Groups will be smuggled in from far & wide again in 2019
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 has declined in recent years due to the closure of our local mines.
The first of many public appearances came in April 1997, to be followed by a guest appearance at the Tall Ships concert at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth in July, and the Cornish Gorsedd in September 1998.
There have been many performances and tours since, including a request to sing at the Kernewec Lowender (the world’s largest Cornish festival) in South Australia in May 2001.
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
Cork an Barbor
A group of friends who enjoy singing together. We all share a passion for the Duchy of Cornwall; St Ives especially, its history and its industries. We strive to keep the songs of Cornwall alive and never be forgotten, as generations did before us. We formed as an official group in 2019.
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.
The best way to keep in touch is either through our Facebook group “Cousin Jack” or via our website
Fun loving, mostly ‘Cornish Maids’ from around St Austell Bay, coming together through mutual love of singing Cornish Songs, Sea Shanties, reviving Old Folk Songs with a twist and introducing a bit of ‘Blues and Barbershop’, all in their own unique harmony Acapella style.
Formed in 2016 and since singing in the Tywardreath & Fowey RNLI Festivals and this year performing at Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival plus many local charity events. Pleased to be invited to the first St Ives Festival.
Falmouth Fish Sea Shanty Collective
The Falmouth Fish Sea Shanty Collective first took to the waves in 2009. From humble beginnings in the inns of Falmouth, the Fish have taken their music far and wide, performing in pubs and festivals both in Britain and abroad.
The Fish mix heart-thumping sea songs and soulful ballads of loss and love with songs of a less orthodox origin. The Fish provide a unique blend of singing styles and are as happy singing in mystical boulder-strewn Breton valleys as they are on the festival stage.
The Falmouth Fish exist to sing, drink ale and sing while drinking ale. Their seamanship skills are poorer than those of a thalassophobic’s cat
Born out of a connection with the RNLI, Falmouth Shout is a group of friends who enjoy singing and drinking together. In the past 13 years Falmouth Shout has raised over £40,000 for local charities, including the RNLI.
Falmouth Shout performed in St Ives for the first St Ives Shanty Shout at The Castle Inn in 2016
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!
The Foghorn Three
The Foghorn Three are a newly formed trio of West Penwith boys. Singing loudly and proudly of tales of the sea and land; Cornish favourites and bawdy ballads of wenches and mermaids. Two of the lads met one dark stormy night at the Tinners Arms, and declared to set up a Shanty group! Later being joined by a shipmate press ganged at Falmouth Shanty. Being newly formed it has taken much lubrication to get going, but now performing acts of Guerrilla singing they can be found chirping away around the cliffs of West Penwith.
Singing together for less than a year they have a stunning list of non-achievements:
The Foghorn Three have not officially sung at Falmouth Shanty, but they have heckled well!
They have not been invited to sing at the Cornwall County Show,
They have never been asked to sing for visiting Royalty,
They certainly haven’t got a CD for sale,
And they have never been asked to support Kimber’s Men, Fishermen’s Friends or the Longest Johns, but you never know….!
They are about to achieve a collective ambition though, to sing at their local St Ives Shanty Shout and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces!
Audiences everywhere, rave over the harmonies of Kimber’s men. They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, 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; the latter being the most viewed programme of the year, on BBC 4.
Kimber’s Men possess probably the finest bass singer on the British folk scene today, in John Bromley. John has been singing folk songs since he was sixteen and has sung in several folk bands and is a solo artist. John plays guitar, whistle and bodhran Neil Kimber has been performing and singing since the late sixties and has a massive repertoire of songs at his disposal, he plays guitar and is the only real sailor amongst us. 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.
Lytham St Anne’s Shanty Crew
Lytham St Annes Shanty Crew was formed in Autumn 2015 by Joel Wrigley with a few friends and acquaintances who enjoyed singing with a view of performing locally to raise money for local charities, particularly the local RNLI.
In 2017/18 we raised over £8000 towards the Lytham St Annes RNLI Shannon Life Boat Appeal with various gigs and recording our debut CD “Northern Shoal”. This has now been re-issued and includes traditional sea shanties and self-penned songs.
We practise at the St Annes RNLI boathouse in winter and from May to August we open up the doors of the of Lytham Boathouse for all who wish to listen with collection buckets for donations.The use of the boathouses is courtesy of one the crew, Roy Turner, who has been a stalwart of the local RNLI for many years and who co-wrote “The Mexico”, commemorating the shipping disaster involving the ship of the same name in 1886 which appears on our Northern Shoal album.
We have now recorded and released our second CD “Sea Salt’ which again contains our own compositions and well known songs of the sea.
In 2018 we appeared at the Liverpool Folk and Shanty Festival and this year ventured further afield requiring our passports crossing the Yorkshire border to Hull. We will need these again when we go to Llandudno in October and cross the Tamar to participate at the St Ives Shanty Shout, a voyage we are greatly looking forward to.
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.
Nautibuoys are currently a trio consisting of the legendary (he says) Richard Carr on vocals, whistling and ladies' wigs. Mike (he can sing anything) Dyer vocals and bones and harmonica, and Steve (..like herding cats with these two) George, acoustic guitar, percussion. Their music is eclectic sea-based/folk/vaudiville including both laments and up-tempo songs and old sea-verses put to music, with audience participation being essential for a nice time.
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.
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!
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.
Shall 'e Shanties
Formed from the winnowed husk of some deadbeat Wreckers wannabee singers;
The Shall ‘e Shanties have honed their craft from stamping their feet and singing like crows
To a not half-bad approximation of Shanty song singers.
They still believe that perfect pitch equals throwing an accordion 10ft onto a skip but give them a go.
You might be surprised…
Shanties were sung on the deck. Below deck stories and yarns were spun out to pass the long hours of the voyage. Join master storyteller Shanty Baba for a breath taking hour of sea stories that will have even the most seasoned shellback enthralled.
Stamp and Go
Stamp and Go sing A capella (unless you count the occasional cajon).
Sea-songs and shanties have been their forte over the last dozen years, with story songs about Cornish history (mining, shipwrecks, smuggling, ) with the occasional dig at
tourism, local culture, and the state of the roads....
And now, Stamp and Go, together with talented friends, have written, composed and produced a piece of Musical Theatre which they perform at selected venues both in.
Cornwall and further afield.
Stamp and Go love singing and meeting old and new friends at festivals and folk clubs whether in Cornwall, Devon - or indeed, anywhere! Long may they continue to do so!
Stuns’ls - or Stud Snails as people of faint hearing call us - is our group name, picked from a sailing term we found in one of our earliest songs called “Old Maui”. Stunls (Stud Sails) are the square sails used on a full rigged tall ship during light winds. We are definitely a light hearted bunch. Gathered together with an interest of singing in pubs for a chance of winning a free pint or pasty.
Most of us are Cornish Pilot Gig Rowers, who aspired to learn the songs, sung in pubs after the races. With a varied back ground, from choir singers to those with a faint memory of singing primary school carols, we had a lot to learn at the beginning and not just the songs. We have overcome various elements of public singing, and must be doing ok with invitations to sing at weddings, fetes and festivals.