The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club

The Hoy Shanty Crew

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A Selection of The Hoy Shanty Crew's Ports of Call in 2021

5th September 2021 - The Garden Gathering, Leigh Library Gardens The Crew joining The Silver Darlings and Mains'l Haul on the Main Stage
• 11/12th September 2021 - The Secret Shanty Festival, Old Leigh Town  The Crew are hosting the first Secret Shanty Fest in Old Leigh which is part of The Southend Arts Festival and will be joined by The Hogeye Men, Mains'l Haul, The Silver Darlings, The Thameside Mummers and Cockleshell Clog.  and many others
25th September 2021 - The Hoy's 50th Anniversary The Crew will be performing during the afternoon sesion of the Hoy's Birtday Party.
* 26th September 2021 - HMS Leigh - The Crew performing at both ends of the longest and bravest Pier in the world.
8th October 2021 - Billet Wharf - Some of the Crew singing local shanties for Herts Uni.
* 21st October 2021 - Trafalgar Day - Celebration Eveneing at Tabor's Farm, Sutton nr Rochford
• 12th November 2021 -  Thorpe Dene Baptist Church - Saturday Club
* 4/5th December 2021 - Billet Wharf - Victorian Craft Fair
• 14th December 2021 - Westcliff U3A
• 28th December 2021 - The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club - Special Night at The Royal British Legion in Westcliff : The Crew and friends will be leading an evening of joyous chorus singing at The Hoy to bring in the New Year

About The Crew

The Hoy Shanty Crew was formed several years ago, originally based on regular members of The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club
and quickly became
an integral and popular part of the lively folk scene in Essex.
THSC has performed at many events and festivals throughout the UK. 
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 features Tony Prior, Derek 'Otto' Oliver, Dave Symonds, Allan Barttram, Ron Hill, Terry Docherty,
Keith Baxter,  Steve Ramm, Mike Reeves, Bill Pardon, Garry Walker & Peter Purnell
but they 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
or rehearsing shanties in Old Leigh on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.


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