Dart Music Festival – Fancy a Shanty..?

If you love to listen to good old seafaring songs sung in perfect harmony with wit and humour, then our Music Festival on the banks of the River Dart is the place for you…

We are delighted to welcome back both The Harry Browns from Bristol, and local songsters The Nauti Bouys – they’re both so popular you’ll need to get there early to secure your spot!


This Bristol based shanty group have over 35 years experience, mainly singing songs from our part of the country or associated with Bristol and its maritime past.

The Harry Browns

The Harry Browns

They’ve sung at most of the maritime festivals both in this country and Europe, and are widely regarded as the most experienced shanty group in the Bristol area.

They describe their singing as “Mature and well balanced, like a good beer, with voices able to deliver a paint stripping, gale force shanty, or tender songs about love and loss in soaring harmonies.”

The Harrys sing for the love and enjoyment of singing, to share this with an audience and to keep alive the music and traditions of all who go to sea, or wait on the shore – and we just love them!

Info: http://theharrybrownsofbristol.weebly.com/

The Nauti Buoys

The Nauti Buoys


The Nauti Buoys were formed in 2008 when Alister Harbord, Richard Carr and Bob Bishop got together to help out at a local fund raising event.



The band has gone from strength to strength since then and benefited hugely from the addition of Dave and Pat Killer, doyens of the folk scene and very able musicians.

In 2011 Bob left us using the old excuse that he ‘wanted to go travelling’. No sooner had his sails faded into the sunset and the rest of us wiped a tear from our eye than up jumped young Mike Dyer (young? Who am I kidding……) who added yet another dimension to the band and it’s evolution.

In February of 2014 Pat and Dave Killer took a break from the band, and in 2015 The Nautis were joined by Steve George – accomplished historic wreck diver and artist – on guitar and percussion. They’re also occasionally joined by Michel Lemoigne, an amazing percussionist from Brittany who has travelled the world following the weird and the wonderful in music – oh, he’s also a pretty accomplished traditional shipwright – and by professional violinist Theresa Hinks, whose playing lends qualities at times foot tapping and haunting to our songs.

They say: “Our music is the songs and tunes of the sea. As a band we live near it, we use it for our living and leisure and have our family history entwined with it. However we try not to take ourselves too seriously and try to add a little humour and pizazz to our act.

We have developed a small but loyal following who seem to like following us from gig to gig if only out of a sense of morbid curiosity…”

Info: http://www.nautibuoys.co.uk/


All I can add to that is – we love ‘The Nautis’ just as much as we love ‘The Harrys’…!

Enjoy them at Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms and Dartmouth Yacht Club – full info in the DMF Programme now on sale.


13th, 14th & 15th May 2016