Albany International Folk ‘n’ Shanty Festival
10 April - 12 AprilFree
Albany International Folk ‘n’ Shanty Festival is Australia’s only shanty music festival. The inaugural event was held in 2019 and was an unqualified success with over two thousand people attending events over the Easter weekend. The 2020 festival is set to be even bigger with more groups reflecting the growing popularity if maritime folk and shanty music internationally. The whole event is free to the public and the only money raised is donated to Albany Community Hospice and The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation.
The 2019 event featured a number of Scottish Musicians and traditional Scottish folk songs/tunes in the open music sessions, shanty groups (many of which have Scottish members and of course Andy Davis, possibly the finest musician playing the Scottish Smallpipes currently playing in Australia. Andy was kind enough to play at the opening night to a packed auditorium at The Albany Entertainment Centre. All of these wonderful musicians are joining us again in 2020.
Albany is WA’s oldest European settlement. It is a really friendly town and is a very popular destination for Scottish people since it has a gentle cooler climate and the hills around the harbour are often described as resembling Scottish countryside.