Sounds of sea and folk music

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It’s time to celebrate all things nautical and join Scarborough’s annual Seafest event to appreciate the proud connections we share with fishing, the sea and maritime heritage.

Join a host of local, national and international musicians set to entertain audiences with their sea and folk music.

Concerts along the West Pier will include performances by Australian folk rocker Rebecca Moore and world music duo Celtarabia and Richard Grainger, along with his steel band.

Audiences can enjoy the traditional sounds of the sea with shanty groups including Monkeys Fist, Men of Staithes and The Endeavour Shantymen.

The event began in 2000 and has since become one of the biggest gatherings of sea balladeers, shantymen, folk musicians and singers in the UK.

Folk musicians Tom and Barbara Brown from Devon and Dick Miles from Ireland will also be hitting the stage.

The festival has something for all the family to enjoy with events including a sea fish cookery marquee, where visiting chefs will demonstrate the art of seafood preparation throughout the weekend, a song for the sea competition, a craft and market stall, face painting and childrens entertainment.

With a Cropton’s real ale bar, music in quayside pubs and a firework display, the festival promises to be a fantastic event.

The event is based around Scarborough’s West Pier and will be held this Friday through to Sunday 17 July.

Tickets to watch the concerts and events can be bought online via or on the day.