Eat, drink and be merry at Felixstowe’s first ShantyCafe

PUBLISHED: 14:33 28 March 2019

Felixstowe'’s very own sea shanty crew The Felix Stowaways Picture: FELIX STOWAWAYS

Felixstowe'’s very own sea shanty crew The Felix Stowaways Picture: FELIX STOWAWAYS


Following two successful visits to The Netherlands in 2017 and 2018 to take part in so-called ‘Shantycafe’ events, The Felix Stowaways, Felixstowe’s very own sea shanty crew, are bringing the format to the UK.

A ShantyCafe is best described as a meeting of Shanty crews, to sing, exchange ideas and songs, eat, drink and be merry.

The public are also encouraged to come along and enjoy the music and song.

The town’s ShantyCafe 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 2pm at the Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club and it is believed to be the first event of this kind held in the UK.

The event will be an international affair, with two crews making the journey across the North Sea from The Netherlands, to take part – The Forebitter Men from Leeuwarden, and Ol’ Hands Shantymen from Apeldoorn. Both crews regularly take part in ShantyCafes and festivals in their homeland, where sea shanty singing is very popular.

These crews will be joined by four shanty bands from the UK, too – The Felix Stowaways, Shotley Crue and Motley Crew from Brightlingsea in Essex.

They are all regulars at the annual Harwich International Shanty Festival, and are excited to be involved in something new.

The fourth act will be new local band The Rum Old Boys.

The Felix Stowaways first formed in 2014 and sing shanties and songs of the sea, a capella. Made up of five local men, the band raises money for the local charity Felixstowe Volunteer Coastal Patrol and Rescue Service.

For more information, follow the band on Facebook and Instagram or visit the band’s website www.thefelixstowaways.net.

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