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Shanties at Samson

Join The Lost Quays for an afternoon of music and history at historic Samson House. Explore this fascinating National Trust-managed home, with strong sea connections, then join the Quays in the garden for a concert of sea shanties and sea songs from Western Australia and beyond. Welcome on board!

We start at 3 pm with an opportunity to visit historic Samson House, built in 1888. The Samson family had a strong Fremantle connection, with members serving as Mayor, and hosting Naval officers from visiting ships. Sir Frederick Samson considered Fremantle the best place in the world, with “Perth its mere adjunct”.
Then join The Lost Quays in the garden (chairs provided) from 4 to 6 pm at the WA launch of our new CD, Tall Tales, Tall Ships. We’re Fremantle-based, performing sea songs and shanties with energy and humour, and relish a good audience connection! You’ll hear standards of the shanty world, plus originals about the days of sail. Known for our strong harmonies, we sing both a cappella and with accompaniment, and enjoy telling the tales behind our songs.
We toured the UK and Europe in 2018, and performed at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart in 2019 and 2023. Regulars at festivals in WA, in 2024 we’ll be at Canberra’s National Folk Festival and Fairbridge.

Event dates

Event Details

61 Ellen Street, Fremantle, Western Australia

Free parking is available along Ord St, adjacent to Fremantle Park. Additional Parking options include:
• Ellen Street Car Park (fees apply) 107 spaces available - 55 Ellen Street; 3 minute walk
• Leisure Centre Car Park (fees apply) 80 spaces available - 10 Shuffrey Street; 8 minute walk
• Parry Street Car Park (fees apply) 96 spaces available - 30 Parry St; 10 minute walk

Entry to Samson House grounds is via the Ord Street gate.


Gate open 3pm
Samson House open 3 - 5pm
Lost Quays concert 4 - 6 pm including interval

Entry fees:
Adults $ 30, Children $ 25, Concession $ 25, Members $ 25
Prebooking requiredhttps://events.humanitix.com/shanties-at-samson
Attendance limit:
50 - 100
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
No parking immediaetly adjacent to Samson House. However, parking available along Ord Street, and on Ellen Street.