The 85ers is a sea shanty group - all active lifeboat crew at RNLI Portishead. Fully a capella, we sing a wide range of shanties. We formed during a lock down in 2021, recording our parts on our phones and mixing it together. We have performed at Falmouth and Bristol Shanty festivals and were very honoured and proud to represent sea shanty singers on a national stage -being chosen to sing in the Coronation Choir at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle in May 2023 Facebook
Back Beach Boyz shady crew were formed 1st February 2013, named after our famous "Back Beach" where everyone meets to watch the sunsets over Dartmoor and socialise. The Hawaiian shirts are inspired by the 60's group Beach Boyz. Along with traditional shanties we write and sing songs relating to our local maritime history. http://www.backbeachboyz.co.uk
Baggyrinkle, managed by the long suffering but brilliant Terri Kennedy, are in their 29th year. Our close friendship underpins our singing. We are probably the only shanty group in the U.K. with a constitution that starts “Baggyrinkle aims to have fun”. And we do! Baggyrinkle are renowned for laughing through breakfast when at festivals – usually at Alan’s jokes and our own dreams. Although Shanties are our mainstay, we also sing mining, rural & drinking songs. https://www.facebook.com/Baggyrink
The Barnacle Buoys is a group of a cappella sea shanty singers based in
North Somerset. We exist to enjoy our craft, entertain our audiences and
raise money for our chosen charities. Our principle charities have been
the Childrens Hospice South West and the RNLI. These organisations
rely upon donations in order to provide their invaluable services to those
in real and often desperate need Barnacle Buoys
The Beach'd Buoys are a local shanty band which is linked to the Weston Ukulele Players and sometimes incorporate them in their act. Most members have had previous band involvements, although at our time of life, our main focus is to raise much-neede funds for the local Childrens Hospice at Wraxall. Come along and have a blast............. www.thebeachdbuoys.com
Escaping to brighter futures, the familiarity of the world you know or just a damned good night out. If Nashville were in Somerset, Billy In The Lowground would be one of its leading lights. So let’s raise a glass of cider (with a bourbon chaser for good measure) to the Nashtonbury scene, it may only contain one band, but it’s a start, right?”
The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers shanty and folk band formed in 1999 and have raised nearly £250,000 for a range of national and local charities. They perform a mix of traditional tunes to humorous local songs at events and one-off concerts. They also go busking in pubs in north Norfolk during the holiday season thanks to the support of ten local landlords. All of the money raised for charitable purposes reaches the intended recipients.
We’re an all-male Welsh Shanty Band based in Cwmbran, South Wales keeping the heritage of harmonious singing and of the sea through shanty
songs with a spattering of folk sounds.
The Brave Marauders are a group of highly experienced singers, song writers, folk event organisers and charity fund raisers. Our performances range from well known shanties to self penned materials feauring serious and amusing themes.
Cloud is a emerging folk singer from Bath.
"My music has been described as atmospheric, pagan, witchy folk.
On top of the witchy music, we do have some funny original sea shanties in our repertoire"
We are an all female acapella group. Although we have our roots in barbershop, we sing a variety of harmonies in a variety of styles. Our songs are primarily about the sea and Cornwall (the beloved home county of all of us), but with our own unique twist, and some Blues , traditional and barbershop added into the mix. Many of our songs are arranged specifically for the voices of our singers, which range from very low vocals to quite high – and all ranges in between.
We’re a bunch of mates who met many years ago through the Frampton
Cotterell Male Voice Choir. We would sing in the pub after rehearsals, finding that was a good way to get people to move away and leave us space to sit. Then we tried sea shanties and people started to move towards us so they could join in.
Freddie's Barnet a duo that provide that fast and Fun style "It's not difficult to enjoy an evening of love songs Sea Shanties and folk songs in the company of freddie's Barnet with their obvious passion for the original songs they will surprise you with some new shanties of their own. https://www.freddiesbarnet.com/
Friggitt is a shanty trio from Swindon in Wiltshire - the members are Chris Turpin, Ted Shaw and Allan Allsopp. We perform traditional and contemporary seafaring songs including pieces composed by the band members. In addition to unaccompanied shanties we accompany ourselves on Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Harmonica and Bodhran. http://www.friggitt.co.uk
Taking there name from a combination of the number of members of the group and the style of Guernsey fishing boat registration GU10 are an all male singing group specialising in sea shanties and other nautical tunes.
Gloucester Diamonds has been a well-known shanty group for several decades. The latest line-up includes the original founder member, Rod Penlington, on guitar, Paul and Mel Carter on vocals and Flash ( AKA Les Griffiths) more vocals.
We are a fine body of singers, with big hearts and big smiles. We are perhaps the longest serving purveyors of sea shanties and sea songs in the UK today. We like to sing well and are renown for our harmonies, musical arrangements and for being full of surprises. Most importantly we want people to enjoy our music, join in and have fun. We hope to see you soon! www.harrybrowns.co.uk
Heartwood Chorus are a folk choir from Bristol, bringing their own original arrangements of traditional and contemporary folk. Expect songs from all around these isles as well as songs of the sea.
The Hoy Shanty Crew was formed in 2014 and has developed a raw style that has attracted many followers throughout Southern England and beyond. The Crew performed at five festivals during 2022 and gained many new friends due their diverse repertoire and unique style of delivery.
Kings Pond Shantymen sing out mainly in Hampshire and West Surrey, England. We perform shanties and other seafaring songs, interspersed with a few drinking songs and odd ditties. At Christmas we also sing carols and on Old Twelfth Night we sing wassailing songs. We aim for an authentic shanty style - unaccompanied male voices singing in harmony - on a good day.
A Solo Salty Sailor Somewhat Singing Songs of the Sea.
Some say he’s the love child of a squid and a whale. Others say that’s not
scientifically possible. Either way, after years of honing his craft, scrubbing the lower decks of the Ol’ Gray Funnel Line, Lil Cabin Buoy is ready to welcome you aboard and sing his little blackened heart out. So get the wets in, pull up a bollard and let him spin you a dit or two. “ Facebook
A new shanty band of experienced shanty singers from Cornwall
Here come the Lower Deckers – formed originally in 2017 to sing a couple of shanties requested by a friend for his birthday party.They enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to carry on. The Lower Deckers continue ot evolve and add to there ever-growing repertoire of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. The Lower Deckers are Neil, Gaynor, Paul, Marie, Ken (our old Sea Dog) and Tom. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nRnkkvf4D-DKEvJQvO6bsbZiYW0A8rc7/view?usp=sharing
We, “The Merchant Men”, are a group of young strapping lads in our early 20s and can confidently say that we are (probably) the youngest sea shanty group in Somerset and have no right calling ourselves “Men”. What we lack in age, we make up for in our dynamism, potency, pizzazz and spontaneity. So sit tight, sing along and suffer as these semi-professionals serenade you with the sophisticated, sacred, spiritual sounds of the sea.
‘Missin’ Tackle’ are a Brixham based shanty crew. Formed in 2014,
following the success of ‘The Provident’ play, these lads came together and have been singing ever since. The group consists of eight singers, plus a fiddler when we are full strength. Missin' Tackle | Facebook
We are Bob Cross and Paul Wilson ( and occasionally also our " Cabin boy" Harlan Chapman -Green) and we are all members of the Chalice Morris Men, Based at Brent Knoll. We have been singing together for 40 years ...or is it longer ? To the rest of the team it must seem like forever!
We only play our voices and feet, we sing unaccompanied , mostly English traditional songs, along with some Shanties , allegedly in harmony !!!
The Pluckateers are a ukulele playing shanty band. We have played together for 3 years and have played at various venues in the South West. The ukukele has a rich history with shanties and it adds a different sound to this great tradition.
Ian Dye and Steve Hawkins have been singing shanties together for over 30 years and have now formed a new shanty group 'The Port of Bristol Shanty Crew'. We aim to be 'Shipshape and Bristol Fashion'. We have strong connections with the Bristol seafaring tradition with family members building ships at Charlie Hill's Shipyard and sailing as merchant seamen on the Bristol City Line. We sing traditional shanties and modern songs of the sea with p;ssion and a sense of humour. www.pobshantycrew.c
Purbeck Storm are a four piece band, playing a lively mix of original, contemporary and traditional English, Irish and American Folk-roots. From riotous drinking song, sing-along favourites, spirited songs of defiance and dissent, to songs of dark murder and betrayal. Living by the coast, the sea is in our soul, giving us a passion for all things nautical and we love to sing songs of the high seas, smugglers, buccaneers and pirates.
RockPipes fuses the courage-rendering strains of the Scottish bagpipes with a solid heavy rock line-up of professional musicians,
masters of drums, keyboards, synths, bass, guitar, violin and whistles.
RockPipes is what you get when you bring the very best of Gaelic
music together with the best of classic rock.
We are Clive Brooks and Des Patalong.
We sing shanties and maritime songs, mostly upbeat but with some quieter items to give variety to our performances. We don’t just sing in unison, so you can expect to hear strong and different harmonies as they are a feature of our singing.
Short Drag Roger is a shanty crew based in landlocked Chalgrove, Oxfordshire. We have performed at shanty and folk festivals all over the UK and Europe including Falmouth, Gloucester, Bridport, Teignmouth, Travemunde, Weston super Mare, Wallingford Bunkfest and Oxford. We did a number of busking sessions in 2019/20 before lockdown, raising over £1000 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and look forward to raising even more. www.shortdragroger.co.uk
Slugbeard are a four piece nautical punk/folk band from Bristol who perform original songs as well as renditions of traditional sea shanties with a punk twist, all served straight off the briny seabed. High seas, mutinies, manatees, dark and stormies and even the occasional round of Gin and T's. All aboard for a raucous voyage of nautical nonsense.
We are an a capella band from Weston-Super-Mare - the resident shanty group at the Fork n Ale Taproom, in Weston-super-Mare, performing at our regular 3rd Wednesday monthly ‘Shanty Night’ with invited guest bands. We also perform for community groups, events, and festivals. We have sung at many festivals including Port Isaac, Mevagissey, Teignmouth, Bristol and Brixhan Pirate Festival.
The Steepholmers Shanty Band is a registered charity.
A capella band from Weston-Super-Mare We are the resident shanty group at the Fork n Ale Taproom, in Weston-super-Mare, performing at our regular 3rd Wednesday monthly 'Shanty Night' with invited guest bands. We also perform for community groups, events, and festivals. We take no fee for performing and collect donations for the RNLI in Weston-super-Mare and our local Lions Club. The Steepholmers Shanty Band is a registered charity
Singing unaccompanied sea shanties and
maritime based songs, the four of us live
in Pill by the Avon.Singing unaccompanied sea shanties and maritime based songs, the four of us live in Pill by the Avon.
Waves of Harmony are a female Acapella chorus based in Weston-super-Mare, formed in 2011. We are a friendly group who meet regularly to sing, socialise and have fun. There are around 30+ members but we would love to recruit more like-minded women. We perform as often as we can in concerts and at charity and community events. In the past we have raised funds for the RNLI, The British Legion Poppy Appeal, Parkinson's Disease Foundation and for Visually Impaired Bowlers.http://wavesfoharmony.co.uk