The first Oban International Shanty Festival was launched online last year on 6th June 2020.
Despite not being able to play live, some of the best Sea Shanty bands in the business interspersed with Open Mic slots performed either singly or in their groups online to over three hundred people.
The hope was that lockdown restrictions would be opened enough to have a live Oban International Shanty Festival in 2021, but alas this is again impossible.
So we hope that this year we can repeat last year's lively and much enjoyed online festival with new bands and favourites from last year, sea-shanty storytelling and workshops.
Where there is a will to sing shanties, there is a way to do it and we hope that this second online event will lead successfully to a live Oban International Shanty Festival in 2022.