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

John Short aka Yankee Jack 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 (Muckram Wakes), Sylvia Needham, Dick Stephens (Cantoris), Denise Dryburgh (The Morning After) and Phil Underwood (DryWood). A preview was performed at Tenterden Folk Festival, October 2023 and the full show is touring 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.

Dick Stephens is a fine harmony singer and a past member of the acapella folk group Cantoris.

Shantyman is a thoroughly musical and entertaining show telling John’s life through narrative, dialogue, stories, sea shanties and poetry. 2024 bookings so far are at Chippenham Folk Festival and Stony Live.

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

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