Kings of the South Seas


In the last three years, HMS Erebus and Terror, Franklin’s two ships from his ill-fated 1845 voyage to find the North West Passage were discovered at the bottom of the icy seas off Northern Canada. This brought the fateful events back into focus after they’d filled the international headlines in the second half of the 19th Century when all 129 of the crew disappeared without trace in the Arctic wastes. With their recent ‘Franklin’ album, Kings of The South Seas brings to life the traditional and written music left by these events and their cultural fallout; from Canadian Voyageur paddling songs to English folk ballads and songs composed on board ice-bound wintering ships to Victorian parlour pieces. Kings of The South Seas are….Ben Nicholls – vocal, concertina, organ, banjo (The Full English, Seth Lakeman Band, Nadine Shah Band), Richard Warren – guitar (Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan Soulsavers), Evan Jenkins – drums (Neil Cowley Trio).

Where to find them

Strand Wharf: Sun 30, Start: 17.00 – Finish: 17.40

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