Trim Rig and a Doxy are Derek and Julia Batters. Organisers of the Ellesmere Port Sea Shanty Festival and Hosts of the Liverpool Sea Shanty Session ‘Off the Starboard Bow’. Their love of folk music and the traditional songs of the sea has grown into a vibrant and harmonious relationship as a leading shanty duo.
The saucy nature of many shanties is enhanced by Derek’s timing and heart-felt delivery of the lyrics while Julia’s fluid and beautiful melodeon accompaniment results in performances that are warm, humorous and perfectly timed, as well as highly musical.
As traditional working songs of the sea, sea shanties can also be raucous and romantic and Trim Rig and a Doxy, ensure the original meaning comes across in each performance. If you love traditional music delivered with strength, clarity and simplicity, then Trim Rig and a Doxy are sure to delight you and your audiences.
Regulars on the European and UK shanty scenes, Trim Rig and a Doxy have performed at festivals including: Liverpool Maritime Festival, Liverpool, UK; Festival Maritm, Vegesack, Breman, Germany; Festival du chant de Marin, Paimpol, Brittany, France and Zuiderzee Museum, Enkuizen, The Netherlands.
Away from festivals, they are equally happy playing the main stage or the more intimate surroundings of a public house. Their enjoyment of the music is infectious and stands them in good stead whether they are performing in their own right, or hosting singarounds and shanty evenings.