11th to 19th June
FREE OF CHARGE
PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’S WATERLOOVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
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interval drink included
LUNCHES SERVED from 12noon
12.30pm at St George’s Church:
St George’s Church, Waterlooville, licensed bar opens 7pm. Late finish -
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The Portsmouth Shantymen were originally formed in 1978, at the request of the organisers of Christchurch Folk Festival. In those dim and distant days, most festivals ran shanty singarounds as part of the pub session scene and that year the group booked to host the Christchurch sessions had to pull out at very short notice. Rather than cancel the sessions outright, the organisers contacted club organisers in Portsmouth, reasoning (falsely as it turned out) that as the South Coast's premier Naval base, the city would have a strong tradition of shanty singing. The word was quickly passed around the Portsmouth clubs and various resident singers asked to help out in return for a free festival ticket. Thus it was that a motley crew, including Sooty Broughton, Tom Lewis, Bernard Potter, Brian Dennett, Nick Gough and Brian Ingham arrived in Christchurch on a sunny Friday evening to find themselves billed as The Portsmouth Shanty Men.
The rest of the weekend's memories tend to be blurred in an alcoholic haze, but we remember that we had a good time and no-
And that was that. We all went our separate ways and thought nothing further of it. That lasted only a couple of years until the advent of the late lamented Folk Afloat festival. The folk world had started to take a renewed interest in shanties, with artists such as Johnny Collins and Jim Mageean leading the way, so it seemed natural to set a concert of maritime music aboard ship, in this case the hulk of H.M.S. Foudrouyant in Portsmouth Harbour. The Portsmouth Shantymen were asked to re-
As our repertoire increased, we started performing in folk clubs, still singing shanties almost exclusively. This continued until the Australian Bi-
This music was also released as an EP. About this time, Pete Watkinson moved away from Portsmouth and left the Shantymen. We spent a fair bit of that summer singing aboard the various ships that were forming the replica First Fleet, including a very early morning spot on Radio 2's Derek Jameson's Breakfast Show.
Since that time, Britain seems to have woken up to its proud Maritime Heritage and shanty singing is now seen as an integral part of any Maritime, as well as Folk Festival. We have appeared at Liverpool, Bristol, Swansea, Lancaster, Hull, Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland and Brest in Brittany as well as many folk festivals, folk clubs, conferences, book launches for Douglas Reeman, sessions on HMS Victory/Warrior, the Speakers House in the House of Commons, and many more events, too various to mention here. We have also extended our range and although we are still known as The Portsmouth Shantymen we by no means restrict ourselves solely to shanties and songs of the sea. We have a wide variety of land based songs in our repertoire; if it can be harmonised we'll give it a go!
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Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-
After founding and running the Southampton University folk society in 2011 they formed a busking band to take folk music to the streets for a summer holiday. Seven years, three albums and a host of successful concert, ceilidh, folk club and festival performances later the band are still going strong! 2014 saw the release of their third album ‘Pantomime Cannon’ to critical acclaim.
Threepenny Bit were a smash hit at Waterlooville Music Festival 2013, since when they have become firmly established as one of the South of England’s leading folk groups; their return to the festival is something we have been trying to achieve for a long time!
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