List of maritime music festivals

List of maritime music festivals is a sortable incomplete list of regularly occurring festivals, throughout the world, which feature or which usually contain significant performances of maritime music, a style of folk music largely based on the sea shanty. This list may have some overlap with list of folk festivals and list of early music festivals.

Shanties had antecedents in the working chants of British and other national maritime traditions. They were notably influenced by songs of shanty repertoire borrowed from the contemporary popular music enjoyed by sailors, including minstrel music, popular marches, and land-based folk songs. The music has since appeared at early folk festivals, and by the late 1970s, the activities of enthusiasts and scholar-performers at places like the Mystic Seaport Museum (who initiated an annual Sea Music Festival in 1979) and the San Francisco Maritime Museum established sea music—inclusive of shanties, sea songs, and other maritime music—as a genre with its own circuit of festivals, record labels, performance protocol, and so on. Some of the performances may be held at maritime museums, in conjunction with boat shows or maritime festivals, or at other venues friendly to acoustic music.

The performances at festivals can take several forms, as shanty performances today reflect a range of musical approaches and tastes. There are performers who favor a "traditional" style, who often perform work songs a capella or only with light instrumentation typical of sailors (e.g. concertina). A great many of the performers of shanties do so in what might be distinguished as a "folk music" style, often accompanied by guitar and banjo. Still other performers come to shanties from backgrounds in pop, rock, or theatrical music, and perform in what may be called a "contemporary" style. Some shanties are performed in a "classical" choir style (like the Robert Shaw Chorale).

Related lists and categories

The following lists may have some overlap:

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Festivals by location

Location (country, city) Time Festival Debut year Associated organization(s) Link
France, Paimpol Festival du chant de marin 1989 [1]
Germany, Stade October, 3rd weekend Stader Shantychor-Festival Stade Aktuell GmbH [2]
Netherlands, Giethoorn September De Slag op 't Wiede [3]
Netherlands, Rotterdam September, 1st week International Shanty Festival [4]
Norway June, 1st weekend Langesund International Shantyfestival 1991 [5]
Poland, Kraków February International Sea Songs Festival, "Shanties" 1981 [6]
Liverpool October first Weekend Liverpool Sea Shanty Festival 2014 Shanty UK
United Kingdom, Falmouth June Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival A fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution [7]
United Kingdom, Harwich October, 2nd weekend Harwich Shanty Festival [8]
Ellesmere Port Easter of each year Ellesmere Port ,Shanty UK, Gathering. 2011 Shanty UK
Gloucester, Gloucestershire May 27–29, 2016 Gloucester Shanty Festival [9] 2016 A fundraiser for the Severn Area Rescue Association providing Lifeboats on the River Severn [10]
United States, San Diego, California July Sea Chantey Festival Maritime Museum of San Diego [11]
United States, Mystic, Connecticut June, 2nd week Annual Sea Music Festival 1979 Mystic Seaport [12]
United States, Portsmouth, New Hampshire September, last weekend in Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival 1999–present Market Square, Portsmouth, NH [13]
United States, Chicago, Illinois February, 4th week Chicago History MuseumChicago Maritime Festival Chicago History Museum [14]
Canada, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec 3rd week of August Fête des Chants de marins de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli 1998–present La COFEC, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC http://chantsmarins.com/en/

Festivals by date

The following table is a selection of the European event calendar remso.eu - Shanty- festivals with more than 4 performers (groups) only. All reported festival-events up from 3 groups you can find here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Click on date below to watch participants of that event and listen to some of their songs.

days
1st year
2017
yy/mm/dd
2018
yy/mm/dd
2019
yy/mm/dd
2020
yy/mm/dd
Festival
Organizer
groups
audience
Location (country, city)
February
Fry-Sun 17/03/03-05 19/02/22-24 Deunen & Deinen
deunendeinen.nl
16 NL-1600 Enkhuizen
May
1 May
1999
18/05/01 19/05/01 Maritimer Frühschoppen
Shanty-Chor Eilshausen
05 D-32120 Hiddenhausen
Chr.Himmelfahrt
1995
17/05/25 18/05/10 19/05/30 Friesischer Frühschoppen
Shanty-Chor "Die Luttermöwen"
05 D-33334 Gütersloh-Isselhorst
June
Sat,Sun
1993
17/06/03-04
1. Juni-WE
18/06/01-03 19/05/30-02 Internat. Shanty-Festival-Seelze
Shanty-Chor-Lohnde
10
2'500
D-30926 Seelze
Sun
2000
18/06/03 19/06/02 Shantychorfestival
Shanty-Chor MK Kamen/Bergkamen
05 D-59192 Bergkamen
July
Fry-Sun
2013
17/06/30-02 18/07/06-08 19/07/05-07 20/06/26-28 Shanty-Festival Travemünde
Kulturbühne Travemünde gUG
38
60'000
D-23570 Lübeck-Travemünde
Fry-Sun 17/06/30-02 18/06/29-01 19/07/05-07 Festival Maritim
Tourismus Service Großenbrode
12 D-23775 Großenbrode
August
Fry-Sun
1989
17/08/11-13 no 19/08/02-04 no Festival du chant de marin
Association "Festival du chant de marin"
160
145'000
F-22500 Paimpol
October
Sat,Sun 17/10/14,15 18/10/13,14 19/10/12,13 Stader Shantychor-Festival
Stade Marketing und Tourismus GmbH
17 D-21680 Stade

Outdated

2015
mm/dd
2016
mm/dd
2017
mm/dd
days
1st year
Festival
Organizer
groups
audience
Location (country, city)
February
15/02/20 16/02/26-28 Fry-Sun Deunen & Deinen
deunendeinen.nl
16 Netherlands, Enkhuizen
16/02/25-28 Thu-Sun
1981
Intern. Sailors' Songs Festival
Krakowska Fundacja .. "HALS"
Poland, Kraków
March
15/04/03
Good Friday
16/03/26-27-28
easter
Fry-Mon Sea Shanty Festival
National Waterways Museum, Shanty UK
06 ? United Kingdom, Ellesmere Port
May
15/05/10
Muttertag
Sun Soltauer Shanty-Festival
Soltauer Shantychor e.V.
05 Germany, Soltau
15/05/14
Himmelfahrt
16/05/05
Himmelfahrt
Thu Shanty-Festival am Museumshafen
Museumshafen Büsum e.V.
08 Germany, Büsum
15/05/14
Himmelfahrt
16/05/05
Himmelfahrt
17/05/25
Himmelfahrt
Thu
1995
Friesischer Frühschoppen
Shanty Chor "Die Luttermöwen"
06
2'500
Germany, Gütersloh
Lothar Kache
15/05/25
whitsun
16/05/16
whitsun
Mon Shantyfestival Brummen
Shantykoor "De Ijsselboei"
Netherlands, Brummen
15/05/17 Sun Landes-Chortreffen "Zwei Küsten - ein Norden"
Kurverwaltung Insel Poel
05 Germany, Insel Poel
15/05/22 Fry-Sun Gloucester Shanty Festival
gloucestershantyfestival.co.uk/
28 United Kingdom, Gloucester
15/05/30 16/05/28 Sat Shantyfestival Winschoten
Shantykoor Maritiem Winschoten
11 Netherlands, Winschoten
15/05/30 Sat Regge Coast Shanty Festival
Shantykoor "Die Regghe Sangers"
10 Netherlands, Hellendoorn
June
15/06/05 16/06/03 Fry-Sun Langesund Intern. Shanty Festival
Langesund Mandssangforening
14 Norway, Langesund
15/06/06
1. Juni-WE
16/06/04-05
1. Juni-WE
17/06/03
1. Juni-WE
Sat,Sun
1993
Shanty-Festival-Seelze
Shanty-Chor-Lohnde
10
2'500
Germany, Seelze
Rolf Zikowsky
15/06/06-07
1. Juni-WE
16/06/03-05
1. Juni-WE
Fry-Sun
1980
Shantys zum Vegesacker Hafenfest
Vegesacker Hafenfest e.V.
04 Germany, Bremen
15/06/12 Fry-Sun Bravour Shantyfestival / Havendagen
Zeemanskoor Bravour
07 Netherlands, Woerden
15/06/12-14 16/06/17-19 Fry-Sun Falmouth Intern. Sea Shanty Festival
falmouthseashanty.co.uk
53
25'000
United Kingdom, Falmouth
15/06/12
2.Fry Jun
16/06/10
2.Fry Jun
Fry-Sun Dahmer Shantychortreffen
Kurbetrieb Ostseebad Dahme
13 Germany, Dahme
15/06/14
2.Sun Jun
16/06/19
3.Sun Jun
Sun
2012
Tag der Shanty-Chöre
Verkehrsverein Rheingrafenstein e.V.
05 Germany, Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg
15/06/19 Sat,Sun Rosses Point Shanty Festival
rossespointshanty.com/
22 Ireland, Rosses Point
15/06/20
3.Sat Jun
16/06/18-19
3.Sat Jun
Sat,Sun Tag der Shantychöre
Nordseeheilbad Cuxhaven GmbH
16 Germany, Cuxhaven
no 16/06/25
every 4. year
Sat Shantyfestival Maritiem
Shantykoor de Admiraliteitssjongers
? Netherlands, Dokkum
15/06/26
4.Fry Jun
16/06/24
4.Fry Jun
Fry-Sun Shanty-Festival Travemünde
Kulturbühne Travemünde gUG
40 Germany, Travemünde
15/06/28 Sun Scholtenhagen-Festival
Lionsclub Haaksbergen
12 Netherlands, Haaksbergen
July
15/07/11
2.Sat Jul
16/07/09
2.Sat Jul
Sat,Sun
2007
Shanty-Festival Carolinensiel
Shanty-Chor-Carolinensiel
07
1'200
Germany, Wittmund
Gerhard Sander
15/07/12
2.Sun July
16/07/10
2.Sun July
17/07/09
2.Sun July
Sun Festival der Shanty-Chöre Steinhude
Wunstorfer Shanty-Chor
06 Germany, Wunstorf
15/07/12 Sun Shanty-Festival Hude
Shanty-Chor Hude
05 Germany, Hude
15/07/18
every 2 years
no Sat,Sun Shanty-Festival des Altländer SC
Altländer Shanty-Chor e.V.
12 Germany, Grünendeich
15/07/19 Sun Shantychortreffen
Shantychor "Reriker Heulbojen" e.V.
06 Germany, Rerik
15/07/24 Fry,Sat Shantys und Me(h)erDie Warnemünder Jungs ? 10 Germany, Rostock-Warnemünde
15/07/24 Fry-Sun Shantykor Festival
caroline-s.dk
08 Denmark, Svendborg
15/07/31-02
1.Sat Aug
16/08/05-07
1.Sat Aug
Fry-Sun Festival Maritim
Vegesack Marketing e.V.
14
100'000
Germany, Bremen
August
15/08/02 16/08/07 Sun
2015
Shanty-Festival auf dem Fischerfest
Rheinisches Fischerfest Gernsh.GmbH
07 Germany, Gernsheim
15/08/08
2.Sat Aug
15/08/13
2.Sat Aug
Sat
2013
Shanty-Chortreffen der Seeteufel
Musikverein "Seeteufel" Halle e.V.
04
500
Germany, Seegebiet Mansfelder Land
Annelore Schöllner
15/08/09 Sun
2011
Shanty-Open Air
Shantychor Geeste e.V.
08 Germany, Geeste
15/08/12 Wed-Sun Melodien der Meere (Sail Bremerhaven)
Stadt Bremerhaven
31 Germany, Bremerhaven
15/08/14 no ? Fry-Sun
1989
Festival du chant de marin
Assoc. "Festival du chant de marin"
160
145'000
France, Paimpol
Julie Aoura
15/08/16 Sun Inselfest Steyerberg
Shantychor Nendorf
05 Germany, Steyerberg
15/08/28 16/08/26-28 Fry-Sun Intern. Shantyfestival 'Bie Daip'
Stichting Bie Daip
34 Netherlands, Appingedam
15/08/28-29 16/08/26-28 Fry,Sat Shanty- und Seemannschor - Festival
Shanty-Chor Insel Usedom e.V.
06 Germany, Usedom
15/08/29 Sat Shantyfestival in Stadskanaal
Shantykoor De Noszélie Singers
10 Netherlands, Stadskanaal
15/08/13-16 16/08/17-21 17/08/16-20 Wed-Sun

1998

Festival du Chant de marins

Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

10

15000

Canada, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC
September
15/09/04 Fry-Sun Internationaal Shantyfestival
Stichting Shantyfestival Rotterdam
23 Netherlands, Rotterdam
15/09/04 Fry-Sun Vliegende Hollander Festival
Stichting Shantyfestival Zeeuws Vlaanderen
15 Netherlands, Terneuzen
15/09/05 Sat,Sun Shantyfestival 11 Netherlands, Delfzijl
15/09/11-13 Fry-Sun Treffen der Shantychöre 07 Germany, Zingst am Darß
15/09/12 Sat Shantyfestival te Leeuwarden
Leeuwarder Shantykoor
05 Netherlands, Leeuwarden
15/09/13 Sun Shanty & Seasong Festival
Havenkoor Fortitudo
12 Netherlands, Willemstad
15/09/13 Sun Intern. Shanty and Seasong festival
Stichting Shanty Cultuur Emmen
07 Netherlands, Emmen
October
15/10/03-04 Liverpool Sea Shanty Festival
shanty.org.uk
United Kingdom, Liverpool
15/10/03 Sat Shantyfestival Norddeich
Norddeicher Shantychor 2000 e.V.
05 Germany, Norden
15/10/03 Sat ShantyFestival Spijkenisse
shantyfestivalspijkenisse.nl/
10 Netherlands, Spijkenisse
15/10/09 Sat,Sun Harwich Intern. Sea Shanty Festival
The Harwich Intern. Shanty Festival
17 United Kingdom, Harwich
15/10/17-18
3.WE Oct
16/10/15-16
3.WE Oct
17/10/14?
3.WE Oct
Sat,Sun
1994
Stader Shantychor-Festival
Stade Aktuell GmbH
17 Germany, Stade
Manfred Höftmann

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