North Northamptonshire Music Festival 2021

We entered and were delighted to come out winners of this online event. Our prize? We get to close the Gala Concert at the festival at the 2022 event on June 11th. Thanks to everyone who voted, shared and supported. We shall now be known as the award winning Isle ‘ave a Shanty šŸ˜‰ !

Local Shanty Group Wins Music Festival Award – Spotted in Ely

Isle ‘ave a Shanty on the Radio

We continue to get air time on radio stations – we have featured on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Cambridge 105, Soham Radio & Peterborough’s Most Wanted in session and recorded tracks.

World Tour 2020

Our world tour (of virtual open mics) took place in August 2020. It kicked off with the Cambridge Folk Club Virtual Open Mic where we were humbled to be invited. Our US debut was at the NR Coffee house – Boston, Massachusetts. We went down very well and hope to go again, maybe one day in the real world. Next we moved on to Hollywood where we brought an unusual vibe – Sea Shanties on the strip, I’m not sure its the sort of thing Hollywood was used to!!! A quick jump across the oceans then found us at the Jerusalem Folk Night, a wonderful evening of like minded people that really appreciated our act. The tour wrapped up back in the USA at the Johnson Memorial Library, New Jersey, another great night and lovely comments.

During these limited times to perform, the world tour has been a great opportunity. We were able to share some of our favourite songs inc A Sailor ain’t a Sailor, South Australia, Fishermen of Ely and Keep Hauling.


“It is such a rich song, you don’t notice right away that it is all voice and no instruments!”

“Makes me want to sing along!”

Fishermen of Ely

So here we are, after the relaxation of the lockdown rules, we were at last able to meet, albeit socially distanced, and managed to arrange our new song, written by Captain Kevin and arranged by the band. Have a listen here

Haddenham Plugged In Festival

On Sat 2nd May, we were very happy to be part of the Haddenham Plugged in Show. We had our own 1/2 hour slot at 4pm and it featured, shanties, interviews with the band and a very special video performance especially produced for the event.

Strawberry Fair

Following the Covid-19 cancellation, the Strawberry Fair has moved onto the radio. We are delighted to be included in the Portland Ballroom Set at 7pm on June 16th on Cambridge 105 Radio

IAAS Charity Video

So many people need so much support during the current crisis we are faced with, but we have selected 2 charities to support with our bit of fun video. (and Excellent work from editor Elliott C Spray)

We hope you enjoy it, and if you can spare even a small amount for charity, we thank you.

1. The Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. We are a sea shanty band based in the landlocked county of Cambridgeshire, the front line services need your help. Your donation will aid the wellbeing of staff through this difficult time, provide vital equipment needed to support the Intensive Care Unit and much more.

2. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We may be far from the sea but we wonder how on earth will this vital service to our sailors and fishermen be sustained without donations?

Ely Folk Club

We will be supporting the wonderful Bill Jones at Ely Folk Club in September 2021


Like everyone else, we are affected by the very fluid situation with the virus and the situation surrounding it. We are seeing events cancelled and, despite being incredibly frustrating for us as a band, fully understand the decisions that are having to be made.

However, Isle ‘ave a Shanty remain available. Of course we will follow Government Guidelines on staying safe and everything else that goes with it. We are still hoping to fulfil all our bookings, but this is out of our control

We are using the space provided by such cancellations to busk, practice and hopefully make a promo show-reel.

Rest Assured, as soon as we are allowed we will be there stronger than ever

Keep Hauling


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