12:00 – Nelson’s Shantymen
Based in the Burnhams, birth place of England’s greatest seaman, Lord Horatio Nelson, Nelson’s Shantymen are a diverse group of enthusiasts, driven in equal measure by a love of singing and a desire to keep the tradition of the authentic sea-shanty alive. True to the original spirit of the shanty, a major emphasis is placed on the voice and while instrumental accompaniment, in the form of accordion, banjo, bodhran, guitar and harmonica, is an integral part of performance, this is always secondary to the natural sound of men singing to ease the burden of their work at sea.
Since their formation in March 2010, Nelson’s Shantymen have performed to acclaim in a wide range of venues throughout Norfolk, appearing at a number of festivals including the prestigious international Harwich Sea Shanty Festival of 2013. The group sang at the launch of the new Hunstanton lifeboat ‘Spirit of West Norfolk’ in 2011, performed on the main deck of SS Gotheborg as part of the Mayor’s Reception to close 2015’s Maritime Festival in Great Yarmouth and have secured a regular New Year’s Eve slot at Sculthorpe Mill.
Nelson’s Shantymen is a non-profit-making group which aims to raise money for charitable causes. To date they have raised over £17,400 for a range of charities including the RNLI, Help for Heroes, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Wells Community Hospital, Tapping House, Campaign Care 94, Nelson’s Journey, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, The Bridge for Heroes, Hillside Animal Sanctuary and Kings Lynn Hospital’s League of Friends.
In addition to their large store of traditional shanties, the group’s repertoire includes a number of songs which celebrate the achievements of Lord Nelson, together with a range of lyrics recording the hardships of the fisherman’s way of life.
In 2012, the group released their first CD, ‘Singing for Victory’, and their second CD followed in 2014. Their third CD England Expects is now on sale.
13:00 – The Fried Pirates
The Fried Pirates as a trio came together to play a piece written by Adrian Tebbutt and Gareth Calway about the legend of the Binham Fiddler, which was performed at the inauguration of the archaeological site at Fiddler’s Hill in July 2012 (see here).
Since then, this west Norfolk based band has developed into a collective from which lots of permutations are possible – duos, trios, quartets, quintets and a sextet.
They have an extensive set list which includes traditional and modern folk music, Americana and some modern tunes all with the Pirates’ distinctive up-tempo treatments. They have recently released their first album ‘Sailors, Strumpets and Scallywags’.
14:30 – 16:00 – DixieMix
DixieMix was formed in 2006 celebrated their 10th anniversary in November 2016.
DixieMix Jazz Band, led by the youthful (and remarkably handsome) cornetist Simon Nelson has rapidly established itself as one of the UK’s most engaging and hard working jazz ensembles.
The band brings together the best jazz musicians in East Anglia. Our talent, knowledge and enthusiasm for traditional jazz combines with ease to provide outstanding entertainment for all occasions. With the emphasis always on first class music mixed with great humour, this band never fails to provide a top quality performance.
The professional six piece band excel with slick arrangements of many jazz favourites, all with the DixieMix twist. Our fresh and enthusiastic approach has helped the band gain national recognition, leading to a tour with Rod Stewart, TV appearances and multiple festival and theatre gigs.
As well as playing for established jazz audiences, we are equally at home letting rip with an entertaining show creating a feel-good factor designed to please everyone. Which makes DixieMix the ideal choice for corporate events, weddings, garden parties, festivals, launches, dances and celebrations of every kind.