in August 2010 The Maritime Crew revisit North Germany for a short tour of Schleswig Holstein, starting with a visit to the 2nd International Niebüll Shanty Festival, to celebrate 25 years of the Niebüller Shanty-Chor e.V.
The Maritime Crew tour Otago & Southland as part of the launch of the combined Book & CD 'Catlins Bound'. See our News Page for more information about the tour and visit the Catlins Bound website for more about the book.
For one summer weekend this port on the Weser becomes the centre of the maritime world.
We met this group in Niebull 2 years ago and this weekend we will be visiting their home in Folsgear in the Netherlands where they have organised some gigs for us.
Then we go to another Dutch town - Giethoorn - to visit shanty group ‘de Flagellanten’ who have organised a gig in their local pub on Wednesday 15th. This group is singing 2 of Rudy's songs - “Spray of the Ocean” and “The Orpheus”.
On Thursday 16th August we go to the island of Vlieland where local group Driftwood has got some gigs lined up.
Then on Wednesday 22nd August we fly to Basel in Switzerland on our way to Romanshorn. This festival is held on the shores of Lake Constance and organised by a Swiss shanty group the Singing Sailors Crew Romanshorn. We met this group in Niebull in 2005 and they were impressed with us and our music and want us to attend their festival. (In fact, one of their members has used the tune of my song "Hurrah for our Captain" to write a song extolling the virtues of Swiss sailors. Yes, yes, they are a landlocked nation but they still hold America's Cup! - Rudy).
The Maritime Crew were received with enthusiasm when they went in August 2005 for a short tour in Germany. This photo was taken in Niebuell where they performed a concert, took part in a street parade and played in two town squares.
The group led the street parade of Shanty Choirs.