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The International Folk'n Shanty Festival has invited a host of incredible performers to fill the streets and venues of Albany with music for the whole family to enjoy.

With 10 international acts and more than 40 Australian groups heading down to our seaside town for the weekend, there is plenty of entertainment to keep you warm this winter.

Below is a highlight of some of the performers you'll see singing around town, with more information and performance times available via

Albany Shantymen
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If Australia prides itself on mateship then The Albany Shantymen distills mateship into music. A group of ordinary blokes that meet at their local pub and sing sea shanties, the joy and energy they bring to this traditional music is infectious. The lads have been disguising themselves as proper musicians to sneak into festivals for free for five years now. Be prepared to stamp, clap and sing along. Look for them in the bars with a beer in hand roaring out working songs from the days of sail.

The Lost
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A shanty band dedicated to performing shanties and songs of the sea.
These range from traditional work songs (Shanties) from the times of sail and steam, to original and current material.
They mostly perform a cappella (unaccompanied), but do sometimes include instruments such as drum, guitar, mandolin and accordion.
They are regular performers at Fairbridge and Nannup music festivals, and toured Europe and the UK in 2018.

Rob Zielinski
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Rob started playing the fiddle when he was eight years old in Perth, Western Australia, learning to play by ear from Irish fiddle players Sean Doherty (Co Mayo) and Mick Doherty (Co Donegal).

At seventeen Sean Doherty encouraged Rob to visit Ireland where he subsequently spent the following fourteen years on the West Coast, immersing himself in the music of the older generation.

He also taught music for three years at the Galway School of Traditional Irish Music and has continued to teach ever since. In 2012, with the support of The Nation Library of Australia, Rob and Mick Doherty released Out West, a collection of old and rare versions of tunes from Mick's family including many settings from Mick's father Hughie Doherty and Mick's grandfather Mickey Mor. He is currently very interested in pursuing his own compositions including the hour long Torbay Suite.

Shantily Clad
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Shantily Clad sing songs that’ll put the wind in your sails.

This Melbourne based sea shanty band’s modern twist on traditional sea shanties have made them a hit at festivals and pubs across the seven seas and will get even the most lily-livered-landlubber singing along.

Part of a new generation of shanty groups taking the world by storm, Shantily Clad are dedicated to spreading the mental health benefits of group singing.

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Rising from the depths of Bunbury's Leschenault Inlet a bully crew of 20 Anchormen breach the waves and burst onto the stage with their rousing sea shanties and fo'c'sle songs.

Having learnt the ropes fast the Anchormen are rowdy and boisterous, valuing only two things: having a good time and bringing that good time to audiences Australia wide.

When the Anchormen shanghai you to sea you'll be primed to sing along to a lively chorus about the trails of Jack Tar, his Buckos on the ship, a love of whiskey and the Sallys he longs for on shore.

Climb aboard and have the irrepressible Anchormen take you on an infectiously enjoyable and raucous journey back to the age of sail.

See you all deck side.

The Last
Five Coins

International folk dance is new to Albany but a long history of folk dance exists wherever people thrive.  Experienced dance teacher Palenque will lead you in a range of easy dances from across Europe and the Middle East, ranging from the gentle to the energetic. Last Five Coins have been providing music for folk dancing for many years in Perth. This dance sees them bring their skill in eclectic folk music of Europe, and traditional instruments to Albany for the first time

Gav Brown
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A regular on the live music scene in Perth, West Australia, Gav Brown has performed his soul-fuelled mix of country-rock, folk and pop around Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.


A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gav uses guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica, mandolin, cigar-box guitar, and ukulele to craft honest uplifting music that captures the spirit of a journeyman.

Brown has a passion for music which is clear in his songwriting. His influences include George Gershwin, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, James Taylor, Carlos Santana and John Mayer and he has been compared to Tom Waits, and Dave Alvin.

Darcy Hay
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Singer-songwriter Darcy Hay is a lifelong Geraldton resident, and is proud to write songs about the Wheatbelt communities he’s a part of.
The 28 year old fingerpicking, slide guitar and harmonica sensation has branched into the festival circuit, with appearances Nannup Music Festival, Gascoyne River Music Festival, Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, Strings Attached Guitar Festival, Nukara Music Festival and Blues For The Bush.

Also a prize-winning poet, Hay recently received a Commended place at the yearly national songwriting competition held by the Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association for his song ‘The Old Farm Debt’.

With more than 400 original songs written, a broad, everyman drawl, inimitable guitar skills and a disarmingly affable, humble stage presence, Hay is an artist on the rise in the state’s music scene.