Biography

Alan Whitbread

My first love is for traditional English song and music. However, my repertoire also includes some great songs from other traditions and more recent compositions. My particular joy is singing shanties and songs of the sea.

I really enjoy travelling and I've certainly got around a bit for my singing, having had shanty singing gigs in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands & USA. I'm also looking forward to another gig in Kiama, Australia later in 2017.

Back at home I've entertained audiences at all the major maritime festivals in the UK, including Ellesmere Port, Falmouth, Gloucester, Harwich, Hull, Liverpool, Scarborough & Whitby.

My other abiding interest is the folk tradition of morris dancing. I've danced and, more recently, I've played for several teams. This has led me to do even more travelling, playing and singing on stage at a number of large international festivals, including in China, Estonia, Inner Mongolia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

So far, I've recorded two CDs. “Soaring Enchanted” is a lyrical mixture of traditional folk and maritime songs, while “White Stocking Day” is a collection of shanties and sea songs."