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Contents Welcome 10th Anniversary Festival The RNLI

The Groups

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Tom Lewis 55 Treverva Male Voice Choir 56 57 Vent de Noroise Wareham Whalers 58 Falmouth Fish 59 60 Kanerien Trozoul

The Oggymen 7 Alan Whitbread 8 Bosun’s Call 9 The Programme Cadgwith Singers 11 Friday 43 Cape Cornwall Singers 13 Saturday 44 & 45 Charlotte & Spong 14 Sunday 46 Dutch Uncle 15 Map of the venues 47 Exmouth Shantymen 17 Falmouth Shout 19 The Songs Flash Jack 20 Real Ale of Old England 61 Hobson’s Choice 21 Bully In The Alley 62 Hughie Jones 22 Spanish Ladies 63 Many a Mickle 23 Sloop John B 64 Mariners Away 25 Drunken Sailor 65 Nankersey Male Choir 26 Leave Her Johnny 66 Naze Shanty Crew 27 A Drop of Nelson’s Blood 67 Nordet 29 South Australia 68 Rum & Shrub 30 Hanging Johnny 69 The Old Gaffers 31 Scheepsfolk 33 Short Drag Roger 34 Shake a Leg 35 Sheringham Shantymen 37 Stamp & Go 39 41 The 5 Men Not called Matt Tavy Tars 42 The Pirates of St Piran 49 Official Programme & Song Book Thraw’d Together 51 Suggested donation £4.00 The Vagrants Crew 53 In Aid of the RNLI The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland


2013 - 10th Aniversary Festival 10 years of raising money for the RNLI


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International Sea Shanty Festival

WELCOME Welcome to the 10th Anniversary World renowned Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2013. We have a huge variety of groups performing this year: from here in Cornwall, from across the UK and also internationally. This year we dedicate the festival to Anne Hunt the RNLI treasurer for the event until she passed away last year and also Trevor Grills & Paul McMullen from the Fisherman’s Friends who sadly lost their lives in a tragic accident earlier this year. I would firstly like to say a big thank you to all the voluntary work of the Festival Committee throughout the year to prepare everything that is required to make this event a great success. I would also like to thank the performers, the venue providers, Skinner’s Brewery for their support as festival main sponsor since the beginning, as well as all the group sponsors and advertisers. If you are purchasing the printed programme then you are helping the RNLI save lives at sea and around the coasts, an essential service for us here in Cornwall given our extensive and popular coastline. Falmouth Town Council has been very supportive over the years and this continues with annual grant funding and Town Management support. There are the usual social media pages to follow including Twitter @falseashanty and Facebook: search ‘Facebook Falmouth Sea Shanty’ plus the website I hope you enjoy the festival and feel free to join in with the shanties, we have included some of the lyrics within this programme. Do pencil in the date for 2014 and we hope to see you then! Richard Gates Chairman, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Committee & Falmouth Town Manager

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2014 13-15 June For sponsorship, advertisements & group enquiries: 3

10TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL It doesn’t seem like it now, but it was more than a decade ago when a few of us from the Falmouth RNLI lifeboat station and the fledgling Falmouth Shout, sat in the Chainlocker pub chatting about novel ways of raising funds. It was Doctor Phil Slater (who taught Sir Ben Ainslie to sail!) who uttered those now immortal words, “why don’t we have a sea shanty festival?” We all looked at each other and couldn’t think of a reason why not and so we embarked on the hazardous voyage to deliver the South West’s first ever Sea Shanty Festival. Favours were called in from the likes of Rum and Shrub and Cadgwith Singers and messengers sent to the remotest corners of the Duchy to invite the up and coming Fisherman’s Friends, Cape Cornwall Singers and the evocatively named Friggin Riggin. These pioneering songsters came together on a warm weekend in June 2004 to create the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival. Falmouth Shout were the driving force and it often seemed we spent more time organising the Festival than singing! But we carried on in the knowledge that something wonderful was being kindled, something that would grow over the years to bring thousands of performers and tens of thousands supporters together to jointly raise over £30,000 for the RNLI whilst enjoying the largest free maritime music event in the world. Steve Skinner of Skinners Brewery also sensed this and supported the Festival from year one. His vision and generosity have been pivotal in the success of what is predominantly a self funding event. Two years ago Falmouth Shout decided that the Festival had outgrown the capabilities of a small group of singers and handed over control to a dedicated management team headed up by Falmouth Town Manager Richard Gates. Any apprehension about this major change at the helm soon evaporated once the professionalism and efficiency of this new team became apparent. We are in safe hands again and with a kindly wind and a following sea, we can look forward to the next ten years. Cheers! John Warren Falmouth Shout

John Warren, Alan Barnes (lifeboat coxswain and member of Falmouth Shout) and Rum & Shrub on board Falmouth’s all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott for the 2004 Festival opening ceremony


THE RNLI We’re so proud of Betty! As a charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has many committed volunteers who work tirelessly to bring in the money needed to keep us afloat. One of them is the famous Betty Stogs who brings her RNLI collecting bucket to the festival each year and walks miles bringing in the cash for us. Representing Festival partners, Skinners Brewery, Betty Stogs roves around the many venues rattling her bucket and swinging her beer tankard and as a result she has raised many thousands of pounds for the RNLI. Betty Stogs joins an army of often unsung volunteers who roll up their sleeves to continually bring in the funds needed by our charity to ensure our lifeboat crews and our lifeguards have the very best training and equipment. Providing a lifesaving service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year doesn’t come cheap so the indomitable Betty Stogs and her bucket are valued by us all. What’s more, we’re always looking for people to help us. You don’t have to spend hours walking the streets of Falmouth with a bucket like Betty Stogs; you don’t even have to join a committee! Whether you’ve got days or hours to offer us, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us by emailing our Community Fundraising Manager in Cornwall, Guy Botterill on Last year (2012) was another busy one for the lifeboat crew volunteers in Cornwall and in Falmouth in particular where they were the busiest team in the county. The crews onboard the all-weather and inshore lifeboats based in the port, launched 82 times and rescued 65 people. That represents 753 hours spent at sea on emergency all outs. If you then add the time the volunteers spend on the water training, it represents a massive 1,024 hours offshore! So here’s three cheers for every one of the RNLI’s volunteers, from the lifeboat crews in harbours like Falmouth, to the shore crew who assist in launching the lifeboats, and the fundraisers. They all represent a commitment that is second to none and the pride of the RNLI. And cheers to Betty Stogs, a true RNLI heroine!

Tamsin Thomas RNLI Public Relation Manager (South West)

Falmouth is one of a number of stations around Lifeboat Station the coast designated as an ‘Explore Station’. This means that the station is open to visitors for most of the year, subject to operational requirements. A team of volunteers provide free guided tours of the lifeboats. There is no need to book, just go into the lifeboat shop attached to the station. For times and more information visit the the station website:


THE OGGYMEN We are a group of friends from Falmouth, on Cornwall’s south coast, and we delight in singing traditional Cornish songs in three part harmony. These songs are part of our culture; a bridge to both the past and the future. As we grew up in Falmouth, we heard these songs regularly. Fathers sung them in male voice choirs, friends sung them after Working Boat races, brothers sung them gig rowing, and we all tried to sing them down the pub‌

The Oggymen sponsored by The Chainlocker


ALAN WHITBREAD My first love is for traditional English song and music but my repertoire also includes some great songs from other traditions and more recent compositions. While I learnt my trade as an unaccompanied singer, I now also relish playing one of my English concertinas: on its own, at music sessions, as a morris musician and, of course, accompanying my singing. I love to wind up an audience and get them to sing along with me! I’ve been around a bit and I’ve been known to go a long way for my singing. For instance, in 2007 I sang at the Canterbury Folk Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand and in 2013 I sang shanties & sea songs at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, Australia. Brill! My particular joy is singing sea songs & shanties. This has led me to sing solo at numerous maritime/shanty festivals, eg at Falmouth, Harwich, Hull, Scarborough & Whitby and at Enkhuizen in the Netherlands. In addition, I was a member of the now-defunked Shellback Chorus and, along with three other shantymen, I have set up a crew called “Sharp As Razors”. As a result, I have sung at folk & maritime festivals all over the UK, as far apart as Edinburgh, Lancaster, Ellesmere Port, Great Yarmouth, Upton-upon-Severn, Bude & Portsmouth, as well as in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and the USA. The English concertinas I play are my pride and joy, being a Lachenal extended treble Edeophone with metal ends dated c1920 and a Wheatstone Baritone with wooden ends dated c1903.



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. Contacts: or 02380 434312



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”

Cadgwith Singers sponsored by The Quayside Inn


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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.

Cape Cornwall Singers sponsored by The Falmouth Hotels Association 13


Charlotte and Spong are a duo from Sussex who play duet concertina, fiddle and mandolin and sing in harmony. Between them they have played at festivals both at home and in Germany, France and Belgium. They enjoy singing songs of the sea and shanties, particularly the less well-known ones. Highlights of 2012 for them were (of course) Falmouth International Shanty Festival but also a commission from Harwich International Shanty Festival to write a show ‘Bad Lads of the Sea’ which they performed there in October. They also spent a memorable weekend in November performing their nautical Magic Lantern shows aboard the London sailing barge ‘Victor’ whilst she was moored in Ipswich Harbour.


DUTCH UNCLE Hans Weehuizen has performed three times at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, twice with his group Dutch Courage and last year for the first time as Dutch Uncle. Hans started performing sea songs and shanties 21 years ago in a big shanty choir called The Compagnie Zangers. He formed the group Dutch Courage 10 years later. During the last 6 years he has also been active in the group Enkhuizen 4+1. The Dutch and English songs will be varied with tunes on the one row squeezebox. Hans will also be running his workshop “How to Play the Bones�. The Bones are the oldest instruments that were used on board the Tall Ships, during the singing. Generally they were made of whale bones. The workshops are great fun to do and very informative. Look for the time and place in the Festival programme.



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 19th century merchantmen to put borrowed songs back onto a tall ship’s deck or a dockside tavern. Their repertoire splices together hard-bitten work shanties sung with gusto and forebitters, delivered at times with appropriate 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 Devon village hall. The Exmouth Shanty Men played at the 2011 Tall Ships in Ireland and the 2012 Olympics at Weymouth and are looking forward to visiting The Netherlands and returning to France and Belgium this year. They have appeared on national television and radio both here and in Europe, but can be found with a song and a pint every Tuesday in a pub overlooking Exmouth’s deep water channel. In early 2013 they recorded their fourth album, to be released in May.

Exmouth Shantymen sponsored by Falmouth Classics 17

Falmouth Shout Its ten years now since we started singing as Falmouth Shout, as well as this being the tenth Shanty festival, and what a lot of fun it has been. During our ten years we’ve sung at Truro Cathedral for the Mission to Seafarers, at Douarnenez for their twentieth anniversary festival and at Waterford for their festival of the sea. This was a fantastic trip that was where we found a wonderful Irish bar serving great Guinness. John, bless him, bought the first round to get the singing started quite lustily; after that the landlady refused any payment and we sang for our drinks. This event is immortalised in a verse of one of Mark’s songs. Another vivid memory comes from one of the early Shanty Festivals. In the audience was a severely disabled young lad in a wheel chair. He wasn’t showing a great deal of interest in the proceedings. We started to sing and it was as if he came to life. He started smiling and tapping his wheelchair in time with the music. He kept this up all the way through the set. I remember thinking; if we did nothing else, we had given him an hour’s enjoyment. That made it all worthwhile. Our line-up is still most of the originals though some have retired and there are a few more grey hairs. Our good wishes to those who have moved on and thank you to everyone for ten years’ worth of happy memories. Finally from Falmouth Shout, our thanks to The Rum and Shrub Shanty Men for their inspiration and support over the years. As well as for introducing us to a great restorative, taken in fifty/fifty proportions.

Falmouth Shout sponsored by Blue Flame


Flash Jack

Flash Jack is a group formed by combining previous members of the late lamented shanty crew Hanging Johnny with other singers and musicians. Last year’s Falmouth International Shanty Festival was our first major event since getting together and we were overwhelmed by the fantastic reception that we received. This year we are launching our first CD on the unsuspecting public and we sincerely hope that we can continue to entertain the audiences at this wonderful festival for many years to come. Our repertoire has shanties and ballads, both new and old, tragic and comic, songs from a woman’s perspective, tunes associated with the coast and seafaring (both at home and abroad) and ballads from the land, reflecting the strong link which has always existed between the songs from coastal districts and the songs sung by the seafarers from those districts. We also maintain the honourable tradition of comic songs established by our illustrious predecessors and we still positively encourage audience participation, with singing and dancing as brilliantly demonstrated by the audience at last year’s festival. We look forward to being with you all again.


Hobson’s Choice

By God! Bosun!! They’re back! Those inland shantymen from middle England have escaped again to visit Falmouth. Despite a call by the local magistrate for them to be locked up as “imposters and landlubbers” “the buoys” from Herefordshire have made it back to the Festival for 2013. This is a first for the band (they have never been invited back anywhere before!) but since taking the port by storm last year with a mixture of fun and rollicking shanties they have now taken charitable funds raised from £10,000 to £29,000 in one winter season’s singing! This is a performance not to be missed – a load of new songs for the festival – some never heard in Falmouth before (and some destined never to be heard again!) If you don’t see Hobsons’ Choice over the weekend – you’ll never know what you’ve missed ……….. (but may save on therapy!) Come on Cornwall – let’s get to it!!

Hobson’s Choice sponsored by The Pandora Inn


Hughie Jones Hughie was a member of The Spinners folk group until their disbandment at the end of 1988. The band made over 30 LP’s and dozens of compilations were produced. Here are the lyrics of a song he will be singing at the festival. It was written some years ago by Paul Sirman who, though a Kent resident has been a lover of Cornwall since his boyhood. On the 19th of December, in the year of 81 Round the rocky coast of Cornwall, a bitter storm begun While fishing boats ran for port, to shelter from the storm The Union Star was foundering, her fate was sealed by dawn. The rugged coast of Cornwall, seafarers always feared The Union Star without power, helplessly neared From Penlee Point the lifeboat came, her name was Solomon Browne From Mouzal came her gallant crew, eight men of great renown. They struggled and they battled as their boat was flung around To save her crew and passengers too, before they ran a ground They struggled and they battled, but alas ‘twas all in vain From the time, of half past nine she was not heard from again. The memory of those lifeboat men will live forever more Likewise their fight, on that fateful night, remains with those ashore Eight men who fought the raging main, to save those in distress Let’s hope and pray, the pain goes away, and their souls are now at rest. He hopes that this song will go down well as a tribute to the lifeboat service.

Hughie Jones sponsored by The Seaview Inn


Many a Mickle

When four singers are four close friends, then their singing makes a very special sound. We are four singers - two English men and two Scots women - and good friends, who live in Brittany, France. In 2010 we formed Many a Mickle, between us bringing together more that ninety years of singing traditional songs, to sing songs of the sea. We sing acapella in close harmony. No instruments, just the power and variety of four voices singing in harmonies that may surprise you. We mostly sing in English, but we also sing in French. We sing the songs of the sea - not just the shanties that were used to set the rhythm of work on board a sailing ship, but also the forebitters, those songs sung by sailors in their off-watch time. Songs of lost love, of complaint about life on board, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical. And we also sing the songs of those left on shore, songs of fear for those gone away, songs of seduction, songs of celebration for a naval victory, songs of love, life and loss. And we sing French songs from Brittany, Quebec, Louisana... As well as singing in some concerts, this year at Falmouth on Saturday, we will be performing our show “the Silver Darlings”. It tells a story in words, songs and pictures of two young people who travelled and worked in the North Sea herring fishery in the late 19th century. They were two amongst the thousands who toiled to find and catch, to gut and pack the plentiful herring. We will be projecting lots of beautiful old photographs of the period to accompany the songs and stories. Not to be missed! Hear Many a Mickle on their CD, “What Fortunes Guide a Sailor?”, available at the festival. 23

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Mariners Away

Mariners Away celebrated the 5th Anniversary of their first performance in January of this year. They were initially brought together in November 2007 and their first performance was for a Sail Cruising Association meeting at the Kings Arms in South Zeal, Devon the following January. This hostelry is situated at the mid point of the Mariner’s Way, a long distance coast to coast path that connected the ports of Bideford and Dartmouth, and, no doubt, the Inn offered hospitality to sailors using the path. 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 on alternate weeks at their home port and sing at ‘away ports’ on the other Thursdays and on some weekends. Since the 2012 Falmouth Festival they have been very busy on the pub and festival circuits including the Dartmouth Sea Shanty Festival and the Clovelly Maritime Festival. Unfortunately the Portmagee Festival in County Kerry was cancelled under tragic circumstances but the Mariners were still invited across to perform at other nearby venues in company with the Dutch sea shanty group Paddy’s Passion. Among the charities they have supported have been Hospice Care and the RNLI. Mariners Away have completed their first recording and their first CD should be available in the not too distant future (written in February) Later this year they are looking forward to a return visit to Brittany.

Mariners Away sponsored by Five Degrees West


Nankersey Male Choir

Musical Director : Elaine Tangye Accompanist : George Smith The Nankersey Male Choir celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2010. Founded mostly from men of Flushing near Falmouth. Numbering sixty members the choir now hails from various towns and villages in West Cornwall. Today Nankersey is one of the best known and respected choirs in Cornwall and beyond. This reputation is presently being enhanced by the” dream team” of Elaine Tangye ( MD ) and George (Accompanist) The choir’s motto is “To sing for and to give pleasure” and whilst doing so, several thousands of pounds have been raised over the years to benefit local and national charities, organisations and projects. History highlights include “Songs of Praise”;”Highway”, Hampton Court Flower Show, Royal Albert Hall ( with massed Cornish choirs); the biennial Cornwall International Choral Festival; the Royal Cornwall Show and the Fal River Festival. For more information, please visit the choir’s web site:


Naze Shanty Crew

The Naze Shanty Crew are pleased to be attending Falmouth once again. The Crew have been present since the second Festival in 2005 and look forward to their annual trip down to Cornwall. Hailing from the far flung corners of North East Essex, in the Tendring Peninsular, no less, the team have been together now for thirteen years. The Naze Shanty Crew has a hard core of members who have been together since the outset and a small, but healthy, number of new or recent recruits. Once a member it’s hard to give up and it has been known for singers to attempt to leave but be dragged back by a) an insatiable desire to sing strange and wonderful songs and b) the team spirit and camaraderie of this fine bunch of people. The Naze Shanty Crew will be singing a variety of shanties and sea songs around Falmouth over the festival and look forward to making many new friends in Cornwall yet again. The Crew have sung in Holland, Hull and on board the “Cutty Sark�. In October each year we help run the Harwich International Shanty Festival, now in its eighth year.



20 years of musical strolling on the seven seas and in many ports of the world, from Lorient (port of registry) to New York, from Paimpol to Liverpool or from Hoorn to Douarnenez 4 crew men used to big stages, cabarets, pubs and villages parties, their humour, enthusiasm, energy, voices and instruments attack you like in a high gale. 4 voices tuned to offer you a cappella traditional or contemporary shanties, in French, English, Breton and American. 4 voices in harmony with the accordion, the bouzouki and the guitar to make you dance and sing but also to move you to tears. 4 CDs to take with you, to brighten up your path with some sea spray! 20 years of meetings and exchanges with the audience and also with the best talents of the sea shanty world. This will be the third year that Nordet have performed at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.

Nordet sponsored by the Cornish Store 29

Rum & Shrub We are a group of traditional singers from Cornwall renowned for lively singing of shanties, songs of the sea and a wide range of folk songs. We have been singing together since 1990 and are equally at home on a concert stage, on a boat or quay, or in a bar- we just like singing so listen out for us, join in and enjoy. The name Rum and Shrub is taken from one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets and is our favourite throat ‘medicine’ – Shrub being an alcoholic cordial reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers to disguise the salty taste of their contraband Rum being rum. It is taken 50:50 in careful quantities to ensure clarity of voice - if not head! We have performed at many events in Wales, Brittany, Germany and the USA such as: Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Brest, Vegesack, New York and Mystic Seaport. We also have sung at many major English festivals as well as appearing at just about every festival and show in Cornwall, including Falmouth’s very own International Sea Shanty Festival where we were delighted to be invited to open the very first festival by singing on the foredeck of the Falmouth Lifeboat which was moored in Custom House Quay Basin – an amazing evening. So, enjoy the wide variety of singing styles and material and remember – we’re all here to support our lifeboats so please give generously!

Rum & Shrub sponsored by Provedore Tapas Bar


Old Gaffers

A group of 11 ‘jolly’ (mostly) chaps who love to sing and have the odd pint (and there are a lot of very odd pints out there…!) Most of us have sung individually in pubs, tubs etc. for a number of years so having joined forces we now have an extensive repertoire. When getting together in the autumn of 2010 several of us had a connection to the sea so we decided to name our shanty crew “The Old Gaffers”. Since our first public performance in March 2011 we have made a CD and enjoyed singing at all sorts of venues, from pubs to folk and shanty festivals, including weddings, a funeral and birthday bashes, mainly in and around South Devon. We’re just waiting for an invitation to a conception! With our links to the sea we support the RNLI, fund raising mainly in the Torbay and Salcombe areas; and we are also pleased to have raised approximately £2000 for other local charities during 2012. ‘Tis our lot!’



Scheepsfolk, a Dutch maritime folk group originally from North Holland, Den Helder aan Zee, can often be found playing and singing on traditional wooden sailing ships or on the harbour wall. Scheepsfolk is an old Dutch word and means shipcrew. The group is made up of four enthusiastic crewmembers, all of who began their journey over the world’s great oceans in the straits of Texel, the most southerly island off the north coast of Holland. Their repertoire is a mixture of lively seasongs and beautiful ballads as well. Accordion, guitar, banjo, bodhran, wooden percussion, harmonica and upright bass accompany their authentic songs. Scheepsfolk regularly performs at maritime festivals and nautical events in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and other European venues.

Scheepsfolk sponsored by Cornish Cottage Holidays


Short Drag Roger

Some 10 years ago, Short Drag Roger were born in the village of Chalgrove in Oxfordhsire. Since this time, we have been singing shanties to all and sundry in the United Kingdom and beyond. With a passion for traditionalism, we pride ourselves on our ability to sing a-cappella, adding harmony where needed.

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Shake a Leg Maritime songs and stories, humour and harmony are the key to a performance by “Shake a Leg”. Formed in 2007 to bring together, from across the West Country, eight great singers who all share a love of songs-of-the-sea coupled with their love of entertaining. Although shanties and worksongs form a strong part of their repertoire Shake a Leg are a refreshing change from other shanty sides by being equally split with the women’s voices equalling the men’s. Entertainment and variety are guaranteed with contemporary and musical-hall songs rubbing alongside the more traditional material. Solo performers in their own right their strong lead voices set against chilling harmonies and unusual arrangements led an member of the audience at Falmouth Shanty Festival to say, “You are different from the other groups, you make the hairs on the back of my neck stand-up.” Although they sing many songs unaccompanied a Shake-a-Leg performance includes instruments as diverse as Hurdy Gurdy, flute, banjo, guitar, violin, mandolin, whistle, harmonica, viola and bodhran! If you fancy some of that, and want to know where their name comes from - you will just have to hear them to find out!

Shake a Leg sponsored by Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns Research Network

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Sheringham Shantymen The Sheringham Shantymen who started in 1990 still enjoy performing their ‘songs of the sea’ more than ever. 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 Bristol, Lincoln, Ipswich, Southampton and Portsmouth as well as 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’ in 2010, ‘Ade In Britain’ in 2011 and on the BBC ‘Country file’ in September 2012. Since 1990 the group has completed over 1,000 public performances, made three videos and recorded 5 CD’s, (the sixth is being recorded) the sales of which have enabled them to donate thousands of pounds each year split between the RNLI and local charities. For the second year running they confess that their most enjoyable experience in 2012 was performing to wonderful audiences at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. The Shantymen have attended this festival since its inception and feel privileged to be invited to perform again in 2013.

Sheringham Shantymen sponsored by Harbour Lights


Stamp & Go

Stamp and Go from Perranporth are regulars on the shanty circuit. Their tight harmonies have been enjoyed throughout Cornwall and recently much further afield. They have sung at the Lorient Celtic festival, The Orkney Folk Festival, Brixham Festival of the Sea and recently at a private party for HRH Princess Anne. (Not only has she got their CD in her car, but she plays it!) They often feature on Cornwall Connected on Radio Cornwall, and their club mixed version of the Cherbourg Run featured heavily at the Lowender Peran Festival Silent Disco (don’t ask ,it just shows your age!). Stamp and Go ended the year as the resident shanty group on the Sail Training Tall Ship ‘Stavros S Niarchos’, so they actually do know what the words of the shanties mean! They sing a range of traditional sea songs, and shanties, their own compositions, and are never averse to a bit of Cornish.

Stamp & Go sponsored by the ‘front



The 5 Men Not Called Matt

You don’t get much further away from the briny than Milton Keynes. The nearest waterway is the Grand Union Canal. Still, the 5 Men find lots of opportunities to sing a Shanty or two, while downing a pint or three, generally in Vaults Bar in Stony Stratford on a Sunday afternoon, an ancient tradition, lost in the mists of antiquity (or alcohol). The 5 Men continue to support local events with singing and bawdy good humour. This year to date we have supported the Sea Scouts and the RNLI. Great events, well attended that we are pleased to say raised substantial funds, and the roof! We do traditional and modern materials with emphasis on fun and harmony. From left to right in the cartoon we are: Tim Hague, Brian Peckett, Andy Powell, Steve Holden and John New. In comes I....Dan Hynds, our newest and youngest member. Dan joins the team to bring new blood and volume to ease our aching throats. If you are looking for some good old fashioned singing and entertainment, never too serious, come along and give us a listen. We’ll be really glad to see you all at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.

The 5 Men Not Called Matt

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Tavy Tars

In October 2013, the Tavy Tars celebrate 10 years of singing and playing together. Based at Bere Ferrers on the River Tavy (within spitting distance of Cornwall), they perform at many festivals and other events around the South West. They love a rollicking shanty, but also gentle harmonious ballads of the sea - traditional and contemporary, a-cappella and accompanied - so much variety in their performances. The Tavy Tars have developed strong links with the RNLI, enjoying fundraising for them at events in Devon and Cornwall, including the Falmouth Shanty festival for the sixth year.


Festival Programme

Friday 14 June

Events Square 6.30pm Opening Ceremony 7pm Shake a Leg 8pm Sheringham Shanty Men

Courtyard Deli 8pm Many a Mickle 9pm Charlotte & Spong 10pm Vent de Noroise

Customs House Quay 7pm The Pirates of St Piran 8pm Vent de Noroise 9pm Tom Lewis 10pm Scheepsfolk

Cafe Cinnamon / Hand Beer Bar 8pm Old Gaffers 9pm Shake a Leg 10pm Falmouth Shout

The Front 7pm Tom Lewis 8pm Five Men not called Matt 9pm Kanerien Trozoul 10pm Naze Shanty Crew Shipwrights (Chainlocker) 7pm The Oggymen 8pm Vagrants Crew 9pm Wareham Whalers 10pm Rum & Shrub Five Degrees West 7pm Nordet 8pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 9pm The Pirates of St Piran 10pm Mariners Away Watersports Centre 7pm Wareham Whalers 8pm Falmouth Shout 9pm Flash Jack 10pm Sheringham Shantymen Quayside Inn 7pm Alan Whitbread 8pm Mariners Away 9pm The Oggymen 10pm Vagrants Crew

The Grapes 8pm Press Gang 9pm Nordet 10pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle Pandora Inn (Restronguet) 8pm The Falmouth Fish 9pm Thraw’d Together Seaview Inn 7pm Charlotte & Spong 8pm Naze Shanty Crew 9pm Hughie Jones 10pm Five Men not called Matt Provedore Tapas Bar & Cafe 8pm Rum & Shrub King Charles the Martyr Church 7pm Thraw’d Together 8pm Scheepsfolk Five Degrees Below 8pm The Longest Johns 9pm Alan Whitbread 10pm Short Drag Roger Programme correct at time of going to print


Festival Programme Events Square 12pm Five Men not called Matt 1pm Hobson’s Choice 2pm Charlotte & Spong 3pm The Pirates of St Piran 4pm Stamp & Go 5pm Vagrants Crew 6pm The Oggymen 7pm Wareham Whalers 8pm Sheringham Shantymen Customs House Quay 12pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 1pm Shake a Leg 2pm Vent de Noroise 3pm Hughie Jones 4pm Scheepsfolk 5pm Alan Whitbread 6pm Rum & Shrub 7pm Tom Lewis 8pm Flash Jack 9pm Falmouth Shout 10pm Cadgwith Singers The Moor 12pm Exmouth Shantymen 1pm Sheringham Shantymen 2pm Mariners Away 3pm Wareham Whalers The Front 12pm The Pirates of St Piran 1pm Rum & Shrub 2pm Tom Lewis 3pm Nordet 4pm Many a Mickle 5pm Falmouth Shout 6pm Short Drag Roger 7pm Chris Ricketts 8pm Vagrants Crew 9pm Kanerien Trozoul 10pm Flash Jack 44

Saturday 15 June Shipwrights (Chainlocker) 12pm Chris Ricketts 1pm Alan Whitbread 2pm Old Gaffers 3pm Shake a Leg 4pm Tavy Tars 5pm Wareham Whalers 6pm Naze Shanty Crew 7pm Nordet 8pm The Oggymen 9pm Mariners Away 10pm Vent de Noroise Five Degrees West 12pm Hughie Jones 1pm Flash Jack 2pm Naze Shanty Crew 3pm Kanerien Trozoul 4pm The Oggymen 5pm Sheringham Shantymen 6pm Cape Cornwall Singers 7pm Falmouth Shout 8pm Vent de Noroise 9pm Tom Lewis 10pm Scheepsfolk Watersports Centre 2pm How to play the bones workshop - Dutch Uncle 3pm Vagrants Crew 4pm Charlotte & Spong 5pm Exmouth Shantymen 6pm Old Gaffers 7pm Mariners Away 8pm Cape Cornwall Singers 9pm The Pirates of St Piran 10pm Thraw’d Together

Festival Programme The Front

Quayside Inn 2pm Scheepsfolk 3pm Thraw’d Together 4pm Hobson’s Choice 5pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 6pm Stamp & Go 7pm Cadgwith Singers 8pm Scheepsfolk 9pm Naze Shanty Crew 10pm Shake a Leg Courtyard Deli 12pm The Longest Johns 1pm Tavy Tars 2pm Five Men not called Matt 3pm Short Drag Roger 8pm 9pm

Hughie Jones Nordet

Cafe Cinnamon / Hand Beer Bar 12pm Nordet 1pm Short Drag Roger 7pm 8pm 9pm

The Falmouth Fish Stamp & Go Tavy Tars

The Grapes 12pm The Falmouth Fish 1pm Kanerien Trozoul 2pm Bosun’s Call 7pm 8pm

Hobson’s Choice Short Drag Roger

Pandora Inn (Restronguet) 1pm - 3pm Falmouth Shout 8pm 9pm

Alan Whitbread Rum & Shrub

Saturday 15 June Falmouth Art Gallery 2pm Marlborough School 2.30pm Many a Mickle - Silver Darlings 3.30pm The Falmouth Fish Seaview Inn 6pm Tavy Tars 7pm Charlotte & Spong 8pm Old Gaffers 9pm Many a Mickle 10pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle Provedore Tapas Bar & Cafe 8pm Dutch Uncle Five Degrees Below 12pm - 6pm Open Mic 6pm Thraw’d Together 7pm Many a Mickle 8pm Shake a Leg 9pm Press Gang 10pm Five Men not called Matt Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (Marquee) 7pm - 9pm Exmouth Shantymen Chris Ricketts, The Longest Johns and Press Gang were late additions to the programme. See website for more information:

Programme correct at time of going to print


Festival Programme King Charles the Martyr Church 10am Sheringham Shantymen Events Square 12pm Falmouth Shout 1pm Nankersey Male Choir 2pm Vent de Noroise 3pm Scheepsfolk 4pm Sheringham Shantymen 5pm Finale/Closing Ceremony Customs House Quay 12pm Naze Shanty Crew 1pm Wareham Whalers 2pm The Pirates of St Piran 3pm Treverva Male Voice Choir The Moor 12pm The Oggymen 1pm Shake a Leg The Front 12pm Scheepsfolk 1pm Old Gaffers 2pm Five Men not called Matt 3pm Thraw’d Together Shipwrights (Chainlocker) 12pm Flash Jack 1pm Vagrants Crew 2pm Rum & Shrub 3pm Tom Lewis Five Degrees West 12pm The Pirates of St Piran 1pm Mariners Away 2pm The Oggymen 3pm Vagrants Crew

Sunday 16 June Watersports Centre 11am How to play the bones workshop - Dutch Uncle 12pm Short Drag Roger 1pm The Falmouth Fish 2pm Alan Whitbread 3pm Shake a Leg Quayside Inn 12pm Hughie Jones 1pm Kanerien Trozoul 2pm Nordet 3pm Wareham Whalers Courtyard Deli 12pm Charlotte & Spong 1pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 2pm Flash Jack 3pm Kanerien Trozoul Cafe Cinnamon / Hand Beer Bar 12pm Alan Whitbread 1pm Chris Ricketts 2pm Charlotte & Spong The Grapes 12pm Five Men not called Matt 1pm Thraw’d Together 2pm Hughie Jones Pandora Inn (Restronguet) 12pm Nordet 1pm Many a Mickle Falmouth Hotel 1pm Tom Lewis 2pm Falmouth Shout Five Degrees Below 12pm - 3pm Open Mic Programme correct at time of going to print





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The Pirates of St Piran Ahoy, scurvy dogs! We are an 18th-century pirate performance group based in and around St. Austell. We sing an impressive repertoire of sea shanties – traditional (arranged in our own piratical style) plus equally popular and colourful original material. We also perform dramatic presentations, swordfight and tell stories, plus make educational school visits. You will find us up to no good most Sundays in summer on the tall ships in Charlestown, Cornwall (courtesy of Square Sail Shipyard Ltd) and at many other pirate-themed events throughout the year, all over the county and beyond. It’s good luck to have a pirate at your Cornish wedding, so if there are any brides needing to be “kidnapped”, look no further! Just as well, then, that our sponsors for this event are Preston Goldburn, surely Falmouth’s finest solicitors... As well as having fun, we fundraise for nominated charities. The pirates have gathered and donated thousands of pounds since the group formed five years ago. This year, we are supporting the RNLI, Children’s Hospice Southwest and the Cornwall Air Ambulance Service. This is our fourth visit to the Falmouth International Shanty Festival, one of our favourite weekends of the year. We look forward to sharing a song and a beer with friends old and new, and maybe selling a few more of our CDs. We have produced three, the latest of which is Lost At Sea, a double album featuring shanties old and new, interspersed with our infamous interludes guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Proceeds go to our charities. To find out more, book us for an event or see where we’re causing mayhem and merriment, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us at to learn all about the pirate characters, see photos of us in action or buy our music online. And if you are ready to unleash your inner pirate, email, savvy?

The Pirates of St Piran sponsored by Preston Goldburn


Thraw’d Together A curious set of circumstances found this curious set of lads, in the same place, at the same time, curiously enough, all wanting to make music. What more natural then, to describe them as you find them – just ‘Thraw’d Together’. The urge to sing comes naturally to the Cornish, but singing in harmony needs discipline. These five Cornishmen found spontaneity in their singing but weren’t quite so good with the discipline. Consequently they meet once a week in the Old Chapel in Porkellis to practice. Their first requirement was to enjoy their singing, but they found to their surprise that others liked to listen. Adding those ingredients to raising funds for local charities and they found the perfect mix. If you are still curious you can find ‘Thraw’d’ dressed in their Cornish tartan waistcoats, singing their eclectic melodious mix in Pubs, Clubs, Chapels & Quays all over Kernow.

Thraw’d Together sponsored by Café Cinnamon and Hand Beer Bar


The Vagrants Crew

The Vagrants Crew have been on the nautical scene for more years than they care to remember!! They also have the great privilege of being the official shanty crew of the Tamar class Angle lifeboat, The Mark Mason. They are an 8 piece maritime band based in Pembrokesire, West Wales, performing songs of the sea, blending shanties and musical instruments to produce slightly more “unconventional” variations of the traditional styles without (hopefully) loosing the true spirit of the nautical theme. Once dubbed by a local radio presenter as, “Pembrokeshire’s answer to the Pogues”, the Crew are a fun loving, (ever so slightly mad!!) band who still enjoy their music immensely and hope to carry on entertaining and keeping the traditions alive for as long as possible. Twenty twelve was a very busy year for the Vagrants, not only appearing at Falmouth and Bromyard but at many others, locally and country wide, culminating with a guest appearance in the Netherlands at the Slag op de Wiede festival in Giethoorn, a totally wonderful experience, never to be forgotten. This year we are excited about playing in Falmouth again and Portmagee Shanty Festival in County Kerry along with many other festivals in England and Wales. Contact:

The Vagrants Crew sponsored by The Grapes Inn 53



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Call in and join us for .... al fresco lunch out on the terrace or lawn, afternoon tea or drinks in our Castle View Bar or Dinner in the Castle Beach Restaurant with ocean views that are second to none. Why not make the most of your visit and celebrate Father’s Day 16th June with Sunday Lunch followed by a performance by traditional shanty singers from 1.30pm email: T: 0800 019 3121 The Falmouth Hotel Castle Beach Falmouth r Cornwall r TR11 4NZ

Tom Lewis Tom Lewis is widely acknowledged as North America’s finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs and he brings to the stage wry humour, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years bridging the seagoing and folk-singing communities. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1943 and moved with his family to Gloucester, England for his Grammar School years. He joined the Royal Navy as an Engineering Apprentice in 1959, just a few days after his sixteenth birthday. He was posted to a naval training establishment in Scotland in 1960 and soon started frequenting the Howff Folk Club (in nearby Dunfermline) where he was exposed to such luminaries as Willie Scott, Alex Glasgow, Ewan McColl, Archie Fisher, John Watt, Louis Killen. Strangely, considering later developments in Tom’s interest in contemporary nautical song, one of the few folk singers he wasn’t exposed to during those extremely formative years, was Cyril Tawney. Around this time, Cyril and his songs were becoming celebrated throughout the world of folk music and soon came to have an enormous influence on Tom’s own development as a writer and entertainer. During a 24 year naval career (mainly in diesel submarines) Tom managed to juggle the requirements of the service with a growing commitment to participating in folk clubs, concerts and festivals. After leaving the Royal Navy he emigrated to Canada and in 1987 produced his very successful debut album Surfacing.

Tom Lewis sponsored by The Falmouth Hotel Performing at the Hotel during the Father’s Day Lunch 55

Treverva Male Voice Choir

Musical Director – John Adams, Deputy MD – Terry Reed Accompanist – Ruth Bray In a small Cornish village, just inland from the port of Falmouth, a few cottages cluster around a Methodist Chapel. The Chapel looks out over a beautiful panoramic partly wooded valley, an idyllic setting. Treverva Male Voice Choir, “born” in 1936, traces its origins back to the Treverva Quartet. The late great Edgar Kessell (awarded the MBE in 1975 for his services to music) formed the choir and he directed them up until the outbreak of World War II. Throughout its 77 year history, the choir has been based at Treverva Chapel, using its facilities for both practices and concerts. Unfortunately the Chapel closed in July 2012 and the choir have since made a New Home at “The Space”, a hall for the community situated in the grounds of the Penryn Rugby Club. The Choir have travelled widely in the British Isles, Europe, also America and has enjoyed many successes in County and National Music Festivals. There has been a variety of venues and the Choir have performed in Truro Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, in the depths of Wheal Concorde and 35,000 feet up on route to America. In November of this year, some members are going to London for the Mass Cornish Voices Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.



Vent de Noroise

Vent de Noroise is a group which livens up many parties, concerts and events based around the theme of the sea. Since 2001 this joyful group of musicians has toured concert halls, and festivals in France and abroad, sharing their passion for maritime culture and traditions, and their taste for fun, lively music. The group is made up of singers and musicians who come from different regions of France, mostly from Brittany, but also Corsica, Vendee and Pas de Calais. This cultural diversity allows Vent de Noroise to sing traditional Breton shanties , but also to draw from other cultures, (Mediterranean, Irish, Quebec). Their program also includes more and more songs they have written themselves, expressing their passion for the sea and the sailors.


Wareham Whalers

The Wareham Whalers have been rocking the boat with our powerful shanties since 2004. Over that time we have seen many changes, but our Commodore, Dave Wheatley remains at the helm. We sing Shanties as they would have been sung for work on board ship and for the rare moments of recovery down below. We aim to capture the strength of this music and ensure that there is never a dull moment when the Whalers are about! Somebody once made the mistake of spelling our name Wareham Wailers – our Bosun ensured that that would never be repeated. As well as our performances we also run hour long workshops illustrating the history of Shanty singing and showing how the shanties were used‌. with real rope! We are indomitable supporters of the Falmouth International Shanty Festival, and can be seen all over the town during that weekend. Closer to our home port of Wareham, we support our local RNLI, and collect charity money for the Wareham and Purbeck Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Wareham Whalers sponsored by The Watersports Association


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.


KaneriEn Trozoul

Kanerien Trozoul was formed in 1991. The crew is based in TrÊbeurden, a lovely little port of the north coast of Brittany. For more than 20 years, Kanerien Trozoul has performed about 150 times, on stage or in the street, from Brest to Paimpol and Caen. They have also performed in Wales, Italy and Belgium. Our repertoire consists mainly of French songs but we love singing in English as well as in other languages like Breton, Italian and Russian. Shanties and ballads are performed either a capella or with instruments. Kanerien Trozoul is often requested by charity organisations, and when available, all singers enjoy performing. This time, in Falmouth, we’ll be proud to share some French songs, some pints of Cornish beer and our psychological support with new friends.


Real Ale of Old England Come sit yourself down With me on the ground While I tell you an old Cornish Tale How from over the sea From the Isle of Jersey Came Skinner, the brewer of ale Chorus : Real Ale of Old England From Tamar to Tyne But Betty’s a fine Cornish gal For west of the Tamar The real ales of fame are Brewed by the banks of the Fal

King Arthur lived here And he knew his beer He drank Stogs from the true Holy Grail. From Facebook to Twitter She’s Britain’s best bitter Betty Stogs is the queen of real ale

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Pretty Betty don’t fail For we’ll carry your pail Your pail full of pale Cornish Ale. Oh queen Betty Stogs In your corsets and cloggs You’re a delicate, dainty female Chorus There’s a lady called Betty More powerful than pretty An iconic marketing ploy She’s lovely large tits But there’s male gender bits Hidden under her skirts - she’s a boy! Chorus The stories are legion of a singing Norwegian Who at once fell in love with Miss Stogs And she took a liking To the handsome young viking With a body like Noggin the Nog. Chorus


BULLY IN THE ALLEY Chorus: So – Help me Bob, I’m a bully in the alley. Way – Hey, bully in the alley! So – Help me Bob, I’m a bully in the alley. Bully on the Shimbo now! Well – Sally is the girl who comes from our alley, Way – Hey, bully in the alley! Well – Sally is the girl from Shimbo alley. Bully on the Shimbo now! Chorus When I get to St Lou’ well, I’ll go-and-see my Sally Way – Hey, bully in the alley! I’ll throw-her a-line – make fast in the alley. Bully on the Shimbo now! Chorus Well I made damn sure that I’d-tied-up-at-her quay, Way – Hey, bully in the alley! She told-me-that her heart was set on me! Bully on the Shimbo now! Chorus Well Sally, she’s a bright Mulatto beauty! Way – Hey, bully in the alley! And Sally is a gal who surely knows her duty! Bully on the Shimbo now! Chorus Well, its time to leave and I’m going-to-slip my cable, Way – Hey, bully in the alley! I’ll go-and-see my Sally as often as I’m able. Bully on the Shimbo now! Chorus (quietly) Chorus (loud)


Spanish Ladies Farewell and adieu to you Spanish ladies, Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain. For we’ve received orders to sail for old England, We hope in a short time to see you again. Chorus: We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Cornish sailors We’ll rant and we’ll roar all on the salt sea Until we strike sounding in the channel of old England. From the Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues. We hove our ship to, with the wind from the Sou`west boys. We hove our ship to, deep sounding to take. In forty five fathoms with a fine sandy bottom, We filled our main tops’l, up channel to make. Chorus The first land we sighted it was called the Dodman. Next Rame Head off Plymouth, Start, Portsmouth and Wight. We sailed on by Beachy, by Fairlight and Dover, And then we bore up for the South Foreland Light. Chorus Now let every man drink up his full bumper. And let every man drink up his full glass. And let us be jolly and drown melancholy. Each drink to the health of his true-hearted lass. We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Cornish sailors We’ll rant and we’ll roar all on the salt sea. Until we strike sounding in the channel of old England. From the Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues.


Sloop John B We came on the Sloop John B, My grand pappy and me. Around Nassau town we did roam. Drinking all night, Got into a fight. I feel so broke up, I want to go home.

The poor cook he got sick, And he threw away all my grits. Then he took and he ate up all of my corn. Let me go home. I want to go home. I feel so broke up. I want to go home.


Hoist up the John B sails. See how the main sail sets Call for the Captain ashore I want to go home. I want to go home. I want to go home This is the worst ship I’ve ever been on.

Hoist up the John B sails. See how the main sail sets Call for the Captain ashore I want to go home. I want to go home. I want to go home I feel so broke up, I want to go home. Now the Captains a wicked man, He gets drunk when-ever he can, And he don’t give a dam for grandpappy and me. He knocks us around and he kicks us about. I feel so broke up I want to go home. Chorus Now the first mate he got drunk, And he broke in the Captains trunk. And the constable had to come and take him away. Sherriff John Stone, Why don’t you leave me alone. I feel so broke up I want to go home. Chorus


Chorus Chorus Quietly Chorus.

Drunken Sailor What shall we do with the drunken sailor? What shall we do with the drunken sailor? What shall we do with the drunken sailor? Earl-eye in the morning Chorus: Hooray an up she rises Hooray an up she rises Hooray an up she rises Earl-eye in the morning Put ‘im in the longboat ‘til he’s sober Tie ‘im to the rail when she’s yard arm under Put ‘im in the scuppers with a hose pipe on him Take an’ shake an’ try an wake ‘im! Shave ‘is belly with a rusty razor Keel-haul ‘im, keel-haul ‘im Give ‘im a lick of the bosun’s nine tails That’s what we’ll do with a drunken sailor


Leave Her Johnny Oh the work was hard and the wages low. Leave her Johnny leave her. I guess it’s time for us to go. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus: Leave here Johnny, leave her Oh leave her Johnny leave her. Oh the voyage is done and the winds don’t blow And it’s time for us to leave her. I thought I heard the old man say. Leave her Johnny leave her. Tomorrow you will get your pay. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus The winds blew foul and the seas run high Leave her Johnny leave her. We shipped ‘em green and none went by And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus The Mate was a bucko and the Old Man a Turk. Leave her Johnny, leave her. And the Bosun was a beggar with the middle name of work. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus


The Old Man swears and the Mate swears to. Leave her Johnny leave her. The crew all swear and so would you. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus The starboard pump is like the crew. Leave her Johnny leave her. It’s all worn out and will not do. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus The rats have gone and we the crew. Leave her Johnny leave her. It’s time be damned that we went to. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus Well I pray that we shall ne’er more see. Leave her Johnny leave her. A hungry ship the likes of she. And it’s time for us to leave her. Chorus

A Drop of Nelson’s Blood Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm And we’ll all hang on behind. Chorus: So we’ll roll the old chariot along An’ we’ll roll the old chariot along. So we’ll roll the old chariot along An’ we’ll all hang on behind! Oh, a spell up in the crows nest wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh, a night watch below wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh, a plate of Irish stew wouldn’t do us any harm etc Oh a nice Plum Duff wouldn’t do us any harm etc Oh a nice fat cook wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh a night upon the shore wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh, a night with the gals wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh, a night in Bodmin gaol wouldn’t do us any harm Oh a spot of keel haulin’ wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh, a prayer from the Rev. wouldn’t do us any harm etc. Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm A drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm A drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm And we’ll all hang on behind.

Nelson’s body was brought back to England preserved in a cask of brandy. Whether or not, as was rumoured, the cask was tapped by an ingenious tar on the voyage home, the sailor’s rum ration was thereafter referred to as ‘Nelson’s Blood’!


South Australia To South Australia we are born, Heave away, haul away, South Australia, round Cape Horn, We’re bound for South Australia. Chorus: Haul away you rolling King, Heave away, haul away, Haul away you’ll hear me sing, We’re bound for South Australia. As I went out one morning fair, Heave away, haul away, Was there I met Miss Nancy fair, We’re bound for South Australia. Chorus I shook her up, I shook her down, Heave away, haul away, I shook her round and round Cape Town, We’re bound for South Australia. Chorus Now there’s one thing that grieves my mind, Heave away, haul away, To leave Miss Nancy Blair behind, We’re bound for South Australia. Chorus As we went down around Cape Horn, Heave away, haul away, You’d wish to God you’d never been born, We’re bound for South Australia. Chorus And now we’re on Australian Strand, Heave away, Haul away, With a bottle of whiskey in our hands, We’re bound for South Australia. Chorus


Hanging Johnny Oh they calls me Hangin’ Johnny Away boys away They sez I hangs fer money So hang boys hang! They sez I hangs fer money But hangin’ is so funny At first I hanged me daddy And then I hanged me mammy Oh yes I hanged me mother Me sister and me brother And then I hanged me granny I hanged her up quite canny I hanged me sister Sally I hanged the whole damn family I’d hang the mate and skipper I’d hang em by the flipper I’d hang a ruddy copper I’d give ‘im the long dropper A rope, a beam, a ladder I’d hang yez all together We’ll hang and haul together We’ll hang for better weather

One of the most popular halyard shanties. Life was hard, brutal and death was never far away. Sentimental verses were never sung. Many verses were needed to hoist the t’gallants, so everybody they had any grouse about was ‘hung’!


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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival  

Friday 14 June- Sunday 16th June 2013 at mulitple venues throughout Falmouth Cornwall UK. Shanty singing takes place over the three days. Th...

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival  

Friday 14 June- Sunday 16th June 2013 at mulitple venues throughout Falmouth Cornwall UK. Shanty singing takes place over the three days. Th...