Sea Folk Sing


Sea Folk Sing is a two year production by Ideas Test and SparkedEcho, exploring North Kent’s maritime and folklore history through singing.


Sea Folk Sing image by Gregg Stobbs,


Between July and August 2019, Sea Folk Sing workshops will run over 9-weeks at The Sunlight Centre in Gillingham and Sheerness East Working Mens Club in Minster, Isle of Sheppey.

For full dates and times see Ideas Test’s What’s On.

These workshops are part of the wider Sea Folk Sing project that wants to improve the wellbeing of people over 55 through singing, storytelling and song.

These fascinating workshops will let people  get the chance to explore local history and diverse heritage and folklore, drawing on stories related to the North Kent coast.

They’ll also develop creative skills in songwriting, poetry, lyrics, singing and storytelling, working with professional musicians.

The workshop sessions are friendly and informal with the emphasis on having fun.

There is no need to have any previous experience of music or researching history.

All equipment and materials used are provided by us.

Book A Place

If you want to come along then please send an email to or call/text us on 07713 865955.


Singers rehearsing for Sea Folk Sing.
Credit: Hope Fitzgerald

Later in 2019 we’ll be looking people to help us put on music performances of the songs being created around this summer’s workshops.

If you’re over 55 and ever wanted to sing in a choir, or think you can help us in another way, get in touch with us now!

Send us an email to or call/text us on 07713 865955.

There are other ways that you can get involved too…

Are you interested in volunteering? We’d love to hear from you! We’ll have chances for you to gain experience of working on a live music production, including stewarding the performances, as well as other roles.

Email to register your interest in volunteering.

Singers standing side by side at Strood station
Photo credit: Kevin Grist from SparkedEcho

Are you a company based in Medway or Swale and are interested in sponsoring the production? Our Sea Folk Sing performances will be ambitious and profile-raising in nature.

You’ll also be making a contribution to older people’s wellbeing in North Kent by sponsoring performances.

We have a number of opportunities that could enhance your social responsibility profile and help you reach new audiences.

To discuss further, contact Lucy Medhurst at



About the Sea Folk Sing project

Sea Folk Sing is an Ideas Test and SparkedEcho production, exploring North Kent’s maritime and folklore history through singing.

The project is funded by Celebrating Age – a fund from Arts Council England & The Baring Foundation.

It is also funded by Kent County Council, Involving Medway and Optivo.


To find out more about what Sea Folk Sing did in 2018 click the image above or this link.



About The Team

For full Sea Folk Sing production team credits from 2019 and 2018, click the image above or this link.


Please get in touch by emailing or calling 07713 865955.

You can also find news and updates on social media by searching #SeaFolkSing