The Keelers

The Keelers were set up in 1986 in time for the Newcastle Tall Ships' Race. The group continued as predominantly a shanty group for several years, doing all the main maritime festivals in England and several in Europe, notably Holland, Friesland, France, Germany, and Poland. During this time the group rose to seven with the joining of Danny McLeod and George Unthank.

Today we are down to a hard core of four, and whilst we still do shanties and sea songs, we have branched out a bit. The last album, North Sea Ground, has a number of north east songs, particularly of the pits, and is greatly helped by Alan's ability to put great tunes to otherwise dead poems.