09:45-10:30 Sunlight Stage
Sunday 19 June
If you were with us for the Longest Days of Summer event in 2021, you may remember just how much fun it was when the Longshore Men of Lowestoft and all-female shanty crew, The Silver Darlings collided in an entertaining “shanty-off” on the beach. Full of energy and passion, these shanty singers will provide a highly energetic and enthusiastic set of traditional songs of the sea and we very much look forward to everyone joining in with them again!
About the Silver Darlings
The Silver Darlings is a six-strong all-female shanty crew hailing from the Thames estuary region and based at Southend-on-Sea. They’ve been making quite a name for themselves with their charismatic appearances at various maritime-themed events including the Harwich International Shanty Festival, and they can be seen as part of the growing (and welcome) vanguard of women shanty and sea-song performers.
One of the secrets to their appeal is the fact that these women have approached the maritime singing tradition with an infectious sense of fun while taking care to respect the genre. There is a long tradition of women singing about the sea around these islands and The Silver Darlings are taking that tradition forward in their own way.
About Lowestoft Longshore Men
The Lowestoft Longshore Men are a well-known sea shanty group from the town and describe themselves as a “motley crew”. They originally formed to enjoy each other’s company and make occasional performances at local public houses but the group has now rolled on for more than ten years, welcoming new members along the way. They regularly give up their time to perform and support charities in the local area and beyond with a passion and character which is much enjoyed by audiences, young and old.
Performances on the Sunlight Stage are viewable from the beach, trackway and Jubilee parade. Please note this is public access and not a managed viewing area. Seating is not provided.