A new musical show based on the life of shanty John Short aka Yankee Jack of Watchet

John was a shanty singer in the great days of the sailing ships and his songs are among the earliest sea shanties. Written by Phil Underwood and based on sound research, the cast is Keith Kendrick, Sylvia Needham, Moose Rosser (Sound Tradition), Denise Dryburgh and Phil Underwood (DryWood). A preview will be performed at Tenterden Folk Festival, October 2023 and the full show toured in 2024.

Keith and Sylvia sing mainly English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs and work extensively all over the globe. 

Phil and Denise are DryWood – a folk duo from Stony Stratford performing both lively and soulful original and traditional songs.

Moose Rosser is a fine harmony singer and a member of the acapella folk group Sound Tradition.

Shantyman is a thoroughly musical and entertaining show telling John’s life through narrative, stories, sea shanties, puppetry and poetry. There will be a preview at Tenterden Folk Festival October 2023, followed by touring in 2024.

Contact Keith and Sylvia on derbyram50<<@>> 07887613227 or Phil and Denise on phil.underwood52<<@>> 07546 974009

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