The Rogue Shanty Buoys are an energetic folk group based (and home-brewed) in rural Suffolk with an unmistakably bold and original sound and an emphasis on strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements.
They take their cue from the likes of The Fisherman’s Friends and The Sheringham Shantymen, giving performances which are an authentic mix of traditional 19th century pub singaround and medicine show huckster with a fresh and dynamic approach to folk music that has seen them described as “A slightly salty Mumford & Sons”.
With a hugely diverse repertoire, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day, they are as at home singing rousing traditional sea shanties, whaling arias, smuggling and wrecking refrains, murder ballads and tunes of ne’er-do-wells, step dances, come all ye’s as well as their own songs addressing 21st-Century social issues such as coastal erosion, human migration and plastic pollution within the sea. They also cover contemporary songs and ’90s classics by the likes of The Spice Girls, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and others performed with their own unique “shanty” twist.
The group also perform theatre shows and folk operas retelling ancient stories and accounts of bravery and valour displayed by sailors and RNLI members from East Anglian coastal communities over the last several centuries.
Fast making a name for themselves following their formation in Summer 2017, the group have appeared at The Shrewsbury Folk Festival, The Harwich International Shanty Festival, Ipswich Maritime Festival and the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival among many other maritime weekends, festivals, folk clubs, rallies, weddings, corporate events and performances overseas. The group have garnered praise from the likes of Paul Gambaccini and Michael Buerk who said “I really don’t want to leave now. Just sit here listening to you guys!” and have performed for the likes of Olly Murs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeremy Vine and The Queen among others.