Media release: You can’t keep a good shanty festival down!


THE very first Oban International Shanty Festival was due to be ‘launched’ this weekend.

Because of the restrictions in place, you are now invited to sail a virtual sea in your own home with a night of rip-roaring songs and music with a crew of great musicians from Canada, France, England and Scotland on Saturday 6 June 2020 between 7.30pm-11.30pm.

Event organiser, Tom Malone, said: “We still wanted to bring Oban and the sea to an audience through tall tales and songs – sea shanties are about getting involved. So, link in and sing along with these great groups from around northern shores.”

Many of the professional Sea Shanty bands who were set to appear in Oban will be performing either singly or in their groups, including Les Broulliers d’Ecoutes, Pressgang Mutiny, Monkey’s Fist, The Naze Shanty Crew, The Keelers and Muldoon’s Picnic.

These acts will be interspersed with Open Mic slots for other performers. If you would like to apply to take part and there’s still slots available email or you can just enjoy the event as an audience member.

Register for free at: for the link on the night. For any updates check out the Facebook page of Glasgow-Shanty-Festival

This event is being run through the TMSA Glasgow branch. For more details about the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) and the branch’s activities – including the second Glasgow Sea Shanty Day currently scheduled for September this year, visit: The branch thanks the Oban Business Improvement District ( for initial support for the event.

Notes for editors:

For more details and photos email Tom Malone on

Photo attached to this media release is of Les Broulliers d’Ecoutes who will be joining from France.

The current list of performers for the festival are:

Muldoon’s Picnic
The Keelers
Monkey’s Fist
Pressgang Mutiny
Les Brouilleurs d’Écoutes
The Exmouth Shanty Men
Silver Darlings
Derek Brooks
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Steve Cowlings duo (C.A.S.K.)
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Gaye Anthony…/Gaye-Anthony-SingerSong-Writer-…/
Jan Bee Brown
Jim Mageean

The Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA), set up in 1966, is a membership organisation whose core aim is to foster and promote Scotland’s unique musical traditions. TMSA branches provide opportunities for universal participation by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops and competitions. The branches sustain the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland generally. The TMSA believes grassroots participation in traditional music and song involving all parts of the traditional community is fundamental to the continued authentic voice of professional performers, to the very cultural identity of Scotland and its relationships with other countries. More details at

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