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Acapella Moonshine

Acapella Moonshine

We are a diverse group of women living in and around Falmouth and working in various trades and caring professions throughout South and West Cornwall

What brings us together is our love of singing, sailing and the odd tipple or two!

Our origins range from Barbados to South Africa, Italy to Wales and, of course, Cornwall – so we are a pretty eclectic bunch, joined on occasion by friends from America, Sussex and the North of England!

Some of us have been singing together for several years - a varied repertoire which encompasses world music, folk, blues, gospel and, of course, Shanties and songs of the sea.

Most of us having sung at the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival for the past three years – this year we come as a different line-up and a new name “Acapella  Moonshine“ -  a name to represent the highly motivated,, enthusiastically happy rebel existing inside each of us.

Aggie Boys Choir

Aggie Boys Choir

The Aggie Boys Choir formed beneath a low beamed ceiling in Goonbell in 2012. Originally describe themselves as a rag tag bunch of upstarts from all across Cornwall.

Rag tag can be roughly translated in Cornish as in need of choking, the irony of this does not escape the Aggie Boys who generally tend to offend and entertain their audiences in equal measure at home and across seas.

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Alan Whitbread

Alan Whitbread

Stalwart of the festival, Alan Whitbread has an extensive and varied repertoire of traditional shanties & sea songs. He also accompanies some of his sea songs with his lovely 100yrs old Louis Lachenal Edeophone English concertina. He has performed at Maritime festivals all over the UK and abroad as far away as Boston USA, Canberra Australia & Christchurch NZ. His wide maritime knowledge makes his performances interesting & entertaining.

 

http://www.alanwhitbread.co.uk/

Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh

'Anchors Aweigh' is a loose formation of old friends and acquaintances from the Mortehoe and Woolacombe area of North Devon.

The group drifted together on a tide of expectation in the hope of finding enjoyment with our love of singing shanties, songs of the sea and traditional folksongs.

We set sail on this journey in 2010 as a way of escaping our domestic duties and to find solace in singing, usually helped along by a pint at a local hostelry! 

This is our first visit to Falmouth and, knowing the quality of the bands that attend this festival, we hope that we 'pass muster'.

We regularly raise funds for 'local' charities (Devon Air Ambulance, RNLI, North Devon Hospital Chemotherapy Unit) and up to the start of 2018 we have contributed over £12,000 to these worthy causes. It will be a pleasure to support the RNLI throughout this great festival weekend.

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Back Beach Boyz

Back Beach Boyz

“Drinkers with a singing problem.”

Teignmouth's Back Beach Boyz shanty crew were formed 1st February 2013, named after our famous “Back Beach” where everyone meets to watch the sunsets and socialise. The Hawaiian shirts inspired by the 60's group the Beach Boys.

Practise nights have moved to Tuesdays in the Devon Arms, by kind permission of Ian and Jackie, when anyone can pop in for a drink and listen to a shanty or few.

We believe in having fun whilst we are singing and this is helping us raise money for charities, by performing at charity events for free, but requesting a donation to designated charities (e.g. RNLI, DAAT, and Coastwatch) at beer festivals and pub nights. Also our 1st album released last year “Good Libations” raised £1000 for Macmillan.

Two local charities run by members in our crew also benefitted from our fund raising,

Ride On- Cycling For All www.rideoncycling.org and

Support4co Support for Children's Oncology www.support4co.co.uk

We had a fantastic time at Falmouth Sea Shanty Festivals since our first appearance in 2014, are delighted to have been invited back this year, and wish everyone a “Shantastic” time.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBackBeachBoyz

Twitter: @backbeachboyz

BackBeachBoyz@hotmail.com

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https://www.backbeachboyz.co.uk

Baldrick's Plan

Baldrick's Plan

Peter Wray, George Chippendale and Steve Lavington are Baldrick's Plan, a trio who sing strong harmonies. Most material is a capella, but they also use guitar, mandola, fiddle and cittern for a few songs that they feel need accompaniment.

Based in Newlyn/Penzance, they sing a range of interesting ‘songs of the sea’ along with the odd shanty or two. Over the last few years they have been asked to sing at clubs and festivals all over Cornwall – and further afield, including Teignmouth, Chippenham and Saltburn Folk Festivals and a tour of folk clubs in the North East. Further forays outside Cornwall are being planned. This is their fifth appearance at Falmouth.

Their combination of stunning harmonies, exciting arrangements and relaxed good humour makes them a delight for audiences wherever they perform. Put them on your ‘to see’ list for Saturday.

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Bamaluz bootleggers

Bamaluz bootleggers

Bamaluz Bootleggers is an enthusiastic mixed voice group from St Ives, formed in 2015 to resurrect the pub singing scene in their town. Although named after the smallest of the town’s beaches, their sound is big and they bring an energetic and fresh approach to Sea Shanties and Cornish songs.

As well as performing regularly in their home town, including at the St Ives September Festival, they love supporting Cornwall’s Shanty community, singing at local Shouts and charity events. In November 2017 they held a very successful 2nd St Ives Annual Shout, welcoming over twenty shanty groups from near and far for a great weekend of singing (and beer!). They’re excited to be invited to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival again this year.

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https://www.facebook.com/BamaluzBootleggers/

Barnacle Buoys

Barnacle Buoys

Another year, another Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival.  All is well with the world for us old salty dogs and incurable shanty romantics. 

Much has happened since last year.  Our programme for this year is again stronger than last year, which is re-assuring but at the same time a little worrying.  Like so many of our fellow shantymen, we are not in the bloom of our youth although we sometimes feel that we are.  At our age, remembering to turn up is always a bonus; forgetting the songs is more of a routine!

And we have produced a new CD, “Clevedon Bay”.  It is brilliant.  So you must buy a copy.  And, as it’s our second CD, you will have a choice of Buoys music to take home with you this year.  Although the only real choice is to take both.
 

We all are looking forward to getting our hands on Betty Stogs again - whether that’s by the pint pot or double D cup, we’re not fussy!

This will be our 5th year at Falmouth which will again be the highlight of our year.  We will be bringing more new material with us alongside some traditional Cornish and, yes, Somerset material to perform. 

Looking forward to that wonderful Falmouth welcome and another great weekend!

Facebook: Barnacle Buoys

http://www.barnaclebuoys.co.uk/

Bosun's Call

Bosun's Call

Bosun’s Call are Ken Stephens and Sophie Wright. Their repertoire is made up of songs, tunes, shanties and self-penned material accompanied on melodeon, concertina and guitar. Each has a wealth of experience as solo artists and in groups; as Bosun’s Call recent bookings have included HMS Warrior, RNLI and as festival guests in Holland.

Bryher’s Boys

Bryher’s Boys

Bryher’s Boys formed in 2017, having known each other for many years through singing together in local choirs. Since then they have sung on St Piran’s Day in Perranporth, Porthleven RNLI Day, Main stage at Newlyn Fish Festival, Oxjam in Hayle and various private functions.  

During the summer season they had a regular slot entertaining holiday makers at Kenegie Manor near Penzance.  Not only do they thoroughly enjoy themselves whilst singing but they have also raised money for local and national charities. 

Performing at last year's International Sea Shanty Festival was one of their biggest achievements to date.  They have bundles of zest and their enthusiasm and energy will have everyone clapping, stamping and singing along.

Being local boys they sing a selection of traditional Cornish Songs and a repertoire of Sea Shanties which are linked by an intriguing story.  They don’t just sing, they tell a tale. So come along and listen to the Ballad of the boy Jacq.

Sponsored by National Maritime Museum

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Cadgwith Singers

Cadgwith Singers

The Cadgwith Singers started many years ago in the Pub at Cadgwith with Buller and Hartley. The singing has changed over the years and many of the original singers are now gone, sadly missed, and their voices too. Their parts have been passed on to others who keep the traditional songs going. The songs are also changing a little. What has not changed is the Friday night gathering to sing -well-anything and everything really but always in the same unrehearsed and unique style. Long may this tradition continue.

These days the Cadgwith Singers are to be found singing in clubs, pubs, theatres and rugby matches all over Cornwall, wherever there is a convivial atmosphere and an audience that enjoys the unique, full blooded style of singing that never fails to please. Further afield there have been tours to various S.W. Counties, London, Ireland, France, and the Czech Republic.
All this from a group of people who just get together for the pure enjoyment of singing, and as their leader David Muirhead has said “You must remember we’re not a choir, we’re just a group of friends who just get together to sing the songs we love to sing”

Cape Cornwall Singers

Cape Cornwall Singers

Cape Cornwall singers were formed early in 1997 in an attempt to resurrect the singing tradition in the local pubs around St Just. A very familiar sound at weekends and especially during St Just Feast, singing in the town had declined in recent years due mainly to the closure of our local tin mines.

The first of many public appearances came in April 1997, followed by a guest appearance at the Tall Ships concert at Falmouth Castle in July and the Cornish Gorsedd in September of 1998. Brief television appearances, the release of our first CD/cassette tape “Our Beautiful Land” followed by our 2nd CD “Men of Cornwall” in 2000 and the local radio exposure have kept Cape Singers in the public eye. Much of our success is due to the efforts of singer songwriter Harry Glasson who continues to write many of our most popular songs about Cornwall, our People and our traditions.

The Singers have been on many “tours”, the first being the Isles of Scilly in April 1998. In October 1999, we sailed from Swansea to Cork and on to Listowel for 3 days, then on to Kenmare. On our return to Cornwall we had a request to sing at the Kernewek Lowender (world’s largest Cornish) festival in South Australia, so in May 2001 26 singers with their wives and friends set off for Australia.

We followed up our 1999 Irish trip with a long weekend in Dublin in the autumn of 2002. 2003 saw the release of our third CD “Along the Shore” featuring, once again, a stunning title track by Harry Glasson. In the autumn of that year we travelled to Brittany to sample some French culture. 2004 saw a successful trip to Maesteg in South Wales in October.

In 2014 we were invited to Allihies in the southwest of Ireland where we represented Cornwall and Cornish mining at an Ireland-wide tourism initiative called 'The Gathering'.

Cape Cornwall Singers

Captain Cat and the Sailor

Captain Cat and the Sailor

Formed as a one-off for a talent contest in late 2008, Captain Cat and the Sailors are a shanty loving folk band that just keep on going.  Based in South Wales, they draw on a range of musical traditions including shanties, working songs, Welsh, Irish and American music to create immersive and engaging musical experiences with their audiences.  If you like stories, singing along and sinking beers then they are the band for you.

Twitter: @capcatsailors 

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/captaincatandthesailors/ 

Some of their music is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Captain Cat and the Sailor website

Culdrose Military Wives Choir

Culdrose Military Wives Choir

The Culdrose Military Wives Choir, attached to RNAS Culdrose in Helston, is one of the longest standing in the international network that now comprises 75 choirs, in the UK and at bases abroad.

Inspired by Gareth Malone’s success on TV series ‘The Choir’ at military bases in Devon, the Culdrose choir was formed in May 2012 and continues to go from strength to strength. Its membership of over 50 ladies has performed on Cornwall’s most eminent stages and many of the county's major events.

The Sing, Share, Support ethos of the choir is at the core of all they do, bringing together groups of women that help one another through the bad times, celebrate the good times and sing their way through it together. 

Summer 2018 will see the release of a new Military Wives Choirs Album. A collaboration of all choirs across the network, including Culdrose, to commemorate the end of WW1.

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http://www.culdrosemilitarywiveschoir.uk/

Du Hag Owr

Du Hag Owr

DU HAG OWR

Cornish: Black and Gold

The Roseland Shantymen

Formed over 10 years ago, Du Hag Owr has performed across the country from Land's End to London. Venues ranging from the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno to Oxford Street, the Thames and beyond, but we like it when we're close to home, especially when we can use our Passports and travel over the water to Falmouth!

The original Seasalt Shantymen, we include shanties from the traditional to the new and throw in some of our own compositions when we can.

We sing for our supper at all sorts of events throughout the County and raise funds for the Children's Hospice at Little Harbour in St Austell.

Let's look forward to another sunny weekend in Falmouth, have a great time and join us in a shanty when you can!!

Dutch Uncle

Dutch Uncle

Hans Weehuizen has performed seven times  at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.

Twice with his group Dutch Courage and four times as  'Dutch Uncle' ones with his group 'Enkhuizen 4'. He has also performed last three years at the Festival with Ken Stephens, from Bosun’s Call.

Hans started performing sea songs and shanties 25 years ago in a large shanty choir called

The Compagnie Zangers.

He formed the group Dutch Courage 10 years later.

The Dutch and English songs Hans performs are varied and accompanied with his one row squeeze box, concertina or with his Bones.

For the fifth time Hans is also the master of ceremony during the shanty concert in the Paviljon.

The Bones are a traditional percussion instrument found aboard sailing ships, originally animal bones, but this days made from wood.

The workshop takes one hour and is big fun.

You can learn to play the bones at the workshops run by Hans on:

  • Saturday 23th  at the Watersports Center.
  • Sunday   24th  at the Watersports Center

         Times to be confirmed - see programme

To find out more about the workshop Bones see: www.howtoplaythebones.com     
 
Contact:hweehuizen@freeler.nl (link sends e-mail)

http://www.dutchcourageseasongs.nl/

Exmouth Shanty Men

Exmouth Shanty Men

Devon’s “original buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the rich maritime heritage of their home port.They have since ventured further afield, bedecked in the garb of early C19th merchantmen to put borrowed songs back on to a tall ship’s deck or a dockside tavern. Their repertoire splices together shanties sung with gusto and forebitters , delivered with pathos.

The Exmouth buoys are increasingly in demand at home and abroad and have played the main stage at such folk music festivals as Sidmouth, Warwick, Banbury and Wadebridge, as well as many a village hall.

The Exmouth Shanty Men played at the 2011 Tall Ships in Ireland and the 2012 Olympics at Weymouth. They have visited France, Belgium, Holland and Poland, where they were recently awarded the Stan Hugill Trophy for the “most authentic shanties”. They have appeared on national television and radio both here and in Europe but can still be found with a song and a pint most Tuesdays in an Exmouth harbourside pub.

http://www.exmouthshantymen.com/

Falmouth Fish

The Falmouth Fish

The Falmouth Fish first took to the waves in 2009. From humble beginnings in the pubs of Falmouth, the Fish took their music far and wide, performing in pubs and festivals both in Britain and abroad.

Their mix of heart-thumping sea songs, soulful ballads of loss and love, and the occasional comedy song has always been well-received, and this year sees their much-anticipated return to the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, with a small change in crew, but the same unique blend of singing styles. As happy singing in mystical boulder-strewn valleys as they are on the stage, the Falmouth Fish are back to sing, drink ale, and sing while drinking ale. They are still waiting for the day any of them set foot on a proper boat.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Falmouth-Fish-Sea-Shanty-Collective/

Falmouth Shout

Falmouth Shout

For us the 2015 Shanty Festival was the best yet. In fact the event seems to get bigger and better year on year.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the event. The venues we sang at were brilliant and to go back to The Seven Stars, where we started, and perform in the marquee Amy had with the stage, PA and Brendan doing the engineering was just brilliant, It was a delight to see our old friends Hooks and Crooks in Falmouth again. We were able to go and support them in the Grapes and they were as good as ever. The finale in Events Square was even bigger than before, wonderful.

The five degrees hosted the usual informal after event sing with people from Flash Jack, some of the old Hanging Johnny, Naze Shanty Crew, Falmouth Shout and others was a super wind down.

The year started for us with a gig for Hospice Care which has resulted in a return booking. We had a great Pickle Night at Culdrose followed by a concert in Tuckingmill Church among other venues. The last gig was for The Cornish Pirates which was an absolute pleasure for us and since that the Pirates have been on a great run which does the heart of a Pirates fan the world of good.

The Shout were joined by two new members this year, Helen and John which has been good for us. If 2016 is anywhere as good as the last year it will be great. Here’s to the Festival.

Alan Barnes MBE
Chairman of Falmouth Shout.

Femmes de la Mer

Femmes de la Mer

Femmes de la Mer have grown in stature, experience and number since their creation for the 2014 shanty festival. They are all of a nanjizal fo’ shizzle with excitement about singing at this year’s festival! 

This 14 strong crew hail from across Cornwall, from Heligan to Penzance and everywhere in between.

Singing traditional shanties and original material alongside some alternative takes on ballads of the sea, Femmes de la Mer’s narrative encompasses songs of love, loss and the feisty women of Cornwall. 

Femmes de la Mer Facebook Page

Figurehead

Figurehead

2017 proved to be a year full of excitement and change for Figurehead!! It started with a wonderful trip to the Scillies as part of the Daymark festival and led them throughout the year to the exotic heights of Fishguard, Okehampton and St Ives to name a few and the chance to host the talented Kimbers men at Wadebridge in November. Some ‘changes in circumstance’ have seen an overhaul of last year’s line-up and their new look crew are ready to entertain you with foot stomping shanties and delightful harmonies, all delivered with the hint of humour!

They enter this 4th year with new vision and energy although the current format is a temporary one (confirmation of final line up will become apparent after Falmouth shanty fest),look out for them and go and say ‘hello’ …..they have said they will of course remain true to their love of Falmouth’s colourful and wonderfully acoustic loo’s so listen out for a song or two coming from there!!

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Fisherman's Friends

Fisherman's Friends

In April 2018, the Fisherman's Friends launched their seventh album of songs, Sole Mates, in what they expect for a number of reasons to be another exciting year.

As ever they are delighted to be back at the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival again, having only missed a couple since the very first one all those years ago when they first struck up down on Custom Quay.

The fact that their connections with the Port Isaac and Padstow RNLI are so strong (4 FFs are ex-crew members, 2 are ex-launching authorities and 2 have sons in the current crews) only serves to reinforce their pride in taking part in this brilliant Festival.

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Fishermen's Friends website

Fishguard Folk Singers

Fishguard Folk Singers

The Fishguard Folk Singers are a group of friends who began singing together three years ago almost by accident. They all go to the regular folk club sessions which take place every Tuesday at the Royal Oak, but had not sung as a group until the RNLI asked the club if anyone could provide entertainment for their annual supper. They rehearsed some shanties and songs of the sea and went along to perform. Since then they have sung at many events to raise funds for the annual Fishguard Folk Festival which takes place over the late May bank holiday weekend, and to raise money for organisations such as the Welsh Air Ambulance and for local community causes. They have a varied repertoire including popular traditional shanties and sea songs, including some in Welsh and some self-penned. They were in Falmouth last year as visitors to the Shanty Festival, and having been asked to stand in for a group unable to come, the singers are excited to return and bring their special brand of music from West Wales.

Fishguard Folk Singers Facebook Page

Flash Jack

Flash Jack

Well, here we are again, older but no wiser and having had a cracking 2017.

Amongst many memorable gigs, we appeared in the Canvas Theatre Company’s production ‘The Coastguard’s Daughter’ and took a trip to France to appear in the festival ‘Onion Jack’, which celebrated the ‘Onion Johnnies’ who visited Britain from Brittany, cycling around the country festooned in strings of onions which they sold door-to-door. We also provided a song for the soundtrack of the film ‘The Lighthouse’ which, after it was shown on TV, resulted in our recording of ‘Hanging Johnny’ being posted on YouTube where it apparently achieved a record number of views.

A memorable moment of 2016 was experiencing the audience dancing during our late night performance on the Events Square stage, which made it to YouTube as well!  So come see us and join us in singing and dancing and make 2018 another memorable year.

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http://www.flash.englishfolkmusic.com/

Haslefolk Sea Shanty Crew

Haslefolk Sea Shanty Crew

Haslefolk Sea Shanty Crew is one of the newcomer groups this year and is looking forward to wowing Falmouth with some traditional and home grown “Shanties & Songs of the Sea.” We love folk to join in and have a laugh and a bit of fun, and we try to encourage silly humour. 

We hail from Hampshire and Surrey, and comprise 3 ladies: Cas, Paula and Helen; plus 3 men, Dave, Rob and Jon. We perform wherever we can: local folk clubs, pubs, and bars, backs of lorries, aboard canal barges, assorted sail and motor boats, not to mention nursing & old folks’ homes, stages and streets.

We have a mixture of traditional shanties, anti-shanties, modern shanties and a blend of folky sea songs; mostly acapela, but guitars, banjos and bodhrans lurk close behind. Our singing is for fun but always with a serious note: to raise funds for the RNLI.

Haslefolk Sea Shanty Crew website

Kimber’s Men

Kimber’s Men

Audiences everywhere, rave over the harmonies of Kimber’s Men. They have appeared at Festivals in Europe, and all over the UK.  Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4, they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone.

John Bromley has been singing folk songs since he was sixteen and is well known for his deep bass voice. John plays guitar, whistle and bodhran

Neil Kimber has been performing and singing since the late sixties, he plays guitar. Neil and Ros Kimber composed the wonderful song ‘Don’t Take the Heroes’, which is now being sung by many shanty bands all over the world, and describes the aftermath of the Penlee lifeboat disaster.’

Kimber’s men are lucky to have long standing member Gareth Scott. He has a powerful and bluesy voice and is an accomplished guitarist, bringing another dimension to the sound they produce.  Not forgetting Steve Smith our recent stowaway, who, as sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist, completes the group with his high harmonies.

Expect to laugh, sing and be generally entertained.

Facebook: KIMBERS MEN

Kimber’s Men website

Lemonaires

Lemonaires

The Lemonaires are a small group of singers who belong to Treverva Male Choir who are also patrons of The Lemon Arms in Mylor. They would meet,on Monday evenings, after practice, in the Lemon Arms to soothe their vocal chords, as you would.One evening in the spring of 2006 the then Landlord, one Alan Rose, remarked casually that Roger Graffy, the owner of Mylor Yacht Harbour Ltd. had been in and announced it was the 200 th anniversery of Mylor Dockyard which at the time was the smallest dockyard in the Navy. Not only that he felt that the village should celebrate the fact and he was hoping that everyone would join in, and could Alan contribute in some way. For his part Roger said he would put on a grand Firework display at the end of the day to wrap up the Festivities.

'What on earth can I do?' wailed Alan' I'm stuck up here miles away from the dockyard' to which one of the choir members said' Send us down there and we'll sing them a few old pub songs or appropriate sea shanties and we'll call ourselves "The Lemonaders".' You can't call yourselves that,I'll get done under the Trades Description Act.' To which everyone agreed and had another pint,which inspired one them to say 'I know instead of "Lemonaders" how about "Lemonaires"(obviously an Elvis fan) and it was agreed. That “Tribute" is inspirational stuff. The rest is history the event was a huge success, and the Lemonaires have raised a lot of money for charity and Treverva Choir as well as performing at Weddings, Funerals,Churches,Chapels and Festivals,including the very first Shanty Festival and every one since.

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Les Bouilleurs D'ecoutes

Brouilleurs d’Écoutes

The Brouilleurs d’Écoutes, a Franco-British group were founded late one evening in Corrigans Irish Pub in La Rochelle way back in June 2005. Since that date the group’s lineup   has evolved with new members adding their musical touch. They alternate between French and English, performing traditional shanties and songs of the sea of various origins (France, Ireland, England, and Scotland) as well as their own self-penned material. The group usually plays around its home port of La Rochelle, SW France but is also happy to undertake longer journeys to the festivals of Dunkerque, Paimpol, Brest, Vegesack-Bremen, Harwich, Appingedam. This will be their 3rd participation at Falmouth festival.

A bientôt !

THE CREW
Martial BERGER, violin
Yves DUSON, accordeon, harmonica & lead vocals
Bernard GRENIER, banjo & mandolin
Thomas MARSH, lead vocals, guitar & bouzouki
Stuart McLELLAN, lead vocals, bodhran & percussions
Véronique ROUCHON, Irish flutes &whistles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesbrouilleurs.decoutes

http://brouilleursdecoutes.fr

Les Marins Des Abers

Les Marins Des Abers

The Abers Sailors group is a male choir  which was formed in early 2000 by the men of the choir War Araog Atao. They were quickly joined by singers from various choirs in North Finistère.

Les Marins Des Abers website

Longest Johns

The Longest Johns

The Longest Johns are a Bristol based, a cappella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. They rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. After becoming a five-man group in 2015, they've taken their harmonies to new heights, whilst always retaining just the right mix of quality and hilarity. Whether performing songs that are hundreds of years old, or their own original creations, the Johns bring a new feel to audiences wherever they go.

www.thelongestjohns.com
http://thelongestjohns.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/user/thelongestjohns/videos
www.facebook.com/TheLongestJohns
www.twitter.com/thelongestjohns

The Longest Johns website

Mariners Away

Mariners Away

Mariners Away were initially brought together in November 2007 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 Kings Arms offered hospitality to sailors using the way. 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. 2018 will be their tenth consecutive year singing at Falmouth.

Since last year's festival they have again been busy on the pub and festival circuit including Gloucester Shanty Festival, Lynmouth Regatta Day, Dartmoor Folk Festival, Lyme Folk Weekend, and Newlyn Christmas Lights. They have again supported fund raising for the RNL and Devon Air Ambulance.

The Mariners Away CD is available at performances or via the website.


Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/marinersaway/?ref=bookmarks

http://www.marinersaway.org.uk/

Molgoggers Cobh

Molgoggers Cobh

Well here we are again, our third year in Falmouth. It has become the highlight of the year for us and we look forward to meeting up with our friends and the rest of the shanty community.

For those seeing us for the first time, The Molgoggers are an eight-strong, a cappella, all-male group from the maritime town of Cobh, on Ireland’s south coast.

We sing a mixture of traditional sea shanties and contemporary maritime songs, all given the Molgogger treatment!

Coming up this summer we will be at Portaferry in Northern Ireland, the Drogheda Maritime Festival and the Liverpool Shanty Festival. And if you happen to be in Cobh during July or August, you can see us in action in The Commodore Hotel in Cobh where we have a residency on Thursday nights.

Facebook: Molgoggers Cobh
Email: themolgoggers@gmail.com (link sends e-mail)
Twitter: @MolgoggersCobh

Monkey's Fist

Monkey's Fist

Monkeys Fist, based in Yorkshire and named after the knot used to heave the first line ashore, is the trio of Steve Flude, Colin Devey and John Horsey. 

They sing powerful arrangements of sea shanties, forebitters and ballads with close harmonies and guitar, concertina, bodhran and harmonica accompaniment. Songs are interspersed with knowledgeable and sometimes even witty introductions.

They have performed at clubs and festivals across the UK, together with festivals in Ireland, Germany and Holland.

Look on YOUTUBE.  Monkey's Fist Medley

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Nankersey Male Choir

Nankersey Male

Musical Director: Elaine Tangye
Accompanist: Michael Uren

The Choir was formed in 1950 by twelve members, including David Laity, who still sings with the choir today. Based at Flushing near Falmouth (ancient Cornish name: Nankersey) the Choir is flourishing under the musicianship of Elaine Tangye (who has led combined Cornish choirs on two Australasian tours and to Eastern Canada last year) and Michael Uren.

The Nankersey Choir’s activities have raised many thousands of pounds for charities and projects in Cornwall, England, Wales and Jersey. History highlights include Songs of Praise, Highway, Hampton Court Flower Show, Royal Albert Hall (with massed Cornish Choirs), and several Cornwall International Festivals.

The Choir remains true to its motto To Sing For and Give Pleasure, which is also the title of its latest CD.

The Choir continues to grow and new members are always welcome. For more information visit: www. nankerseychoir.org / 01326 373984 (Secretary)

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Nauti Buoys

Nauti Buoys

We are a Dartmouth based shanty band who have been described as being four old men who ought to know better. This is strange because one of us is a girl (and we don’t mean Richard!)! 

We combine traditional sea songs and humour with high energy performances probably quite dangerous in people of our age! Since being formed in 2008 the band has gone from strength to strength.  Alister, Richard and Mike have now been joined by Alister’s wife, Dawne on percussion.

Our music is the songs and tunes about the sea. As a band we live near it, we use it for our living and leisure and have our family history entwined with it. However we do try not to take ourselves too seriously!

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Naze Shanty Crew

Naze Shanty Crew

Like the Irishman’s new broom, Naze Shanty Crew have been in existence now for twenty years, but none of the fine young shanty singers you see pictured here were there at its inception! And not one of them now resides in Walton-on-the Naze in Essex. Time for a name change maybe? But meanwhile our enthusiastic current crew are smiling broadly on Harwich town’s Pier and dreaming of a fine season of fêtes and festivals, tall ships and regattas.

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival is a firm favourite and one we never miss and in between, singing drinking and making merry we find time to do a bit of sailing ourselves and even organise our own International Shanty Festival in our now home port of Harwich. Come and visit!

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Nordet

Nordet

More than 25 years of musical strolling on the seven seas and in the worlds ports, from Lorient (port of registry) to New York, from Paimpol to Liverpool or from Hoorn to Douarnenez and everywhere in between Nordet have been performing to audiences with their humour, enthusiasm, energy, voices and instruments that attack like a high gale.

Three crew men who are used to big stages, cabarets, pubs and village parties. Three voices tuned to offer traditional cappella and contemporary sea shanties, in French, English and Breton. Harmonised with the accordion, the banjo and the guitar to make you dance and sing with one song and to move you to tears in the course of a lament. See them performing in June at Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2018 for the eighth time with many new songs.

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Oll An Gwella

Oll An Gwella

Oll an Gwella are a bunch of beauties! All members of Newquay Male Voice Choir, their choristers’ current repertoire consists of over 100 songs including Shanties, Cornish folk, 1960s classics, seasonal & sacred music.

Their 4-part harmony and infectious humour has brought them popularity as their repertoire and reputation have grown.  Entertaining for pleasure, they raise thousands of pounds for voluntary, charity & community groups.  £1200 profit from donations and their first CD was donated to “The Cove” Cancer Centre and further donations have been made to RNLI and Cornwall Blood Bikes.  Live broadcasts on local radio and a recording by ‘Spotlight’ for BBC Television followed. Singing from the main stages at Shows and Festivals across Cornwall they have also exported their distinctive harmonies across Southern England and South Wales.  Invites to France saw performances in St Malo, Dinard and the prestigious “Festival Interceltique de Lorient”, where they enjoyed 16 performances at one of the largest music festivals in Europe.  Equally at home singing on elaborate festival sound stages or on the deck of the “Cutty Sark” and at Salisbury Cathedral, they also take their choral entertainment to weddings, “Memory Cafes”, nursing-homes and schools where choral workshops encourage children’s singing.

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Pirates of St Piran

Pirates of St Piran

We are a non-profit making, charity fundraising group working to raise money for the RNLI, Children’s Hospice Southwest and The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, among many other local charities. We are based in the St. Austell area and perform all over the West Country at events and festivals.

We sing sea shanties, Cornish folk songs and our own original material all performed in our own unique, rocky way. We are of course all pirates and bring flintlocks and cannons along to make our performances loud, riotous and rumbustificatious, an them’s as dies‘ll be the lucky ones.  We are also a pirate re-enactment group who perform battle re-enactments, dramatic presentations, flintlock, sword and cannon displays.

It is the groups 10th Birthday this summer, so expect us to bring a good measure of party atmosphere with us to Falmouth this year. There will be balloons and party poppers and a very special guest with us this year, not to mention all the usual carousin’ and piratical madness. So please come and see us and join in the celebrations.

We will have our 6th album (The Mermaids Tail) released in time for the Falmouth Festival so keep your eyes open for that. Those of you who have been following our musical adventures are in for a treat

This will be our 8th year at Falmouth and we always look forward to this weekend and a chance to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones. See you all there.

Contact 01726 74650
Email info@piratesofStPiran.co.uk (link sends e-mail)
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Portsmouth Shantymen

Portsmouth Shantymen

The Portsmouth Shantymen have been described as a “power harmony group” who specialize in Sea Songs, but if it’s a good song they’ll give it a go anyway!  

PSM have been in existence since 1978 when the Christchurch Festival unexpectedly found itself without a Shanty Crew.  Nobody threw anything and they had a good time, so they have been doing it ever since. They have performed at  Shanty Festivals, Folk festivals, historic sailing ships including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, clubs, theme events, book launches, schools, charity and promotional events ,  the Speaker’s House in the House of Commons and many others too numerous to mention.  

They have appeared at Festivals all over the UK, plus the near continent and the USA, and nearly 40 years on they are still going strong!

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Press Gang

Press Gang

It’s six years since The Press Gang first dropped anchor at Falmouth, and we’ve loved every minute we’ve spent here. So inspired have we been that, last July, we launched our own one-day Tywardreath Shanty Festival - and raised over £2,100 for the Cornish Hospices!

We’re also proud of the £1,000 plus that we’ve raised for the RNLI through our CD sales alone – every £5 sale makes £1 for the lifeboatmen.

Since we were last here we have hoisted our flag for the first time in Padstow, the Lizard, Stithians, Wadebridge and Perranporth, as well as in Poole, Dorset. And in October, we were honoured to play our part in the opening night of Canvas Theatre’s stunning production of ‘The Coastguard’s Daughter’ aboard ‘The Phoenix’ in Charlestown Harbour.

Come and see us in Falmouth - and note 14th July in your diary for our own second festival, at The New Inn, Tywardreath. 

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Rum & Shrub

Rum & Shrub

We are a group of traditional singers from Cornwall with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. Performing together since 1991 from the Eastern seaboard of the USA to many places in Western Europe as well as national TV work and many more local events, we take our name from a well-known local drink reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers and of course we are always delighted to allow you the opportunity to buy us a sample for you to try!

We always look forward to the International Sea Shanty Festival, it’s such a wonderful event and having performed at every single one there is always plenty of good singing to listen to with a terrific atmosphere and an opportunity to meet friends and colleagues old and new.   We want you to enjoy our singing so find our venues for the weekend on the programme or festival website and come and watch the show or buy CD’s from the group and from record stores. We’ve even mastered the art of making our music available electronically!

We look forward to making new friends and hearing new songs wherever we go, and we very much hope that you enjoy our singing as much as we do. Just follow the contact links for enquiries and bookings.

http://www.rumandshrub.co.uk/

Scallywag

Scallywag

There have been male singing groups in Scilly since 1972. The members of ‘Scallywag’ are the culmination of those groups which include the “1st St Mary’s Male Voice Choir”, “Mebyon Syllan”, “Force 8”, “Vocal Zone” and “Bone Idol”. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty of living on Islands, we are prone to members leaving for pastures new on the Mainland, which keeps our numbers fairly static and prevents us from attending regular gatherings on the Mainland.

The members of the group are mainly self employed or retired and from all walks of life. Shopkeepers, Tour Operators, photographers, Government Officials, teachers and escaped convicts swell our ranks. Our youngest member is still at school and is the heart-throb of the group, with ‘Grannies’ regularly throwing their knickers onto the stage. Our repertoire includes shanties, folk songs, pop songs, spirituals, hymns & ballads.

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Sheringham Shantymen

Sheringham Shantymen

The Sheringham Shantymen were launched in 1990 and in 2015 they celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a number of special concerts around Norfolk.  They continue to support the RNLI in a myriad of ways performing at lifeboat stations around the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Shantymen purchased a ‘D’ Class Lifeboat for the RNLI at Wicklow in 2007 named ‘The Sheringham Shantymen’. They have travelled widely throughout the UK; France, Germany, Virginia USA, Ireland & Holland. They have entertained at Maritime Festivals at Great Yarmouth, Bristol, Lincoln, Ipswich, Southampton, Portsmouth, the International Boat Show at Earl’s Court, ‘The Big Breakfast Show’, Children in Need, & ‘Blue Peter’ for which they have ‘the Badge’.

The Shantymen were invited to sing on the BBC’s the ‘One Show’, ‘Ade In Britain’ and the BBC’s ‘Country file’. Since 1990 the group has completed over 1,000 public performances, made three videos and recorded 7 CD’s, the most recent being March 2016. The Shantymen have attended the Falmouth festival since its inception and feel privileged to be invited to perform again in 2018.

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Short Drag Roger

Short Drag Roger

Hailing from the well-known fishing port of Oxford, we like nothing better than travelling the country and beyond, singing traditional and not so traditional sea shanties. We have been performing a-capella harmonies for the delectation of audiences for 17 years. We will sing to anyone, anywhere and at any time: corporate events, christenings, weddings, military and charity events and Folk Festivals as well as Women’s Institutes.  

In 2017, as well as our regular events, we introduced our a-capella harmonies to the unsuspecting Germans in Travemunde on the Baltic coast at their annual International Sea Festival. We joined crews from Poland, Norway, Denmark and Finland and of course Germany itself.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear our unique combination of voices as we perform around the town, just be careful not to ‘drop your hat’, or we will start singing at you!

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Shötley Crüe

Shötley Crüe

Shötley Crüe are a pocket choir of 7 men and women who, through their own unique arrangements, sing a wide range of characterful songs about our islands’ relationships with the sea.

They initially got together in 2014 in the Suffolk hamlet of Shotley to sing at the Harwich International Shanty Festival and have been steadily broadening and developing their repertoire ever since.

Having already sung at a variety of folk clubs, festivals, arts centres and museums across the South East, the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be their furthest venture west to date. The Crüe are very much looking forward to the voyage (and hoping to keep their feet dry).

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SKreach/River Notes

SKreach/River Notes

 

This is the first time the River Notes have sung at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. We formed about two years ago as a group of friends who wanted to sing for the joy of it. The small numbers have grown into a mixed voice choir of 25 who practise once a week in term time. We sing pop (can't beat ABBA), or anything that's happy or rousing. Now we are venturing into the world of Shanty and we hope we have picked some jolly tunes that people will stop and tap a toe to. New members are always welcome.

SKreach is delighted to have been invited back to the Falmouth Shanty 2018. We loved every minute of the 2016 festival. We are as passionate about singing as we are about chocolate, wine and tea and these are vital components of our rehearsals. We have now been singing together for nearly seven years and our repertoire consists of a captivating mix of folk (we have some haunting Cornish tunes up our sleeves!), seafaring songs, world, pop, original compositions and of course Shanties! 

Both SKreach and the River Notes are led by Community musician, Lucetta Radcliffe and are singing together for the first time at this festival. They perform in a variety of local settings and events so please get in touch if you would like us to sing for you.

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Sloop Groggy Dogs

Sloop Groggy Dogs

The Sloop Groggy Dogs have been singing songs of adventure and the seas since 2011. Based in Bedfordshire but mindful of the treacherous coast round Milton Keynes; our appearances venture to the perilous environments of Beer festivals and places frequented by Real-Ale vagabonds. 

The versatility of the guys knows no bounds, they’ve sung outdoors in a field, in a tent, and places that the PDSA wouldn’t let you swing a cat - they’ve even sung in French and German! 

Musically there’s been acoustic sets, accompanied stuff, and even some thrust and parry with sound engineers whilst mic’d up with thousands of watt-evers on the back of trailers.

Our venues have included a lot of pubs, a Secret Military Base, a Museum and even a Church! Whilst on the serious side, we have supported the RNLI from our early days and raise much needed funds for The Tibbs Dementia Foundation.

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Stamp and Go

Stamp and Go

Stamp and Go, like Ross and Demelza, come from Perranporth. Unfortunately, that's where the similarity ends.          

Although we still enjoy singing sea songs and shanties, our interest has evolved into new songs, telling stories of Cornish history, sea-faring, wrecks and mining. 

At the moment we are very excited to be working on a project in collaboration with the writer Annamaria Murphy.

Inspired by the success of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Stamp and Go started their own festival, 'The Loudest Shout' ten years ago. This has gone from strength to strength, and is now a well-established three day event on the music calendar. 

However, it's not all facts and history.  We are always very proud to hear 'The Betty Stoggs Song’, one of Nigel's compositions, sung at the closing ceremony of the Falmouth Festival in Events Square.

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Suitcase Singers

 Suitcase Singers

The Suitcase Singers are a 50 strong community choir based in Penryn, led by Claire Ingleheart. They are looking forward to sharing their eclectic mix of traditional Cornish songs and shanties, including some brand new songs about women of Cornwall.

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Swinging the lead

Swinging the lead

With some ten years of singing shanties and songs of the sea behind them, plus two well received CD’s, Joe, Pete, Colin and Dave join us again this year from the shores of the tidal Thames in North West Kent.

‘Swinging the Lead’ are the resident shanty crew on the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich, keeping alive the music and traditions of the great days of sail.

They sing an entertaining mix of traditional shanties, contemporary songs, including those written by members of the crew, either ‘Acapulco’ or with instrument accompaniment!

All have sailing or sea going experience including in Pete’s case Tall Ships, Colin was the electronics engineer on Radio Caroline and Dave is a regular on the Woolwich Ferry.

Festivals in the UK and mainland Europe continue to keep the band extremely busy.

“It is great to be back again in Falmouth to meet up with old friends and acquaintances.”

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Tavy Tars

Tavy Tars

This year will be the Tavy Tars 11th visit to Falmouth International Festival and we are looking forward to it just as much as the first time. Based in Bere Ferrers on the Tavy Estuary in West Devon, we continue to support the RNLI together with other local charities.

We still love singing together and over the past year have enjoyed a number of gigs and singalongs in local pubs, clubs and churches, but also look forward to festivals where we can sing in company with so many excellent groups. 

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The 5 Men Not Called Matt

The 5 Men Not Called Matt

Another year rolls by and the Called Matt are delighted to be invited back to Falmouth’s wonderful shanty festival. We are naturally devastated that we have recently lost a dear friend and a founder group member, Steve Holden. Steve was a mate to many and a mainstay of the folk scene. He will be sorely missed by his dear wife Alison, his family and his many, many friends, admirers and acquaintances. Steve loved the Shout and had attended seven or more summers, singing his heart out. He would have wanted us to continue and though his voice and presence will be greatly missed, we will go on as the 5 Men Not Called Matt.

We have made many friends locally and can’t wait to meet up and sing together again as we love the County dearly. So much so in fact that Tim has moved to live in Helston permanently.

We have had a busy year with fund raising for sundry good causes and charities, plus the odd beer and music festivals thrown in. We have branched out  Andy and Roddy have starred in a local Pantomime (Oh yes they have) featured at Stony Stratford, where lies the ancient Vaults Bar, our yodelling post and watering hole. We have written new songs, funny and sad, they’ll make you happy they’ll make you mad. We hope they make you join in.  

Anyway, see you all at the Shout. Mine’s a pint of Skinners please to toast to our old Mate, the unforgettable Steve Holden.

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The Countrymen

The Countrymen

It's difficult to find a musical genre that would fully describe The Countrymen but Cornish Folk Rock Harmony is reasonably close.

Six seasoned musicians with four part harmonies and a token Cornishman. With a relaxed and light-hearted presentation style they take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall featuring their own arrangements of both traditional and contemporary as well some original material. Interspersed with the occasional pop cover to lighten the mood when required, there is no mistaking that to a man, these guys love their county with a passion.

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The Harry Browns of Bristol

Harry Browns

Widely regarded as the premier shanty group in the Bristol area, the Harry Browns have been singing together for over twenty years. The singing is mature and well balanced, like a good beer, with voices able to deliver a paint stripping shanty, or tender songs about love or loss in soaring harmonies.

The Harrys sing for the love and enjoyment of singing, to share this with the audience, and to keep alive the memory and traditions of those who go to sea or wait on the shore.

So join in and together we will create an unforgettable performance!!

Contact either Maurice Boye 01242 570457 or email  mauriceboye@hotmail.com for further information

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The Last Watch

Last Watch

This shanty and folk singing group of lads all hail from the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley, an area rich in history and folklore. Having sung together for about four years they have achieved a style all their own, lots of harmonies has given the traditional shanty a different feel. This does not distract from the raucous foot stamping fun of a good loud shanty. Together with a few folk songs their performance is varied and interesting. They consist of Phil and Mike (father and son) and Colin and Richard (father and son in law). This is the second time singing at Falmouth for the lads, having been a few times before as spectators. It's a wonderful event, and a great showcase for the shanty.

The Navy Larks

The Navy Larks

We are a band of brothers from landlocked Salisbury who get a kick out of singing together, led by Kate Edgar our music and performance director.

We sing shanties, songs of the sea, including our own nautical compositions, to produce a lively, varied and hopefully amusing performance.

We are regularly invited to sing at charity events, and with our growing reputation, these are often “sell-out” gigs raising many thousands for charity.  We sang in the street to publicise the very welcome opening of the Seasalt shop in Salisbury, then at St Thomas’s Church Christmas Tree Festival. 

A novel experience for us was to sing with the Salisbury Concert Band at Dinton; plus a gig on our own at Bishopstone Village Hall. In late September this year we are off to sing at Saintes in South West France, a twin town of Salisbury.  

It is our intention to have a good time in Falmouth as we have done previously, to sing well, drink beer, have a laugh and entertain our audience. 

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The Oggymen

The Oggymen

Hailing from Falmouth itself, The Oggymen have built a reputation for tight harmonies and inspiring performances that convey the rugged beauty of this Duchy. Entertaining both visitors and locals with their interpretation of Cornish and contemporary folk songs they have won a legion of devotees.  This year their performance at the Shanty festival will see them perform songs from their third album, One Morning In May, alongside celebrated arrangements of local songs that will captivate the hearts of every Cornishman or Cousin Jack.

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The Old Gaffers

The Old Gaffers

From South Devon, The Old Gaffers have been rocking assorted boats and all sorts of other stages since 2010. With our own brand of humour, no nonsense, no gimmicks, sea shanties and sea songs we have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of the country. We’ve been on national and local TV and radio, recorded 3 CDs and featured on a couple of other peoples CD’s

 We have morphed into the present crew of 10 with an average age of 48 (sorry that should be waist size) and a groupie fan base of well over one; we are going from strength to strength! We’re pleased to have raised thousands of pounds for charity including, but not exclusively, the RNLI, Devon Air Ambulance, Prostate Cancer UK, Children's Hospice SW, Help For Heroes and had a great time doing it. Are you in need of some entertainment? Do you need a bit of a lift? Then put us on your must see list!

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Thraw’d Together

Thraw’d Together

"Thraw'd Together" are a popular group of five lads who sing in pubs and clubs, halls and hotels or where ever in Cornwall ( and further) we are invited to sing, whether it’s a 21st or 91st, at a wedding or a funeral we sing a variety of music to suit the occasion.

Our motivation is three fold, we sing together because we enjoy it, also (to our surprise) our audiences seem to enjoy hearing us and thirdly we collect our fees in the form of donations for Cornish charities.

It is our great pleasure to be a part of this fantastic festival once again this year.

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Treizhadenn

Treizhadenn

Treizhadenn is a Breton group (The crossing in English) coming from the Paris area.

It is composed of 6 musicians (vocals, chromatic accordion, guitar, flutes, saxophone, bombardes, bass and percussions). Treizhadenn is 10 years old. We perform throughout France but also abroad (Wales). 

Our repertoire is exclusively composed of group creations (texts and music) it is dedicated to the sea, sailors and Brittany. All are dance tunes from different terroirs of Brittany.

We have recorded 3 CD. For more details you can visit our website, you will find videos and CD extracts.

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Vagrants Crew

The Vagrants Crew

An ever so slightly diminished Crew this year but with assuredly no less enthusiasm !! It is a great privilege to be invited, once again, to this fantastic event and as always we are looking forward to seeing you all again.

In 2016 we had a very busy time, the main events including Falmouth, Fishguard, Cobh & Rosslare in Ireland, Finland, The Netherlands & Harwich. See you in June (slightly battered
but never broken !!)

http://www.the-vagrants-crew.co.uk/

Wareham Whalers

Wareham Whalers

The Wareham Whalers are Dorset’s premier shanty crew and have been entertaining audiences since 2004. They run a popular monthly folk night and host a regular shanty gig in their namesake and historic town of Wareham. They sing at shindigs and festivals through-out the year. You are also likely to see and hear them busking the rural and coastal towns of the picturesque Isle of Purbeck and the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

Since they started some 14 years ago, they have raised £1000s for Wareham and Purbeck Multiple Sclerosis Society, initially for a minibus, then for the annual maintenance of it. Why not come and listen to the Wareham Whalers? They have in their repertoire over 100 shanties and songs of the sea…and they remember the words to most of them!

They also really enjoy what they do and that is evident to all that come and see them. So, look where the Whalers are in the programme, go and see and sing-along with them, and simply have a great time!

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Wellington Wailers

Wellington Wailers

Shoreham’s sea shanty crew, “ The Wellington Wailers” can be guaranteed to make any occasion, they perform at a success

Six years ago, a small group of like minded sea dogs decided to resurrect the singing of traditional sea shanties, at The Sussex Yacht Club, in  Shoreham. They relocated to “The Duke of Wellington” pub once they learnt that they would be paid in beer for performing a monthly slot.

Since then the ships company has expanded. When fully manned, the Wailers can muster sixteen men, who have developed a natural close harmony.

Those old shanties had a serious purpose, encouraging the men to heave in time with the shanty man’s song. There is nothing serious about the Wailers delivery of the shanties. The emphasis is on humour, but with a good rousing sound. Audiences are encouraged to join in the choruses and participate in any shenanigans that the Wailers flamboyant captain may devise. Since their formation, The Wailers have performed at countless gigs, festivals, and charitable events, and most notably had tracks from their latest C.D. “High Tides and Low Life” played on Radio 2, by Mark Radcliffe.

This year will be their fifth appearance at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.

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