World famous shanty band to headline Festival of the Sea in Lyme Regis

THE band at the forefront of the 2021 sea shanty revival is setting sail for Lyme Regis as they prepare to perform at a brand new free entry festival, organised in partnership with the University of Exeter.

Born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties, the Longest Johns rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes.

In a few short years they have gone from singing sea shanties in a kitchen to international folk festivals, tours and television appearances. They gained a huge online following thanks to their song Wellerman, which went viral on social media.

Taking place at the Marine Theatre on Saturday, September 25, the Festival of the Sea is a day of eclectic events celebrating the ocean.

It will feature performances and family activities alongside talks from world-leading scientists and local people, brought to life in the famous marine community of Lyme Regis.

The event includes activities for all the family, including the Story Boat Project, a miniature maritime museum, and an arts and crafts workshop.

The talks taking place are on accessible topics such as the Galapagos, The Social Life of Fish, Discovering New Lobsters, and How to Protect the Ocean. Most of the speakers are from the University of Exeter’s special department Exeter Marine.

Any local organisation which would like to get involved can email The event is part of Futures2021, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

The event starts at 2pm. Entry is free but booking is required at

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