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Contents Welcome


The Programme Friday Saturday Sunday Map of the venues The Shanty Scene The RNLI

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The Groups Alan Whitbread Baldrick’s Plan The Barnacle Buoys Bone Idol Bosun’s Call Cadgwith Singers Cape Cornwall Singers Dutch Uncle Exmouth Shantymen The Falmouth Fish Falmouth Shout Fishermans Friends Flash Jack Hobsons Choice Kanerian Trouzel La Bordée Many a Mickle Mariners Away Nankersey Male Choir Naze Shanty Crew Nordet Pirates of St Piran Press Gang Rum & Shrub Scheepsfolk

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Shake A Leg 51 Sheringham Shantymen 53 55 Short Drag Roger Stamp & Go 57 Swinging the Lead 58 Tavy Tars 61 The 5 Men Not Called Matt 63 The Back Beach Boyz 64 The Bluebelle Line 65 The Longest Johns 67 The Nauti Buoys 69 The Oggymen 71 The Old Gaffers 73 Thraw’d Together 75 Treverva Male Voice Choir 76 Trim Rig & Doxy 77 Two Anchors 79 The Vagrants Crew 81 Wareham Whalers 82

The Songs

A Drop of Nelson’s Blood 84 All For Me Grog 85 Blow the Man down 86 Bound for the Rio Grande 87 Bye Bye my Roseanna 88 Cornish Lads 89 Drunken Sailor 90 Hanging Johnny 91 John Kanaka 92 New York Girls 93 South Australia 94 Spanish Ladies 95 Trelawney 96 Betty Stogs 97 Discount Vouchers 104 Official Programme & Song Book suggested donation £4.00. 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


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International Sea Shanty Festival

WELCOME Welcome to the eleventh World renowned Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2014. We have a huge variety of groups performing this year, forty eight in total: from here in Cornwall, from across the UK and also internationally. This year as well as ‘Skinner’s Brewery’ being a main sponsor since the inception of the festival we have also partnered with ‘Seasalt Cornwall’ as an additional main sponsor, this is a very positive addition to the event. 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. Thank you also to the performers, the venue providers, the sound engineers, Skinner’s Brewery & Seasalt Cornwall for their support as the festivals main sponsors, 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 #LoveFalmouth 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 2015 and we hope to see you then! Richard Gates Chairman, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Committee & Falmouth Town Manager

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2015 12-14 June For sponsorship, advertisements & group enquiries: 2

Festival Programme Skinner’s Stage Events Square 6.30pm Opening Ceremony 7pm The Pirates of St Piran 8pm Nankersey Male Choir 9pm Shake a Leg 10pm Wareham Whalers Seasalt Stage Customs House Quay 7pm Sheringham Shantymen 8pm The Oggymen 9pm The Pirates of St Piran 10pm Flash Jack The Seven Stars - The Moor 7pm Mariners Away 8pm Kanerien Trozoul 9pm Falmouth Shout 10pm The Vagrants Crew The Front 7pm La Bordée 8pm Wareham Whalers 9pm The Falmouth Fish 10pm Scheepsfolk Shipwrights (Chainlocker) 7pm The Barnacle Buoys 8pm The Vagrants Crew 9pm Naze Shanty Crew 10pm Rum & Shrub Five Degrees West 7pm The Falmouth Fish 8pm The Nauti Buoys 9pm Mariners Away 10pm La Bordée Watersports Centre 7pm Shake a Leg 8pm Press Gang 9pm The Barnacle Buoys 10pm Sheringham Shantymen Quayside Inn 7pm The Longest Johns 8pm Trim Rig and a Doxy 9pm Two Anchors 10pm Swinging the Lead

Friday 13 June Bells Court 7pm Five Men not called Matt 8pm Tavy Tars 9pm Thraw’d Together 10pm The Nauti Buoys Old Brewery Yard 7pm Alan Whitbread 8pm Viv Robertson 9pm Many a Mickle 10pm Kanerien Trozoul The Grapes 7pm Naze Shanty Crew 8pm Flash Jack 9pm Five Men not called Matt 10pm Press Gang Jacobs Ladder 7pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 8pm The Old Gaffers 9pm Short Drag Roger 10pm Nordet Seaview Inn 7pm Short Drag Roger 8pm Nordet 9pm Alan Whitbread 10pm The Old Gaffers Provedore Tapas Bar & Cafe 8pm Rum & Shrub 9pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle King Charles the Martyr Church 7pm Thraw’d Together 8pm Scheepsfolk Five Degrees Below 7pm Many a Mickle 8pm Swinging the Lead 9pm The Longest Johns 10pm The Oggymen Programme correct at time of going to print


Festival Programme Skinner’s Stage Events Square 12pm Kanerien Trozoul 1pm Flash Jack 2pm Falmouth Shout 3pm Nordet 4pm The Nauti Buoys 5pm Sheringham Shantymen 6pm Five Men not called Matt 7pm The Back Beach Boyz 8pm Trim Rig and a Doxy 9pm La Bordée 10pm The Old Gaffers Seasalt Stage Customs House Quay 12pm The Vagrants Crew 1pm Tavy Tars 2pm La Bordée 3pm Shake a Leg 4pm Mariners Away 5pm Rum & Shrub 6pm Bone Idol 7pm Press Gang 8pm Sheringham Shantymen 9pm Flash Jack 10pm Cadgwith Singers The Seven Stars - The Moor 12pm Scheepsfolk 1pm Hobson’s Choice 2pm Wareham Whalers 3pm The Pirates of St Piran 4pm Stamp & Go 5pm The Falmouth Fish 6pm Many a Mickle 7pm The Barnacle Buoys 8pm Short Drag Roger 9pm Mariners Away 10pm Five Men not called Matt The Front 12pm Nordet 1pm Wellington Wailers 2pm Five Men not called Matt 3pm The Longest Johns 4pm Flash Jack 4

Saturday 14 June 5pm Falmouth Shout 6pm Short Drag Roger 7pm The Nauti Buoys 8pm The Old Gaffers 9pm Tavy Tars 10pm The Vagrants Crew Shipwrights (Chainlocker) 12pm Shake a Leg 1pm The Old Gaffers 2pm Trim Rig and a Doxy 3pm Naze Shanty Crew 4pm The Barnacle Buoys 5pm Exmouth Shanty Men 6pm Alan Whitbread 7pm The Longest Johns 8pm Stamp & Go 9pm Falmouth Shout 10pm The Oggymen Five Degrees West 12pm Exmouth Shanty Men 1pm Sheringham Shantymen 2pm Rum & Shrub 3pm Scheepsfolk 4pm Swinging the Lead 5pm Hobson’s Choice 6pm Stamp & Go 7pm Cape Cornwall Singers 8pm Naze Shanty Crew 9pm Kanerien Trozoul 10pm The Pirates of St Piran Watersports Centre 1pm Bones Workshop 2pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 3pm The Old Gaffers 4pm Kanerien Trozoul 5pm Baldrick’s Plan 6pm Viv Robertson 7pm La Bordée 8pm Bone Idol 9pm Wareham Whalers 10pm Cape Cornwall Singers

Festival Programme Seasalt Shop 2pm The Barnacle Buoys 3pm The Vagrants Crew 4pm Tavy Tars 5pm The Pirates of St Piran Quayside Inn 12pm Many a Mickle 1pm The Back Beach Boyz 2pm The Oggymen 3pm The Navy Larks 4pm Thraw’d Together 5pm Aggie Boys Choir 6pm Wareham Whalers 7pm Tavy Tars 8pm Cadgwith Singers 9pm Rum & Shrub 10pm The Nauti Buoys Bells Court 1pm Viv Robertson 2pm Swinging the Lead 3pm Aggie Boys Choir 7pm The Navy Larks 8pm Bosun’s Call 9pm Two Anchors 10pm Nordet Old Brewery Yard 1pm Thraw’d Together 2pm Two Anchors 3pm Wellington Wailers 7pm Kanerien Trozoul 8pm The Falmouth Fish 9pm The Navy Larks 10pm Bone Idol The Grapes 1pm Mariners Away 2pm Short Drag Roger 3pm Viv Robertson 4pm Five Men not called Matt 5pm The Back Beach Boyz 6pm The Bluebelle Line 7pm The Pirates of St Piran 8pm The Oggymen

Saturday 14 June 9pm Hobson’s Choice 10pm Shake a Leg Falmouth Art Gallery 2pm Alan Whitbread 3pm Alan Whitbread Jacobs Ladder 1pm The Longest Johns 2pm Baldrick’s Plan 3pm The Falmouth Fish 6pm Naze Shanty Crew 7pm Flash Jack 8pm Viv Robertson 9pm Swinging the Lead Seaview Inn 1pm The Falmouth Fish 2pm Many a Mickle 3pm Hobson’s Choice 6pm Bosun’s Call 7pm Swinging the Lead 8pm Thraw’d Together 9pm Aggie Boys Choir 10pm The Back Beach Boyz Provedore Tapas Bar & Cafe 8pm Many a Mickle 9pm Wellington Wailers Five Degrees Below 1pm Naze Shanty Crew 2pm Bone Idol 3pm The Bluebelle Line 4pm Press Gang 5pm The Longest Johns 6pm Two Anchors 7pm Open Mic 8pm Alan Whitbread 9pm Baldrick’s Plan 10pm Trim Rig and a Doxy Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (Marquee) 7-9pm The Vagrants Crew Princes Pavilion 7pm Shanties & Sea Songs Concert


Festival Programme King Charles the Martyr Church 10am Shake a Leg 11am Bone Idol Skinner’s Stage Events Square 12pm Thraw’d Together 1pm Fisherman’s Friends 2pm Scheepsfolk 3pm The Pirates of St Piran 4pm Sheringham Shantymen 5pm Finale/Closing Ceremony Seasalt Stage Customs House Quay 12pm Falmouth Shout 1pm Naze Shanty Crew 2pm The Longest Johns 3pm Treverva Male Voice Choir The Seven Stars - The Moor 12pm Flash Jack 1pm Wellington Wailers 2pm The Vagrants Crew 3pm La Bordée The Front 12pm Kanerien Trozoul 1pm Short Drag Roger 2pm Five Men not called Matt 3pm Flash Jack Shipwrights (Chainlocker) 12pm Sheringham Shantymen 1pm Falmouth Fish 2pm Thraw’d Together 3pm Two Anchors Five Degrees West 12pm Mariners Away 1pm Rum & Shrub 2pm Nordet 3pm Short Drag Roger Watersports Centre 11am Bones Workshop 12pm The Navy Larks 1pm Two Anchors 2pm Mariners Away 3pm The Oggymen 6

Sunday 15 June Seasalt Shop 12pm The Longest Johns 1pm Trim Rig and a Doxy 2pm Bone Idol 3pm Press Gang Quayside Inn 12pm Alan Whitbread 1pm The Nauti Buoys 2pm The Barnacle Buoys 3pm Shake a Leg Bells Court 12pm The Back Beach Boyz 1pm Bosun’s Call & Dutch Uncle 2pm Falmouth Shout 3pm Naze Shanty Crew Old Brewery Yard 12pm Aggie Boys Choir 1pm The Oggymen 2pm Viv Robertson 3pm The Old Gaffers The Grapes 12pm Nordet 1pm Wareham Whalers 2pm Alan Whitbread 3pm Falmouth Fish Jacobs Ladder 12pm The Vagrants Crew 1pm The Old Gaffers Falmouth Hotel 1pm The Pirates of St Piran 2pm Many a Mickle Five Degrees Below 12pm Five Men not called Matt 1pm La Bordée 2pm The Back Beach Boyz 3pm Wellington Wailers Programme correct at time of going to print

THE SHANTY SCENE First of all, a very big welcome to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. When I was first asked to write about the current shanty scene I felt both excited and daunted… was the glass half full or half empty?? The loss of several large festivals all over the UK suggested that this part of our great maritime heritage was in danger of disappearing, but then news of other new festivals began to circulate so perhaps all was not lost!! The news of events in Europe and the USA all contributed to the feeling that there was good news on the horizon. Then came the sounds of newly written songs – many here in Cornwall – listen over the weekend and you will hear many of them, and I am sure that you will agree with me! This festival here in Falmouth is a supreme example of the growth that can be achieved when everyone gets together to simply enjoy great music. The last working shantyman, Stan Hugill was often quoted as saying “a good shantyman is worth 10 sailors” he was the man to get everyone working together – something which has been realised in abundance here in Falmouth. Another of his quotes that “volume is more important than tonal quality” will certainly not apply here, because this weekend you will get both – the quality of the singing will be exceptional. Essentially this music is not just for talented people to stand on a stage to sing to an audience it is for the audience to participate in – and that means you!! For me the level in my glass is certainly rising! The generosity of our sponsors, the hard work of the Council staff and the whole town of Falmouth gives me a great deal of faith in the future of the shanty scene, and so when I sit back and consider, I think that the shanty scene is on a rising tide – new venues – new songs – new, and most importantly, groups of young shantymen (and girls) taking the tradition onwards and upwards. My glass is pretty full so “Cheers!” sit back and enjoy. Feel free to pop in to have a chat with me at the Chantey Cabin alongside the Skinner’s Stage in Event Square. Jan Lardner Visit Falmouth Lifeboat Falmouth Lifeboat Station is one of a number of stations around 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 RNLI The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is extremely proud of its connection to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. It’s a perfect partnership, not least due to the obvious maritime connection. During the 10 years the RNLI has been privileged to be the official charity for the Sea Shanty Festival, more than £36,000 has been raised; a staggering amount which ensures our volunteer lifeboat crews and our lifeguards have the very best training and equipment to be able to carry out their lifesaving role. Much of the money has been raised by the wonderful Betty Stogs. From festival partners Skinner’s Brewery, Betty tirelessly pounds the streets of Falmouth during the festival collecting donations. In 2013 alone she raised a magnificent £1,808.62 and launched the Beat Betty Challenge, a fundraising competition between the Sea Shanty groups to raise money for the RNLI. 2013 was another busy one for the lifeboat crew volunteers in Cornwall and Falmouth in particular where once again they were the busiest team in the county. The crews on board the all-weather and inshore lifeboats based in the port launched 85 times and rescued 89 people. That represents 511 hours spent at sea on emergency all outs. The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to bring in the money needed to ensure it can operate a 24 hour lifesaving service. Collection boxes and tins have long been used to encourage donations from the public. Designs of these boxes have changed over the years, from simple handmade boxes to those of a more complicated design such as a lifebuoy. From the 1910’s onwards the classic RNLI collecting box took the shape of the Victorian pullingsailing lifeboats, even after the introduction of engines around 1905. More recent collection boxes also show the modern fleet and are usually made from plastic, but many retain the classic double ended lifeboat shape. An assortment of some of the RNLI’s collection boxes throughout the years forms part of Falmouth Maritime Museum’s Search and Rescue exhibition. The exhibition runs until February 2015 and offers people the chance to get up close to a host of amazing search and rescue equipment including a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter, an RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat and lifesaving equipment used by the RNLI lifeguards. New additions this spring include an interactive video featuring four of the volunteer crew from Falmouth RNLI. Viewers can ask the crew questions through the interactive video screen and learn more about what they do and what it’s like to be onboard a lifeboat during a rescue. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a seasonal lifeguard service on over 200 of the UK’s busiest beaches. The RNLI also has a flood rescue team, with RNLI volunteer teams on 24 hour standby to help deal with inland flooding both in the UK and abroad. Amy Caldwell

RNLI Public Relation Manager (South West)


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.



Peter Wray, George Chippendale and Steve Lavington are Baldrick’s Plan, an unaccompanied harmony trio specialising in traditional and more recent folk song, mainly English but with a nod and a wink to Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Based in Newlyn, their repertoire includes a fine range of fishing songs, along with a good peppering of maritime and naval songs, and the odd shanty. Their combination of stunning harmonies, exciting arrangements and relaxed good humour makes them a delight for audiences wherever they perform. They have been labelled “Penwith’s best-kept secret”…. come and share in it!



The Barnacle Buoys are made up a group of people who have known each other for many years but did not know they all had something in common, the appreciation of shanty music. After making the discovery the buoys got together in February last year and shared a pint or two in the Old Inn at Clevedon, where they are now based, and experimented with a few shanties and away they went. The Barnies have their own unique style pleasing the audiences with their strong delivery. They look forward to being in the company of the other performers at this prestigious festival. They have become very popular in the North Somerset area and have performed in aid of numerous charities including the RNLI, Children’s Hospice South West, National Trust, Motor Neurone Research, Princes Trust, Philippines Rescue Appeal and Cancer Research. The Barnies have lots of things planned for the rest of this year and beyond, but the pinnacle of their short ‘career’ is definitely performing at this year’s Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.



One Friday night after a gig race in the Isles of Scilly, the then “Bonnet” crew had consumed the exact amount of beer needed to feel that singing might be a good idea! Accompanied by the former members of ‘Mebyon Syllan’ (St. Mary’s male voice choir) who lent a guiding ear and some disapproving glances when things got too “authentic”, a nameless group were formed. Bone Idol’s sound is as natural as it gets. No group leader, no musical director and certainly no practicing (hence the name!). Our 3 or 4 part harmonies are a result of the right people in the right place at the right time. Our song choices are generally selected on how they sound or how enjoyable they are to sing, rather than factual accuracy or heartfelt lyrics. Our repertoire ranges from sea shanties to tongue twisters, traditional standards to barbershop, plus a few random selections difficult to categorise!



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


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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”

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

Cape Cornwall Singers sponsored by The Falmouth Hotels Association 21

DUTCH UNCLE Hans Weehuizen has performed four times at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, twice with his group Dutch Courage and twice 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 C19th merchantmen to put borrowed songs back on to a tall ship’s deck or a dockside tavern. Their repertoire splices together shanties sung with gusto and forebitters , delivered with pathos. The Exmouth buoys are increasingly in demand at home and abroad and have played the main stage at such folk music festivals as Sidmouth, Warwick, Banbury and Wadebridge, as well as many a village hall. The Exmouth Shanty Men played at the 2011 Tall Ships in Ireland and the 2012 Olympics at Weymouth. They have visited France, Belgium, Holland and Poland, where they were recently awarded the Stan Hugill Trophy for the “most authentic shanties”. They have appeared on national television and radio both here and in Europe but can still be found with a song and a pint most Tuesdays in an Exmouth harbourside pub. They have four albums to their name.


The Falmouth Fish

The Falmouth Fish Sea Shanty Collective first took to the waves in 2009. From humble beginnings in the inns of Falmouth, the Fish took their music far and wide, performing in pubs and festivals both in Britain and abroad. The Fish mix heart-thumping sea songs, soulful ballads of loss and love with songs of less orthodox origin and by sheer coincidence are releasing their second album in time for the festival. With a small change in crew from years past, The Fish offer the same unique blend of singing styles and are as happy singing in mystical boulder-strewn Breton valleys as they are on the stage. The Falmouth Fish are back to sing, drink ale, and sing while drinking ale. Their collective seamanship skills are still poorer than that of the residents of the average landlocked cattery.

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A group of friends who started singing together for fun 11 years ago. Now 11 years on much to our surprise we have sung in France, Ireland, England and the biggest surprise of all Truro Cathederal. Most of our singing has been for the RNLI who many of us have links with. Indeed we performed at The Lighthouse Centre in Poole last year for the retiring RNLI Director of Operations. We have also been very proud to sing for The Mission to Fishermen, Seafarers UK and The Parachute Regiment Association. Last Christmas most of the Shout helped out with the first RNLI Carols in the Square at Events Square which was a success. It has been good to think that we have helped these organisations and what fantastic fun we have had doing so. Alan Barnes MBE Chairman of Falmouth Shout

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FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS A big ‘Thank You’ from the Fisherman’s Friends. The Fisherman’s Friends, from up on the north Cornish coast in the tiny village of Port Isaac, are just what it says on the can. Formed over twenty years ago, they are lifelong friends, three of whom are still lobster fishermen, and the others either all ex-fishermen, lifeboatmen and auxiliary coastguards. They have taken part in the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival from its first year, and relish the atmosphere and chance to join in with others and meet up with old friends from around the country. There’s has been a remarkable story; they were discovered by the music industry in 2009 and awarded a ‘million pound’ recording contract with Universal Records. Their first album, Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, sold nearly 200,000 copies and was awarded a gold disc as the highest selling folk CD of all time. They received a ‘Best Tradition’ Award at the 2011 Radio 2 Folk Awards, and amongst other engagements have appeared at the Festival Hall, at the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant and on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, as well as numerous TV and radio slots. There has been a book, a documentary and a movie is in the offing. 2014 marks a comeback for the group, who were beset with a terrible tragedy in early 2013 when they lost founder member and old friend Trevor Grills and tour manager Paul McMullen in a freak accident whilst away on tour. They did not perform for a year whilst coming to terms with their shock and grief. The Fisherman’s Friends were extremely thankful for all the support and love they received during what for them has been a very dark time. Their re-appearance was in the Albert Hall earlier this year when they received an emotional standing ovation from a packed house. Their unique and powerful sound is back, and they are delighted to be singing weekly down by the harbour in Port Isaac, taking in the odd festival, and most especially to be back with all their friends in Falmouth. Thank you ‘One and All’. 28

Flash Jack

Since starting to perform as Flash Jack, we have been privileged to be invited to this great shanty festival for three years running. Last year saw the launch of our first CD during the festival and we still have some left to sell, so we had to come back to the 2014 festival again this year! This year we will once again be encouraging audience participation in singing along with our songs and dancing to our tunes, whilst we continue to present our ever expanding repertoire of shanties and ballads, old and new, ranging from the comic and outrageous to the tragic. Songs and tunes associated with the coast and seafaring from both home and further afield, songs from a woman’s perspective, plus a good sprinkling of those songs that we choose to call: “Songs of love, lust and loose living�! As always we look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones and contributing to the best shanty festival around.


Hobson’s Choice

Ahoy there me hearty’s! Back by popular demand and recently off remand, the buoys from Herefordshire are ‘bobbing’ back to town. Hobson’s Choice probably the most Inland Sea Shanty Group have been sent down Falmouth bound for a third stretch and the call of auditions for ‘The Voice’ safely avoided for another year! Armed with nothing but beers in hand they will be marauding south for the rich pickings of Falmouth’s Sea Shanty Fest with tales to share. The buoys have had another raucous winter, safely inland entertaining village halls packed with innocent bystanders with a mix of newly learned shanties and a bucketful of laughs. A memorable new singing genre was created with the never to be seen again ‘Shanty meets Burns’ night where haggis, tatties and neaps combined to raise nearly £3k for local hospices! Closer to home, some money raised by the group for the local Air Ambulance was unexpectedly used to fly shantyman ‘Barnstormer Black’ for successful treatment at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a farming accident. What was that song about the roof and petunias? All is well he’s now back on the Black stuff - the Guiness! Ladies don’t miss these buoys they are the eye candy of the fest! Check out the witty admirable ‘Admiral Amos’ , Chris beer ‘Spiller’, ‘Mike The Voice’, our own ‘Doc Martin’, Captain Kipper and ‘Pirate Pete’ to name a few. Find out what drives ‘L Trev’? Which Member has itches, and why Derek has the gravel voice! Why Captain Markey has a dress shop phobia and David wears tight pants? Listen to JT’s young man’s guide to courtship and contraception! Hobson’s Choice yet again will be ‘Putting some Buoyancy into Shanty’! Miss this at your peril! 30

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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. Once again, in Falmouth, we’ll be proud to share some French songs, some pints of Cornish beer and our psychological support with new friends.

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La Bordée

La Bordée is a male voice group of 30 singers and five musicians. Friendship, a will to share with the public their passion for beautiful music, a tribute to the maritime world surrounding them, they gave their first concert in 1998. They have laid anchor in the small harbour of Trévignon in Trégunc, their home town in Brittany, with its well known beaches and houses built in standing stones. In 14 years of existence, regulated by their weekly rehearsals, La Bordée managed to master a vast repertoire of more than 90 songs, from famous sea shanties in French, English, Breton, two, three or four part harmony, to many creations by members of the group. They have given concerts everywhere in France with remarked participations to international festivals in Brittany and Ireland. They have also regularly participated to charitable manifestations like SNSM (our local RNLI), Red Cross, League against cancer, etc... Every year they organize meetings with other choirs from different parts of France and they have, up to now, recorded 4 CDs which give a good panorama on the different sea songs in their repertoire.


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... Hear Many a Mickle on their CD, ‘What Fortunes Guide a Sailor?’ available at the festival.


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Mariners Away

Mariners Away were initially brought together in November 2007 and their first performance was for a Sail Cruising Association meeting at the Kings arms, Devon the following January. This hostelry is situated at the midpoint of the Mariners Way, a long distance coast to coast path that connected the important ports of Bideford and Dartmouth in the 18th and 19th centuries, and, no doubt, the 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 at their home port and sing at ‘away ports’ on some alternate Thursdays and during many weekends through the year. Since the 2013 Falmouth Festival they have again been busy on the pub and festival circuit including RM Stonehouse Barracks, Brixham Pirate Festival, Dartmouth Shanty Festival, weddings and pub beer festivals. Among the charities they have supported have been the RNLI, Hospice Care and Devon Air Ambulance. Mariners Away completed their first CD early last year and is now available via the website or at performances. Later this year they hope to attend the Portmagee Shanty Festival in Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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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:

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Naze Shanty Crew

Fresh from the recording studio, Naze Shanty Crew are coming back to Falmouth to launch their new CD onto an unsuspecting world! The line up of the Crew has evolved since its formation in 2000, and this year we welcome Sarah to our membership. As you can see from our photograph, we are still relaxed and happy in our work – look at our Musical Director! As well as retaining some old favourites, we have introduced some new songs to our set lists for this season which we hope the friendly Falmouth audiences will enjoy. The Crew are looking forward to the pasties and Betty Stogs’ beer, as well as meeting up with old friends, and making new ones in the welcoming atmosphere of this wonderful Festival. Don’t forget you can see us in action again, at the 9th Harwich International Shanty Festival – this year taking place from 10th to 12th October, in the historical seaport of Harwich, in Essex! See you there!



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.

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The Pirates of St Piran

Ahoy there scurvy dogs and wanton wenches! The Pirates of St. Piran are an 18th Century Pirate re-enactment and living history group based in and around the St. Austell area. We also sing a wide range of Sea shanties and traditional Cornish folk songs, all done in our own inimitable piratical style, plus many of our own, ever popular, original songs and shanties. We also perform dramatic presentations, sword fighting, canon and weapon displays as well as taking part in many educational school visits. We are a non-profit making fundraising group and our main purpose is to raise money for local charities including the RNLI, Children’s Hospice Southwest and the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. We also have inordinately large amounts of fun doing it. This is our 5th year at The Falmouth International Shanty Festival which is one of our favourite weekends of the year. We always look forward to sharing a chat, a song and a beer with friends old and new. We have just released or 4th CD entitled “The Pirates of St. Piran - Rock The Boat”. It is a double album (2 CDs) so come and see us if you want to purchase a copy. It is crammed full of shanties old and new mixed with our usual amusing interludes. Great fun for everyone and all profits go to our chosen charities. To find out more, to book us for an event or to find out where we will be performing over the rest of the summer, please visit our website or follow us on Facebook and twitter. Or if you are ready to release your inner pirate we always have room on deck for a few more scurvy sea dogs and wanton wenches. An them’s as dies ‘ll be the lucky ones.


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The Press Gang

The Press Gang was formed in June 2012 when a group of friends in the St Austell Bay area, many of them members of a popular male voice choir, discovered a mutual passion for traditional Cornish pub singing and shanties. Just two years on, we have already performed approaching 50 gigs, including our maiden appearance at the Falmouth Shanty Festival in 2013. We have been invited to sing at various Beer and Fish Festivals, the Bedruthan Steps, Trenython and Fowey Hotels, and pubs and clubs from Bodmin to the Roseland – as well as aboard the Greenpeace ship ‘Arctic Sunrise’ while anchored in Fowey Harbour! Our songs and shanties, all telling tales of Cornwall and the sea, are performed with humour, passion and engaging harmonies – and occasional help from our audiences! The Press Gang aim is simple: to have fun; to entertain; and to help preserve the songs and singing traditions of Cornwall.

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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 1991 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!

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Scheepsfolk Scheepsfolk is a Dutch maritime folk group, formed in early 1995. The name Scheepsfolk is an old Dutch word and it means shipcrew As a starting group at that time, we decided to perform for small audiences only. Short after this decision the group received an invitation from Germany, Jork, where we were confronted with 1500 people sitting and waiting in a huge tent. What a beginning! Since then Scheepsfolk performs regularly at folk festivals, Sails and other nautical events in France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and UK and of course in The Netherlands as well. In Belgium last year we had the honour to perform for His Majesty King Albert and Her Majesty Queen Paola. Of course we like to play in a pub as well! Our enthusiastic crew, full of energy, plays several instruments such as accordion, guitar, banjo, accordion, harmonica, squeezebox, bohdran and upright bass. We also write our own music. Scheepsfolk sings sea songs in English, Dutch and French and sings shanties and ballads. Our music is influenced by currents from various countries, and it is always about oceans, sailors, seas, fishermen, lakes and even about swamps. And.... you always taste the salty flavor of folk! You also can hear instrumentals like whipping scottishes or swirling polkas. The crew: Jan Buijs, Philip Bos, Catharina Buijs and Remco Heemskerk. This is the third year Scheepsfolk will attend Falmouth and we are looking forward to be with you all again!


Shake a Leg

Shake-a-Leg perform purely for enjoyment, theirs and the audiences! For seven years they have been delighting people across the West Country with their varied mix of traditional and contemporary maritime songs, musical hall songs and sea shanties. You never know what to expect next during their performance; one minute a beautiful a’capella harmony, the next the driving rhythms of hurdy-gurdy, bodhran, guitar and banjo powering along “The Bonny Ship the Diamond”! At last count there were 10 different instruments on stage, and we are still working on the harp/banjo duet! Who else would choose Northumbrian small pipes to accompany a humorous tale of female emancipation? So if you want some fun, with some great music and superb songs alongside fresh arrangements to old favourites then come and join Shakea-Leg, purely for enjoyment, of course!


Sheringham Shantymen

The Sheringham Shantymen started in 1990 and 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 travel 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 6 CD’s, the most recent one being recorded in March 2014, the sales of which have enabled them to donate many thousands of pounds split between the RNLI and local charities. Inevitably they confess to enjoy performing to the 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 2014.

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Short Drag Roger

Short Drag Roger are a group of Dons from Oxford who sing traditional sea songs and shanties. We are - Don – no where I am, Don- know my name, Don – know why I’m here ... I’m sure you get the drift. We perform locally around Oxfordshire as well as farther afield travelling to sea and folk festivals around the country, educating as many people as possible about the tradition of the singing of sea shanties and songs aboard merchant sailing ships. We pride ourselves in our capability to sing a-cappella adding harmonies that are ‘different’. This is our second year visiting Falmouth and we are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible who come along and listen.


Stamp & Go Stamp and Go have been singing together for about six years.Their reluctance to leave the fire at the Watering Hole Perranporth and walk home across the cold dark beach after weekly singing sessions with The Perraners was the starting point for this well known shanty group. They have sung from Orkney to The Minack, twice at the Lorient Celtic Festival, and underwater for a photographic exhibition in aid of The Shipwrecked Mariners Society. They enjoyed being part of the crew and resident shanty group on a Tall Ship, and singing for The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at a private party. Stamp and Go were delighted to be asked in 2013 to sing on HMS Warrior in Portsmouth and are pleased to be invited again to the 2014 Falmouth International Shanty Festival Each year in April they organise the ‘Perranporth SHOUT’ sea song and shanty festival. Their latest CD ‘Prussia Tracks’ was released in January.

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Swinging the Lead

Hailing from Kent, ‘Swinging the Lead’ are making their first appearance at Falmouth this year. Resident shanty singers on the Cutty Sark at Greenwich, the Thames Sailing Barge ‘Edith May’ and regular performers at Harwich and Deal Maritime Festivals. Swinging the Lead performed at the Tall Ships regatta last year and plan to return this year to perform at the finish of The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta in September 2014. The lads consisting of Dave, Stephen, Pete, Joe, and Colin all have a passion for Maritime Music, Historic Ships and sailing. Some of the band members have Tall Ship sailing experience and some are regulars on the Woolwich Ferry! ‘Swinging The Lead’ will be running their own competition during the festival and invite you to comment on their Facebook page by completing the following phrase: “The best place for a Shanty singer is.....................................................................” -Lead/111774955577294


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Tavy Tars Now in their second decade of singing together, the Tavy Tars have been venturing further afield with their rollicking shanties and songs of the sea. But still the Falmouth Shanty Festival is a highlight of the year, and they are pleased to be back for the seventh time. The Tavy Tars have developed strong links with the RNLI, enjoying raising funds for them across Devon and Cornwall, and are donating 50% of the proceeds of their new CD to the organisation.

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The 5 Men Not Called Matt

The puzzling thing about the Five Men Not Called Matt is there are at Least 6 of them, and on occasions there are 7 and one of them is a woman. No we don’t mean Betty Stogs, lovely as she is, we mean Michelle Welborn, a singer of some repute in the Milton Keynes district. The five Men plus or minus Michelle can be seen in the many venues around town, raising glasses and funds for deserving causes such as the RNLI. Look out for us at the Shout. Mines a pint of Skinners please.

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The Back Beach Boyz

The Back Beach Boyz shanty crew were formed 1st February 2013, named after Teignmouth’s famous Back Beach where everyone meets to watch the sunsets and socialise, with Hawaiian shirts inspired by the 60’s group the Beach Boys. Our ancestral home is The Workshop at The Red Rock Micro Brewery, Bishopsteignton, where we rehearse on alternate Fridays nights and check on the quality of the local spring water! Intervening Fridays you’ll find us performing at other local hostelries and venues. Our crew motto is “We are drinkers with a singing problem”, having fun and raising money for charity. We do this by performing at charity events, beer festivals and pub nights for free and we pass around buckets with the money going to the designated charity on the evening. Those benefiting this year have been Ride On - Cycling For All (www. and Support4co (Support for Children’s Oncology), the RNLI and CLIC. We are delighted to be part of this year’s festival.



The Bluebelle Line is a group of ‘girls’ that have been meeting weekly to sing for more than 15 years. We sing unaccompanied, a variety of music predominantly world folk music and shanty’s. We do not classify ourselves in any way as formally as a ‘choir’ or ‘chorus’ but as a group of women who love to sing and as a sum of our parts. Albeit a small group we have a big heart! The Bluebelle line prides itself in singing in unusual places as well as the more conventional singing establishments; we love to find new qualities of acoustics, which add to our harmonies. A favourite is beneath the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth when the tide is out!! We hope your enjoy our songs as much as we enjoy singing them.



The Longest Johns The Longest Johns is a four-man, a capella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. Formed in the early summer of 2012 and hailing from the Bristol area, they purvey popular maritime songs alongside more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. Their debut EP, ‘Bones in the Ocean’ containing 5 selfpenned originals, was released in spring 2013 to widespread acclaim from the folk community. In the live sphere, the chaps continue to make a name for themselves and their performances on the local scene and beyond, having entertained crowds at the Perranporth SHOUT, Falmouth International Shanty Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival and the London 2012 Olympic Park, played gigs at The Fleece and The Louisiana in Bristol and supported Duke Special in Thornbury. As they continue to hone their craft of blending traditional harmonies with cutting edge songwriting and storytelling, a steady stream of originals in their own distinctive style are appearing. The future looks bright for this 4-piece, whose simple aim is to entertain and maintain a history of classic folk music from the British Isles and beyond.

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The Nauti Buoys

We are a Dartmouth based shanty band who have been described as being four old fools and a drink problem! We combine traditional sea songs and humour with high energy performances probably quite dangerous in people of our age! Since being formed in 2008 the band has gone from strength to strength and in February Alister, Richard and Mike were joined by Michel Lemoigne, an amazing percussionist from Brittany who has travelled the world following the weird and the wonderful in music (oh, he’s also a pretty accomplished traditional shipwright as well). We were also joined in March by violinist Theresa Hinks who’s playing lends both haunting and dynamic aspects to our performances. Our music is the songs and tunes about the sea. As a band we live near it, we use it for our living and leisure and have our family history entwined with it. However we do try not to take ourselves too seriously!


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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

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THE Old Gaffers

The Old Gaffers are pleased to be returning to Falmouth for the 11th International Sea Shanty Festival, for a weekend of fun and song and to meet up with friends both old and new. The crew, based in South Devon, formed in 2010 from a group of likeminded guys who enjoy singing together with the odd pint. With an extensive repertoire of shanties and sea songs we have performed at a variety of interesting events and venues, including open-air concerts, funerals, quaysides and churches. In 2013 we released our second album, featured on local and national BBC radio and television, raised over £2000 for Prostate Cancer UK and over a £1000 for the RNLI and Devon Air Ambulance and …….. managed to fit in 57 gigs at 44 different venues, including 4 festivals. A great year! 2014 looks like it’s going to be another busy year too with bookings coming in thick and fast and dates already confirmed as far ahead as January 2015. Check out our gigs page at and follow us on Facebook.

The Old Gaffers sponsored by The Seaview Inn


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.

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Treverva Male Voice Choir

Musical Director – Roger Pinsent 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 78 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 also some members have joined in the Mass Cornish Voices Concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall.


Trim Rig And a Doxy Trim Rig and a Doxy are Derek and Julia Batters. Organisers of the Ellesmere Port Sea Shanty Festival and Hosts of the Liverpool Sea Shanty Session ‘Off the Starboard Bow’. Their love of folk music and the traditional songs of the sea has grown into a vibrant and harmonious relationship as a leading shanty duo. The saucy nature of many shanties is enhanced by Derek’s timing and heart-felt delivery of the lyrics while Julia’s fluid and beautiful melodeon accompaniment results in performances that are warm, humorous and perfectly timed, as well as highly musical. As traditional working songs of the sea, sea shanties can also be raucous and romantic and Trim Rig and a Doxy, ensure the original meaning comes across in each performance. If you love traditional music delivered with strength, clarity and simplicity, then Trim Rig and a Doxy are sure to delight you and your audiences. Regulars on the European and UK shanty scenes, Trim Rig and a Doxy have performed at festivals including: Liverpool Maritime Festival, Liverpool, UK; Festival Maritm, Vegesack, Breman, Germany; Festival du chant de Marin, Paimpol, Brittany, France and Zuiderzee Museum, Enkuizen, The Netherlands. Away from festivals, they are equally happy playing the main stage or the more intimate surroundings of a public house. Their enjoyment of the music is infectious and stands them in good stead whether they are performing in their own right, or hosting singarounds and shanty evenings.


Two Anchors

The 2 Anchors are a 5 piece shanty band from Gloucester and first formed as a 4-piece shanty crew singing songs of the sea and shanties in 2007. Due to various circumstances this first incarnation of the group last sang together in 2009 and disbanded shortly thereafter. The group re-formed with a completely different line-up behind two of the original members in 2012 and love to entertain crowds in large and small venues with their special brand of shantynanigans. Since then they have entertained audiences in Bristol, Gloucester, and Swindon and have appeared at many folk festivals and clubs throughout the country. Especially noted for the energy they put into their performances crowd participation is encouraged and a party atmosphere created with a skilful blend of harmonies and foot stomping action. Expect singing with gusto and drive, percussive melodies and come wanting a good time! You know when you’ve been 2 Anchored.


The Vagrants Crew

Once again, the Crew are delighted to have been invited to Falmouth this year. Everyone is looking forward to it immensely, not only to be taking part but for the opportunity to meet up with old friends and hopefully making new ones. This year is already becoming quite busy with such events as Ellesmere Port at Easter, Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts, Ireland in May, Fish Week and Seafair Haven, Milford Haven in June and many others. With an average age that is classified information, the Crew have been and will continue to try and keep the heritage of traditional music alive and kicking, hopefully for the appreciation and enjoyment of future generations to come, a sentiment I’m sure we all share. Our sincere thanks to all in Falmouth for their hard work and dedication, not only in organising such a fantastic event but in their much needed support for the RNLI.

The Vagrants Crew sponsored by The Seven Stars


Wareham Whalers

Seasoned stalwarts of the Falmouth Shanty Festival - The Whalers are back again this year with loads of new songs and a string of successful gigs under our belt. Our main aims are to keep shanties alive and to take them to as wide an audience as possible. We raise money for our local Multiple Sclerosis branch and, during the year, we are also involved in a number of RNLI fundraisers. Currently we are in and out of the studio recording a new album that will go on release towards the end of the year - so that’s your Christmas present list sorted! This year - we celebrate 10 years together and we will be celebrating - and we want you to be a part of our celebrations! - Watch out for details! Whilst we get to some pretty amazing places during the year, our favourite always was, and always will be, this fantastic weekend in June and we are really looking forward to a great festival with all of you!

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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’!


ALL FOR ME GROG Chorus: And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog. All for me beer and tobacco. For I’ve spent all me tin on the lasses drinking gin, Now across the western ocean I must wander. Where are me boots, me noggin, noggin boots? All gone for beer and tobacco. For the uppers are worn out and the toes are kicked about And the soles are looking out for better weather. Chorus Where is me shirt, me noggin, noggin shirt? All gone for beer and tobacco. Though the collar is worn out and the front is knocked about The tail’s still sticking out for better weather. Chorus Now I’m sick in the head and I haven’t been to bed, Since I came ashore with me plunder. I see centipedes and snakes and I’m full of pains and aches. So I think I’ll steer a course for way out yonder. Chorus


BLOW THE MAN DOWN (Cornish Version) As I was a-walking down Killigrew Street To me way hay blow the man down Me ‘Old Friend’ the coastguard I chanced for to meet Oh give me some time to blow the man down Chorus: Blow the man down bullies, blow the man down To me way hey, blow the man down! Blow him right back to Falmouth town, Oh give me some time to blow the man down Sez ee ‘You’re that smuggler we chased yesterday’ ‘I know it’s your lugger out there in the bay!’ Sez I ‘you’re a looney, this isn’t a lark! For that there’s my clipper, she’s called ‘Cutty Sark’!’ The Coastguard ee said ‘Now don’t give me no lip’ Cos I know Cap’n Dowman does own that fine ship!’ So I sold him a dummy then smashed in his jaw He said ‘ Stop that man – he’s just broken the law!’ I dived in the crowd and soon gave ‘im the slip, Ran down to the quay and sculled out to me ship. In no time at all we were back under way Sailing for Scilly and brewing the tay.


BOUND FOR THE RIO GRANDE Our ship went a-sailing out over the bar Away O Rio And we pointed her bow to the bright Southern Star And we’re bound for the Rio Grande. Chorus: Then away boys, away, Away O Rio, So fare thee well my bonny young gals, and we’re bound for the Rio Grande. Oh the anchor is weighed and the sails they are set, And the maids we are leaving, we’ll never forget, Chorus So it’s pack up your donkey and get under way, And our wives and our sweethearts will draw our half pay. Chorus We’ve a bully good ship and a bully good crew, We’ve a bully good mate and a good skipper, too. Chorus Farewell Mary Ellen and don’t look so glum On white stocking day you’ll be drinking hot rum Chorus So its goodbye to Jenny and goodbye to Sue, And you fair Falmouth lassies, its goodbye to you, Chorus Now fill up your glasses and sing fare thee well, To all the young lasses who love us so well, Chorus And now the chain’s up, so the bosun did say, Heave up to the hawsepipe, the anchor’s aweigh. Chorus O say, was you ever down in Rio Grande? It’s there that the river runs down golden sands….


Bye Bye Roseanna The boats are sailing around the bend Bye-bye, my Roseanna All loaded down with fishermen I won’t be home tomorrow. Chorus: Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, Bye-bye, my Roseanna. Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, I won’t be home tomorrow A dollar a day’s a sailors pay Bye-bye, my Roseanna. It´s easy come, easy slip away I won’t be home tomorrow Chorus Oh Roseann, sweet Roseann Bye-bye, my Roseanna. I’m going away, but not to stay I won’t be home tomorrow. Chorus We’re sailing North, across the bay Bye-bye, my Roseanna We won’t be back for many a day I won’t be home tomorrow Chorus Oh Roseann, my Roseann Bye-bye, my Roseanna Oh Roseann, sweet Roseann I won’t be home tomorrow Chorus


CORNISH LADS From Newlyn town we used to sail, Through rain and mist and lashing gale; The mackerel shoals we hoped to find, And soon we’ve left Lands End behind. We’ve searched the Seven Stones all around; But not a sign nor shoal we found. Round Island Light is soon in sight; But Scillies are a barren ground. The winding engine used to sing; A melody to Cornish tin. And Geevor lads they all would grin, at payday on a Friday. The water now reclaims the mine; And young men talk of old men’s times. Or go to work in gold or coal; Or face a life upon the dole! The hammer of the auction man is the only sound we soon will hear; And visitors will make the noise; And order drinks from Cornish boys. We’ll do as we have done before: Go out and roam the wild world o’er. Where ever sea or ships are found; Or there’s a hole down underground!


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


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’!


JOHN KANAKA I thought I heard the old man say. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Today today it’s a holiday. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Tulai - e Oh tulai - e. John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. We’ll work tomorrow but no work to day. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. We’ll work tomorrow and we’ll earn our pay WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Tulai - e Oh tulai - e. John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. We’re bound away at the break of day. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. We’re bound away for Frisco bay. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Tulai - e Oh tulai - e. John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Them Frisco girls they got no combs. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. They comb their hair with herring back bones. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Tulai - e Oh tulai - e. John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Just one more heave and that’ll do. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. For we’re the crew to pull her through. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Tulai - e Oh tulai - e. John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. I thought I heard the old man say. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. To day to day it’s a holiday. WHU!! John Kanaka-naka tulai - e. Tulai - e Oh tulai - e. John Kanaka-naka tulai - e.



As I walked out on Broad Street, one evening in July I spied a maid upon the way, I’m a sailor boy says I Chorus: Then away, you Santee, My dear Annie. Oooh! you New York girls. Can’t yer dance the polka?! I said, “Me dear young lady, I’m a stranger in your town, I left me ship just yesterday, from Liverpool we was bound.” Chorus She said, ”Come here my sailor lad! I’ll stand to you a treat; I’ll buy you rum and brandy and good things for to eat!” Chorus So I took her out to Tiffanies; I didn’t spare expense. I bought her two gold ear-rings, boys, and they cost me fifteen cents! Chorus Then we went back to her place, a house called number four, Her mother’n all her sisters came to meet me at the door! Chorus And when we got inside the house the drinks was handed round. But the liquor was so very strong, me head went round and round! Chorus When I awoke next morning I had an aching head And there was I, Jack, lying there, stark naked on the bed! Chorus My gold watch and me pocket book, with me lady-friend had flown And there was I without a stitch, left there on me own! Chorus Well, I looked all around the room and nothing could I see But a ladies smock and pantaloons that now belonged to me! Chorus With ladies garments for a suit I wished I’d never been born! A boarding master picked me up and shipped me round the Horn! Chorus So come all you bully sailors; listen here and listen well! Them New York gals are tougher than the other side of Hell! Chorus 93

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


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.


TRELAWNEY A good sword and a trusty hand! A merry heart and true! King James’s men shall understand What Cornish lads can do! And have they fixed the where and when? And shall Trelawney die? Here’s twenty thousand Cornish men Will know the reason why! Chorus: And shall Trelawney live? And shall Trelawney die? Here’s twenty thousand Cornish men Will know the reason why! Out spake their Captain brave and bold: A merry wight was he: ‘If London Tower were Michael’s hold, We’d set Trelawney free! ‘We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land: The Severn is no stay: With “one and all,” and hand in hand, And who shall bid us nay? Chorus And when we come to London Wall, A pleasant sight to view, Come forth! come forth! ye cowards all: Here’s men as good as you. ‘Trelawney he’s in keep and hold, Trelawney he may die: But twenty thousand Cornish bold Will know the reason why Chorus


BETTY STOGS Farewell to your wines and whiskies Your brandies and your grogs I’d sail the world and back again For a pint of Betty Stogs If you’re under the weather, or green around the gills She will get your colour back and cure you of your ills For rickets, plague and scurvy, and that flu you get from hogs She’ll set you right, if you spend the night With Doctor Betty Stogs Chorus She’s tall and dark and handsome, with a head so pale and fair And the taste of her upon your lips, is way beyond compare I’d risk the mate’s displeasure, his lashings and his flogs To disobey and stow away With a pint of Betty Stogs Chorus With just one sip of Betty’s, you’ll swim the ocean wide You’ll leap up to the masthead and command the winds and tide You’ll laugh at storms and rainclouds, You’ll see through mists and fogs You’ll do all that, and you’ll never grow fat If you’re drinkin’ Betty Stogs Chorus When your rations are exhausted, you’re freezing cold and wet And the weevils in your biscuits is the only meat you’ll get When the slop they serve is only fit for throwing to the dogs You can feed the crew and the officers too, On a pint of Betty Stogs Chorus Oh Betty you have made us the men we are today Fightin’ fit and full of grit, courageous bold and gay No other balms or unctions, or nectars of the gods Will make your rudder shudder, like A pint of Betty Stogs Chorus (x 2)



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