Media release: Chart a course for the Glasgow Shanty Day 2022 – this weekend on the Clyde!

The Longest Johns and audience at Glasgow Shanty Day 2019 rev

AFTER a two-year period in ‘dry dock’, finally the Glasgow Shanty Festival is back LIVE on Saturday 3rd September with a day of music, workshops, sessions and stories.

A great afternoon of free entertainment and evening concert of rip-roaring songs and music of the sea await you – courtesy of great musicians from all across the UK performing just for you aboard the historic Tall Ship, ‘Glenlee’.

Artistes taking part in this year’s online festival include:

The afternoon events are free. Tickets priced at just £10 / £7 (unwaged) are now available for the evening concert at

Full details of this celebration of Scotland’s proud maritime heritage can be found at: or Facebook:

Notes to editors:

For further information and photos please contact: Tom Malone – or tel: 07792 861 144

  1. Sea shanties have been re-popularised during 2020 by the success of Scottish singer, Nathan Evans‘ videos of ‘Leave Her Johnny’ and ‘Wellerman‘ and the movie, ‘Fisherman’s Friend‘ (and its upcoming sequel). Sea shanty festivals have been a staple part of the summer for the lovers of sea shanties and tourists alike in sea ports the length of Britain and the continent but are largely unknown in Scotland. Oban is breaking new ground in this its first International Shanty Festival with potential financial and social benefits for the town and surrounding area.
  2. The Glasgow Shanty Day is organised by the Glasgow Shanty Crew in association with the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA Glasgow branch) with the help of Islay Mist, Big Lottery Fund, Tall Ship Glenlee and the TMSA.
  3. The Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) of Scotland, set up in 1966, is a membership organisation whose core aim is to foster and promote Scotland’s unique musical traditions. The TMSA encourages both widespread popular participation and individual artistic excellence. Its 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 as grassroots participation in traditional music and song involving all parts of the traditional community is fundamental to the continued authentic voice of professional performers and to the very cultural identity of Scotland itself. National work includes running the annual TMSA Young Trad Tour Project bringing together the winner and finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award. It also creates an annual hard copy traditional music Event Calendar supported by website listings. More details at

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