26th-28th: BieDaip International Shanty Festival in Appingedam in the Netherlands. We are really looking forward to the fifteenth Bie Daip Festival and contributing to a celebrated gathering of international shanty singers and groups. No doubt it will be another great weekend. See Bie Daip Shanty Festival for more details and a list of the performing artists.
19th-21st: Crinniú na mBád in Kinvara, Co Galway. The festival celebrates the beautiful Galway Hookers, and the legendary traditional turf boats of the west of Ireland will be present in the harbour village of Kinvara. We are looking forward to a frenzy of sessions with the cream of Irish traditional musicians and singers. Should be a great weekend! Check out CrinniunamBad for updates.
2nd July: There is a commemoration concert in the Coastguard Station in Tramore for the Seahorse, a troop carrier that floundered in Tramore Bay in 1816 with the loss of many lives. The concert begins at 8pm and there are several interesting contributions. Hope to see you there!!
17th-19th June: we are performing in Ballydehob on the Saturday and overnight at the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival in west Cork. See Fastnet Festival. We are singing in Levis sometime between 3pm and 5pm, in the Irish Whip at 6.30, at 10.45 in Vincent Coughlan's and we finish off in the Sandboat at 11.30. Should be a great days' singing!
27-30 May: A week-long Maritime Festival is taking place in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, Antrim (lovely places) and we are performing there over the first weekend. That will be special. More details of this exciting event can be found by visiting Rathlin Festival or the Causeway Coastal Route website and the link there to their Facebook page has a downloadable Festival Events Guide (see below).
30 April: The annual shanty gathering in Rosslare takes place this year on the 30th April in Hotel Rosslare (where else) and we look forward to meeting some old (and maybe new friends). The event begins at 8pm and, apart from ourselves, The Molgoggers, Vagrants Crew, Tom Mullane & Jim Corr and a host of others will be performing. A great night is guaranteed!.
16 April: we are performing onstage in Dungarvan at 12.30 (until around 13.10) as part of the West Waterford Food Festival which takes place from the 15-17th April all around West Waterford (but mainly focused in Dungarvan). It is a huge family event and is always well attended.
All is needed is good weather!!
Seascapes is a radio programme broadcast every Friday night on RTE Radio 1, from 10.30-11.00 pm, which deals with all maritime issues. It is produced and presented by Marcus Connaughton (a lovely man and great supporter of Hooks and Crookes). You can find more information on this wonderful programme by clicking the link Seascapes. Podcasts of previous programmes can also be listened to there.