Mariners Away were initially brought together in November 200 7 and their first performance was for a Sail Cruising Association meeting at the Kings arms, Devon the following January. This hostelry is situated at the midpoint of the Mariners Way, a long distance coast to coast path that connected the important ports of Bideford and Dartmouth in the 18th and 19th centuries, and, no doubt, the Inn offered hospitality to sailors using the path. It became the home port of Mariners Away.
The Group sing shanties and songs of the sea derived from most sea going traditions. They meet every Thursday at their home port and sing at 'away ports' on some alternate Thursdays and during many weekends through the year. They are privileged to be singing again at Falmouth for the seventh year running.
Since last year's festival they have again been busy on the pub and festival circuit including Brixham Pirate and Exmouth Shanty festivals, Dartmoor Folk festival, Westpoint, Exeter, Int. Blacksmiths festival, Widemouth Bay music festival and both the Lyme Regis and Gloucester Folk festivals. They have again supported fund raising for the RNLI, Hospice Care and Devon Air Ambulance.
The Mariners Away CD is available at performances or via the website.