The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club

The Hoy Shanty Crew

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The Hoy Shanty Crew's Ports of Call in 2018

Tue 2nd Jan    The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club

Sat 24 Feb    Rolling Down the River at Wakering Community Hall

Sat 3 Mar    Roy Mette's Pirate Gathering at The Smack in Old Leigh

Sat 14 Apr    Folk & Ale on Southend Pier

Sun 15 Apr    Folk & Ale on Southend Pier

Sat 2 Jun      Maldon with Mains'l Haul

Sat 16 Jun    Woodlands Concert in Belfairs Woods

21st June    Endeavour Event at Osbornes in Old Leigh

Sat 23 Jun    Library Gardens at Leigh Folk Festival

Sun 24 Jun    Billet Wharf at Leigh Folk Festival

29th July        Music on Sea in Old Leigh

10th Aug       Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

Sun 9 Sep    Leigh Regatta in Old Leigh Town

5th Oct        Rolling Down the River at Harwich Int Shanty Festival

8th Dec        Strand Wharf Carols


About The Crew

The Hoy Shanty Crew was formed several years ago, originally based on regular members of The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club. The Crew quickly became an integral and popular part of the lively folk scene in Essex and has performed at many events and festivals throughout Essex and beyond. 
The Crew has a well-earned reputation for gutsy and passionate rendering of shanties as well as other chorus songs, particularly if they involve the partaking of beer.

The crew includes Tony Prior, Derek 'Otto' Oliver, Dave Symonds, Allan Barttram, Ron Hill, Terry Docherty, Keith Baxter,  Steve Ramm & Mike Reeve but are often joined by other local enthusiastic folk singers with a passion for rousing renditions of traditional songs.

You can often catch members of the crew singing at The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club
on a Tuesday evening at The Royal British Legion in Westcliff on Sea


The 'Crew' performing on Endeavour at Bell Wharf, Old Leigh


Jack Forbes with the 'Crew' at The Sunday Sessions in the Royal Pavilion, Southend on Sea

Rolling Down the River at the 2017 Folk n Ale Festival



Entertaining the crowds in Library Gardens, Leigh on Sea

Singing at the Leigh Maritime Festival in Old Leigh

The Crew at Leigh Regatta onboard Endeavour



The passing to higher service of Jack Forbes in 2016

was a bitter blow to The Shanty Crew.

Jack's songs, his singing, his contribution to folk music 

and his support & friendship will be sorely missed.




For more information :

Contact Tony Prior 07805 641797