Cider and Song Spotlight: The Quay Street Whalers

The Museum will be launching an exciting new event in October, the Cider and Song Festival. As we count down till the start of the event we’ll have blogs featuring a spotlight on some of the acts we’ll have featured. This week our blog features The Quay Street Whalers who will be performing on Saturday 20th October.

The Quay Street Whalers

The Quay Street Whalers have evolved over many years from its inception in the late 1990s , in the bar of the Orford Jolly Sailor, to the present day. We have gathered various members along the way from both Suffolk and Norfolk, each contributing their own repertoire of mainly traditional songs from both land, sea and music hall, performing in pubs, village halls and musical events mainly in East Suffolk. Whilst maintaining some of the traditions of pub singing popular in many East Anglian villages before its virtual demise in the 1970s, the Quay Street Whalers also emphasise the chorus song,  encouraging audience participation which we hope will culminate in an enjoyable and rousing session.

Accompaniment is provided by Dave Taylor on guitar with some melodeon work by Paul Allen and Barry Askew. Vocals are also supplied by Roger Middleditch, Martin Crix, Charlie Thacker, Mark Smy and Alvar Smith