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Trim Rig And A Doxy

Derek & Julia Batters met at the start of the millennium. Both brought a love of folk tradition to the relationship and now perform together as a shanty duo. Julia (melodeon) originated from a musical family in London. She used to sleep in her carrycot on top of the family piano! Derek is an accomplished singer from Lancashire. He first found his voice in his teens singing lead parts in school operatic productions before becoming involved with folk music. But don’t let their history put you off, the growing interest in this type of music has produced many new performers, but few of the quality of this pair.

The Albert Dock, Liverpool, Irish tallships  Regatta, 2012


kingston Upon Hull Maritime Festival 2003


The saucy nature of many shanties is enhanced by the interplay between the couple giving a performance that is both warm and humorous as well as musical. For those who love traditional music delivered with strength, clarity and simplicity this couple will never fail to delight.

The couple are equally at home in a variety of venues from the main stage to the more intimate surroundings of a public house. Their enjoyment of the music is infectious and stands them in good stead whether performing in their own right, or hosting singarounds.


‘Julia’s distinctive melodeon style blends with Derek’s mellow voice providing a unique interpretation of many well known favourites’. Saddleworth Folk/Roots Festival 2002

‘Trim Rig’s voice soars and slices through Doxy’s harmonious melodeon playing taking us back to the saucy, salty sea days of hardship and romance. A feast for your eyes and ears’. Bishops Castle Folk Weekend 2003.

On Radio Bremen, In  Bremen - Vegesack, Germany 2011


Lancaster Maritime Festival 2005

Bringing the sea shanty back to Liverpool
with Trim Rig & A Doxy
(From Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys, January 2016)

Two videos from
Moira Furnece Folk Festival 2015


Risor Wooden Boat Festival, Norway 2008

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