Groups will be smuggled in from far & wide again in 2018
Travelling from near and far in 2017, groups encompassing a diverse range of sizes and styles raised money for two very deserving charities whilst at the same time providing two days of entertainment, with lots of audience participation!
The event was hosted by Bamaluz Bootleggers and will return November 2018. Here are some of the groups planning to come back
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!
Aggie Boys Choir
The Aggie Boys Choir are a rag tag bunch of creative upstarts from all across Cornwall Not strictly an all male group although it's questionable! They were formed out of a love for singing and expressing their portrayals of a life in Cornwall. Ever evolving and spurred on by the popularity of the song writing and poetry The Aggie Boys Choir hope to capture your hearts and your laughter and take them to the depths below where they'll drown you in a sea of song and perhaps a pint or two!
I love to entertain people in my performances, varying my material from traditional shanties with a big beat to more well known sea songs. I also ensure that my audiences know a little bit about the history of the songs I sing.
For some of my songs I accompany myself with my beautiful top-of-the-range Lachenal Edeophone English concertina, which is 100 years old this year.
I really enjoy travelling and I've certainly got around a bit for my singing, having had shanty singing gigs in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands & USA.
Back at home I've entertained audiences at all the major maritime festivals in the UK, including Ellesmere Port, Falmouth, Gloucester, Harwich, Hull, Liverpool, Scarborough & Whitby.
So far, I've recorded two CDs. “Soaring Enchanted” is a lyrical mixture of traditional folk and maritime songs, while “White Stocking Day” is a collection of shanties and sea songs.
I’m so pleased that St Ives has invited me this year. I’m really looking forward to it. What a great venue for a festival!
“I thought I heard the old man say. ...”
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.
The Bencoolen Wreckers
The Bencoolen Wreckers were formed on the 15 February 2011 at the Cobweb Inn, Boscastle. Originally six and now 12 singers including our accordionist, the wreckers travel all over performing at various events such as; St Just Feast, Perranporth Shout, St Piran’s March, Padstow Mayday and Bude Folk Festival.
The wreckers perform at various events including weddings. Birthday celebrations and have sung at prestigious events such as the Royal Visit of Prince Charles to Bude. They have also performed at special events such as the 150th anniversary of the wreck of the Bencoolen.
They can be seen Tuesday evenings throughout the summer in their home; The Bencoolen Inn, Bude. During the winter, they can be seen in the Bencoolen, when not practising to increase their repertoire.
Bone Idol (Scilly Boys)
Bone Idol are a male voice group of sea shanty singers from the Isles of Scilly. Their performance in St Ives will be subject to favourable weather conditions - But they made it to the first Shout in 2016
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
Du Hag Owr
Du Hag Owr have been combining traditional shanties with their own compositions for over 10 years and were the original Seasalt Shantymen.
They have been at most of the local festivals with regular appearances at Falmouth and Wadebridge and further afield, from The Minack at Porthcurno, and The Golden Hind in London to St Just in Roseland Carnival and the Hidden Hut at Rosevine. All great days out!
Always looking to have an enjoyable time, the intimate venues of the St Ives Shanty Shout are ideal for the their style of delivery, with humour and harmony thrown in.
Looking forward to a great weekend, good fun and plenty of audience participation!! See you there.
Devon’s “original buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the maritime heritage of their home port, but have since found themselves in ports across Northern Europe, including Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland. They have appeared on national television and radio in the UK and in Europe, but can still be found with a song and a pint most Tuesdays in a pub overlooking Exmouth dock.
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
Femmes de la Mer
Femmes de la Mer have grown in stature, experience and number since their creation for the 2014 shanty 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.
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.
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.
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 sea songs with 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!
We are really looking forward to coming to St. Ives and joining in the fun of the first St. Ives Shanty Shout. While in St. Ives we should take the opportunity of visiting the Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum but will probably be found guzzling in the local hostelries!
Formed in 2010 our one purpose was to sing Cornish songs in 3 part harmony, and to sing the songs in our community so they would never be forgotten.
The songs we sing reflect the history of Cornwall’s Methodist past, the hardships of life as a tin miner, the peril of those at sea, or the lament of the cousin Jack longing for family and familiarity whilst working a long way from home.
These songs are part of our culture; a bridge to both the past and the future..
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. We have become regular guests at events such as the Falmouth Shanty Festival, Fowey Regatta, Perranporth's "Loudest Shout" and Lostwithiel’s ‘LostFest’. And we’ve performed at Shanty Festivals as far afield as Harwich, Gloucester and Bristol. Pirate FM’s St Piran’s Day clip of us singing ‘Cornwall my Home’ notched 250,000 hits on ‘YouTube’, and our appearance on October’s Poppy Appeal aboard the “Phoenix” in Charlestown was captured by BBC TV’s ‘Spotlight’.
Our two CDs, ‘First Pressing’ and ‘The GangWay’ have been phenomenal successes, raising over £1,500 to date for the RNLI (£1 of the £5 price goes to the charity).
Rum and Shrub
Rum and Shrub Shantymen are a group of traditional singers from Cornwall with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. Performing together as a group since 1991, we take our name from a well-known local drink reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers.
Over the years we have performed throughout Europe, the east coast of the USA and more locally throughout the UK. We have produced many recordings of our singing, copies are available from the group, from record stores and in digital format via social media.
St Ives is such a beautiful town, we were delighted to appear at the 2017 Shanty shout and we're looking forward to doing so again in the company of friends old and new during the build up to the festive season.
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.
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.
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.