— Welcome to "Swinging The Lead" —

Kent based Shanty & Maritime Folk band

— What we do —

‘Swinging the Lead’ have over ten years’ experience of singing Shanties and Maritime Folk songs and sing an entertaining mix of traditional and contemporary songs, including those written by members of the band.


We are regulars on the Shanty Festivals scene and perform at folk clubs and theatres around the UK, singing acapella and with a variety of musical instruments including mandolin, guitar, fiddle, percussion and harmonica.

— Meet the Band —

From left to right:

Joe, Andy, Pete, Colin, Dave & David.

Joe: Guitar & Vocals

Andy: Percussion & Vocals

Pete: Percussion, Mandolin & Vocals

Colin: Vocals

Dave: Guitar & Vocals

David: Fiddle & Vocals

— The Cutty Sark —

Swinging The Lead are the resident shanty singers on the world famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London.


We make regular appearances bringing the ship ‘alive’ by singing working sea shanties.

— Call Us —

Swinging The Lead are available for hire, most gigs considered, festivals and private events, subject to general terms and conditions and availability.


Swinging The Lead

Bookings & General Info: Pete Brooker

Tel: 07767 365 640



— Email Us —

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— Only Here For The Pier —


This newly released third album has been extremely well received with some wonderful reviews.


Using a top quality recording studio and sound engineer, the boys wanted to produce something of real quality.

Well they most certainly have achieved that objective!

This album is a must have for all those interested in maritime folk music.

— Danger —

This is the second album that has been recorded.

— Swinging The Lead —

This is the original and first album that has been recorded.