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Falmouth's Virtual Sea Shanty 2020 - Friday 12th June, 6pm - 9pm

VIRTUAL Falmouth Sea Shanty Event Friday 12th June 2020!

With over 20 group performances confirmed, a special appearance from Betty Stogs and a jampacked evening of shanty entertainment, make sure you head to the shanty Facebook to get involved! Money from the festival will go to the RNLI. 

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festivals raises thousands of pounds each year for the RNLI. Your donation will help the RNLI to continue to save lives around our coast as it has done for nearly 200 years ensuring even in these difficult and testing times that we do all we can to save every one.

Donate to the festival here.





In light of this year’s Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival cancellation it seemed only right to create a CD of music "Through the Years"! And in true Sea Shanty charitable spirits ALL PROCEEDS will be going to the Royal Cornwall Hospital COVID-19 Fund.

Presenting 48 tracks from many wonderful groups and singers who have performed at the Festival over the past years. Classic favourites including Falmouth Shout, Fisherman’s Friends and Rum & Shrub, alongside newcomers such as Longest Johns and Femmes de la Mer plus 43 other Shanty Crews and individual Shanty Stars!

Huge thanks to all the fantastic artists who continue to support Falmouth International Shanty Festival and to our great friends at the Chantey Cabin who have kindly produced this special edition CD.

 Now, Sit back,stand up,sing…… and purchase here (available as a CD, USB or for download)


Falmouth's International Sea Shanty Festival 2020 has been cancelled


A unanimous decision has been made by the organisers of Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival to announce that this year’s event, due to take place from the 12th – 14th June has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.


A good deal of time, energy and planning has gone into this years’ event and the shanty committee cannot give enough thanks to the venues, groups, sponsors, suppliers and shanty fans for their participation in the organising up to this point.


Performances were planned for over 70 groups across 25 venues. All groups and venues will be pencilled in for next year’s festival as plans for 2021 get underway for the 11th – 13th June. 


The dates for the 2021 Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival are 11th - 13th June.

LATEST NEWS! The Greenbank Hotel are to be a key sponsor of the festival moving forward! Read More Here!


Welcome to one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere!

Over 65 groups from all over the UK as well as from Brittany, Holland, Spain, Canada and Ireland perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties at over 20 very different venues throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!

Falmouth has a proud and very long history as a first safe port of call for deepwater sailing ships with their weary crews often having been at sea for many months. It was here that they filled our waterside alehouses with their songs and yarns and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. Many of the pubs and clubs that refreshed those Cape Horners and Clippermen remain. If you listen very carefully as you walk along our seventeenth-century quays you can still hear them singing!

We sincerely hope you can enjoy as much of our festival as possible. We are confident that you will have a memorable weekend.

We look forward to seeing you!