Rosses Point Shanty Festival Docks up with International Line-up

07 March 2014

IRELAND’S premier shanty festival docks up again in Rosses Point in June. The Rosses Point Shanty Festival — acknowledged as the number one event for sea shanties — is being hosted by the Sligo seaside village from June 13 to June 15.

The festival attracts performers from throughout Europe. This year the confirmed line-up includes groups from Scotland, England, Germany, Finland and the Shetland Islands. The organisers are also in talks with groups from other European destinations.

Running alongside the festival are a number of shanty workshops. There’s a chance to find out more about the origin of sea shanties, learn how to sing a song or two and maybe even find out how to rig a tall ship! This is the sixth year of the shanty weekend.

Music is performed in venues throughout the village. Most of the entertainment is free but two events have an entry fee with the proceeds going towards the work of the RNLI: The opening concert on Friday night, June 13 — Songs for the Lifeboat in the Church of Ireland, Rosses Point — and the gala concert the following night in Sligo Yacht Club. Again, all proceeds go to the lifeboat funds.

Festival chairman Willie Murphy said: “Come along. We promise you great craic, great music and a great weekend to remember. And as well as having fun, you’ll be supporting the work of the Lifeboats. Log on to for more information.

Contacts: Willie Murphy on 087 2319399 or Brian Feeney on 086 8114906.