On the crest of a music wave

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Sea shanties, sing-arounds, maritime themed concerts and workshops are all part of Whitby Sea Festival this weekend.

The festival, now in its second year, celebrates Whitby and the Yorkshire coast’s proud connections to fishing, the sea and maritime heritage.

Based in The Met, West Cliff it runs from today until Sunday July 14.

There will also be events at Whitby Museum. These include folk singer Derek Gifford presenting A Brief History of Shanties and Folk Songs Of The Sea.

Yorkshire poet Jim Saville will present the works of Cicely Fox Smith and the Rise of Maritime Poetry over two millenia.

A full concert programme will take place throughout the weekend at The Met with folk and shanty singers including Richard Grainger, Steve Turner, Tom and Barbara Brown and festival favourites Monkeys Fist.

Also on the bill are Beggars Bridge, Direction Corsaires, Aroha2Aloha Dance Group, Chris Ricketts, Devils Water, The Ramshackle Shantymen and Boathook Bald.

Concerts, sing-alongs, family fun and a pirate party are promised from organisers Richard and Jeanette Grainger.

Since its beginnings in 1993 as The Captain Cook Festival and then for 12 years at Seafest in Scarborough, the event has staged some of the biggest gatherings of sea balladeers, shantymen, folk musicians and singers in the UK.