The St Ives Shanty Shout Logo – The St Ives Shanty Shout Galleon by Donald Macleod

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A section of an original painting by Donald MacLeod of a ship being unloaded by two skiff rowed by bootleggers. St Ives Shanty Shout.

Groups will be smuggled in from far & wide again in 2021

Travelling from near and far we try and invite groups encompassing a diverse range of sizes and styles who are happy to raise money for charity whilst at the same time providing two days of entertainment, with lots of audience participation!

Below is a list of groups that have already expressed an interest in performing for our 2021 dates... If you're in a group that's performed before and aren't listed then drop an email to Sarah

ACapella Moonshine

We are a diverse group of women living in and around Falmouth and working in various trades and professions throughout South and West Cornwall. We have in our line up Nurses, Therapists, Artists, Ceramicists, Scientists and, of course, we are wives and mothers too! What unites us is our love of singing, sailing and the odd glass or two of alcohol!

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 and Sussex.

We 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. Our main claim to fame is that we were the first Female Shanty Group to appear at The Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival and we have enjoyed singing there for the past 4 years.

We are really looking forward to our first visit to St Ives Shanty Shout. You can expect a rollicking, rousing, harmonious set with plenty of opportunity for audience participation!

ACapella Moonshine who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Bamaluz Bootleggers

Inspired listening to the music around Cornwall, Bamaluz Bootleggers was formed to resurrect the traditional Pub singing scene in St Ives. The mixed voice group bring an energetic and fresh approach to Sea Shanties, Cornish Folk songs and similar music. Their unique name derives from a small beach between the two large ones in St Ives.

Since forming they have sung around and about the harbour and pubs in St Ives, raising money for local causes and charities along the way. They’ve performed at local events at the Guildhall for the St Ives September Festival and at the Castle Inn for the first annual St Ives Shanty Shout. They have also ventured to the south coast of Cornwall, singing for the Sea Shanty afternoons at St Michaels Mount and at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.


Bamaluz Bootleggers who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Barnacle Buoys

Barnacle Buoys are a cappella shanty singers based in Clevedon, North Somerset and our weekly get together at the Old Inn Clevedon still happens pretty much every week. We have a full programme of events this year across the South West.

We are really excited about being invited to St Ives Shout for the first time, and singing our Shanties to you all.

We love what we do and raise money for Charity , our main Charity being Childrens Hospice South West and RNLI, and over the 6 years we have been singing together we have raised thousands of pounds for both causes.

Barrett’s Privateers

Hailing from the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley, Barrett’s Privateers are a group of friends who have been drawn together by their love of singing and a desire to maintain the tradition of singing in pubs. As such, members of Barrett’s Privateers have been leading Shouts (as part of Shout Kernow/Shout East) in pubs in South East Cornwall for several years, but have now come together as an official group to enable them to perform at events and festivals. This mixed crew, with ages ranging from early 20s to 60+, all share a love of land-based and sea-faring songs. Offering a wonderful blend of male and female voices, and helmed by their captain, Gideon Barrett, with his vast knowledge of traditional songs, Barrett’s Privateers are hoping to bring power and harmony to the fore.

The Bencoolen Wreckers

Originally established in 2011 the Bencoolen Wreckers Singers were re-launched in October 2018 and enjoy the tradition of a capella shanty singing of songs from Cornwall and around the world. The current line up is David Trott, Simon Whattler, Colin Danks, Jeff Weaver, Nigel Martin, Nick Compton , Brendan Hinfey and Keven Taylor.


Bencoolan Wreckers who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

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 in many festivals and events around West Cornwall such as St Piran’s Day in Perranporth, Porthleven RNLI Day, Main stage at Newlyn Fish Festival, Oxjam in Hayle, Helstonbury and various private functions.

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


Bryher's Boys who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Cobweb Crew

A Cornish acapella group who sing traditional Cornish songs plus some Irish, Scottish and English folk, with some more “modern” shanty’s thrown in. They were  (until lockdown) singing twice a week in various locations around north Cornwall and seem to be quite popular

Cousin Jack

Cousin Jack are a singing group based in Bude, Cornwall. We are made up of 7 singers and 3 musicians and perform a variety of songs from Irish, folk, Cornish and shanties. We sing with harmony and enjoy performing all over the south west at different events and venues. Our accomplished musicians can perform a range of instrumentals so that the entertainment never stops.

We were formed in September 2018. We are proud to have been supported on our journey so far by Tintagel Brewery and the Cobweb Inn.

Our aim is to share our music whilst having fun with both old and new friends. We are closely linked with the RNLI with 4 operational volunteers and 1 retired crew member who is an active fundraising volunteer.


Figurehead are the group of ladies, all living in Cornwall who share a love of all songs with a traditional, nautical and maritime flavour……or as they say: "If it contains a reference, however slight, to water, we consider it fair game."

The group originally formed as a bit of fun around a kitchen table for 5 ladies that shared a love of sea songs and harmonies, little did they know how soon that scenario would get left behind! Encouragement from old friends (and new) in the singing world soon ensured them ‘guest spots’ in different venues and they remain humbled by the support that they have received over the last few years. The kitchen table has been replaced with pubs, marquees and stages…almost nationwide!!...

Last years ‘new crew’ changes have remained, and the group has gone from strength to strength, even recently press ganging a new member, Gill… their new look crew are ready to entertain you with foot stomping shanties and delightful harmonies, all delivered with a hint of humour!

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. In the past year they have again been busy on the festival circuit including Gloucester, Falmouth and Teignmouth Shanty Festivals, Dartmoor Folk Festival, Lyme Folk Weekend, as well as numerous local events.

Mariners Away are looking forward to their first visit to the St Ives Shanty Shout.


Old Gaffers

We've been rocking assorted boats, and all sorts of other stages since 2010.

With our own brand of humour, no nonsense no gimmicks acapela sea shanties and other sea songs, we have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of the country, and soon to be the continent.

We have been on national and local television and radio, recorded 3 CDs

With a few leaving for various reasons and others joining we have morphed into the present crew of nine.

With an average age of 45, (sorry that should be waist size), and a groupie fan base of well over one we are going from strength to strength.

Over the past few years we have raised and helped to raise thousands of pounds for various charities, including the RNLI, Fishermen's Mission, Devon Air Ambulance, Prostate Cancer UK, Children's Hospice SW, Help For Heroes, and had a great time doing it.


Oggymen who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Press Gang

Press Gang have been entertaining audiences and making friends around the county - and beyond - since 2012. People seem to like our relaxed and distinctive style, as well as the passion and humour in our performances, and the unique harmonies of our songs and shanties. Formed in 2012 by a group of friends from the St Austell Bay area we’ve sung in pubs, clubs and festivals all over Cornwall and at venues that have varied from a Greenpeace ship to Gatwick Airport to Bristol Balloon Fiesta! We have become regular guests at events such as the Falmouth Shanty Festival, Fowey Royal Regatta, Perranporth's Loudest Shout, Ilfracombe’s Sea Festival and Lostwithiel’s LostFest. And we’ve crossed the Tamar to perform at Shanty Festivals as far afield as Harwich, Gloucester and Teignmouth. Pirate FM’s St Piran’s Day clip of us singing ‘Cornwall my Home’ at Gatwick notched 250,000 hits on ‘YouTube’, and our launch of Cornwall’s 2016 Poppy Appeal aboard the “Phoenix” in Charlestown was captured by BBC TV’s ‘Spotlight’.

Our two CDs, ‘First Pressing’ and ‘GangWay’ have been phenomenal successes, raising over £1,500 to date for the RNLI (£1 of the £5 price goes to the charity). We hope to have our third CD, “Fiddler’s Green”, out by the time you read this; keep your eyes open at our venues! So come and be ‘PressGanged’ – you won’t be disappointed!

Severn Whalers

We are a group based in Almondsbury, North Bristol.

We started as a community choir getting together for a sing and a pint once a week,

Two years ago we were challenged to perform as a Shanty group at the first Tywardreath Shanty Festival and have been hooked ever since.

We get together every Thursday and can often be found singing (and drinking) in our local pub, the Bowl in Lower Almondsbury.