmonies and guitar driven rhythm, they present a repertoire of songs that reflect their love of the oral story-telling tradition of folk. These songs speak of themes that have repeated throughout history: those of love and longing, loss and retribution.