The Ballina Whalers

Listen to popular shanty band, The Ballina Whalers, on your lunch break from 12.30-2pm in Finsbury Avenue Square.

Part of our City of London Festival line up, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes, are three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea.

Fast becoming one of the most sort after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, the last few years have been extremely busy for the boys, seeing them playing folk clubs, harbour sides, beaches, boat sheds and festivals up and down the country.

'Definitely love at first hearing for me' Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
'Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Broadgate’s City of London Festival programme

All our City of London Festival events take place in Finsbury Avenue Square and are free to attend. Drop by and grab a bite to eat from our week-long market too with Street Kitchen, K10, Rocket and Artisan Cakes. Entertainment and great food – the perfect lunch break!

Monday 23 June: The Ballina Whalers 12.30-2pm
Tuesday 24 June: Trolleys 12pm and 1.30pm
Wednesday 25 June: Musical Meeting Place 12.30pm AND Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer 1pm
Thursday 26 June: Rodafonio 1pm and 5.45pm
Friday 27 June: Haywood Hix 1pm and 5.45pm

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