According to the Internet source given below, 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.
On a personal note, I met the pair at Festival Maritim
in August 2011 and very much admired their musicality. I was particularly struck by the fact that they could not stop performing even when taking a tea break. Their love of their material was plain for all to see!
Photo © courtesy Derek & Julia Batters.