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The Longest Johns

Saturday 24th September 2022

Gavin Atkin

At Folkestone Quarterhouse

Doors 7:00 pm

Price £15 Full price + booking fee /£10 All Concessions/£5*U21/ £19 on the door.

SALT festival welcomes The Longest Johns as part of the celebration of the landscape, environment and sea, the trailblazing band at the forefront of the recent transatlantic resurgence of sea shanties–being the instigators of the TikTok phenomenon and chart hit, Wellerman. Their live performances feature the legendary folk songs that fuel the band’s passion for the genre, alongside thrilling original offerings, a treasure  chest, each song a  jewel collected along the way. Representing and paying homage to protest singers and folk luminaries through the years, The Longest Johns shine new light through old windows with songs that hold a torch up to the truth.

They have shaken up the music world by utilising their entrepreneurial skills, sharing these traditional songs in a completely new way –via gaming and social media platforms –and cementing their position as protest singers of the 21st century. The world is, quite literally, their oyster


Gavin Atkin is a capable and experienced folk scene veteran who loves traditional songs and tunes. He plays and sings on his own, with his singer and pianist wife Julie Atkin, and with well-known local ceilidh bands Florida and The Tonic. He’s well-known for playing the unusual rarely-heard Jeffries duet, but in band and solo settings he also plays English fiddle, melodeon and guitar. Folk fans in Kent will know him for appearances and workshops at Broadstairs Folk Week and Tenterden Folk Festival, and also for leading workshops on playing English country dance music and running local events.