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 bunch of scallywags who believe in fun frolic and good singing, to say nowt of supping good ale. We likes folks to join in, we will make you laugh, cry and raise the roof in a good chorus. We do traditional and write our own material. We dress up as Pirates and cut a fine figure. See us hear us....We have been singing collectively for over 300 years.
Cask is a Shanty daughter and father duo. Singing new and old shanties and forebitters, plus seasongs
Formed in 2013 DORSET WRECKS sea shanty group had their first gig when 5 of the initial 6 members sang in the harbour on MV Freedom to support them taking disabled people for sea cruises at the Weymouth Barrel Rolling event that September. Dorset Wrecks had 65 gigs in 2019 and it was generally thought to be too many. Be careful what you wish for as we only had 7 in 2020 due to Covid and of course 2021 was better but still sporadic. https://www.facebook.com/DorsetWrecksSeaShanties/
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've been described as some older chaps enjoying themselves signing; and that about sums it up. Formed over 14 years ago we've performed at various locations and events including festivals & weddings from Land's End to London's West End. Our most notable gig however, was the G7 summit in June 2021- Performing to world leaders is something none of us will forget, that's for sure.
Since then we've gone back to the day job singing to friends old and new.
Eagle Alley is a close harmony group from along Bath way. Our songs are mostly traditional from England and America with some written within the group. We do love a good chorus and shanties are never far away.
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.
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
HB Acoustic is a solo guitar, vocal, and harmonica performer who plays folk songs from the 60s and 70s that you already know all the words to. . https://www.facebook.com/HBAcousticGuitar/
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.
The Jamestown Brothers’ all-original songs mine the rich history and social tapestry of Great Britain and Ireland, with a hard-core call for social engagement. In 2022 the band released their third CD, ‘Just Is …’ with the single ‘Big Parade’ being released in January 2023. Colin Batchelor’s songs recall the strength and inspiration of those who formed our nation, and they are delivered by a powerful band that never loses control.
An auditioned Sea Shanty choir for mixed voices from Portishead formed in 2021. We rehearse every Wednesday evening on the beach by Fisherman's steps in Kilkenny Bay in the summer months, and sing a wide range of nautical songs
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.
Innovative roots rock and skiffle music drawing on traditional blues, jazz and folk influences and with frequent forays into gypsy-tinged psychedelia.
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
Innovative roots rock and skiffle music drawing on traditional blues, jazz and folk influences and with frequent forays into gypsy-tinged psychedelia. Breathtakingly powerful vocals, raw delta blues styled guitar and an almost tribal foot-stomping beat combine with a potent cocktail of saxophone, violin and harmonica to create a special atmosphere. http://www.lukephilbrick.com/
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 !!!
We aall about the fun of the foot-stomping, galleon-storming, carousing, roustabout lark of paying live the songs that brought together the crew aboard ship under sail and steam. We seek some of the authenticity of old sea songs, shanties, folk songs and drinking songs playing with a full band as well as acapella. Many are up tempo, and filled with profanity, lewdness and the raw and salty language of the old days, others are contemplative, balladic, but just as rousing. https://www.monkeyfist
Mother’s Ruin from South Devon play to entertain and have fun. We’re an upbeat folk-rock, roots, Cajun ’n’ Country band, taking inspiration from traditional and modern songs. Mother’s Ruin is a 6 piece featuring strong vocals, accordion, mandolin, guitars, lap slide, violin, keys, harmonica, uke bass and drums.
From South Devon, The Old Gaffers have been rocking assorted boats and all sorts of other stages since 2010. With our own brand of humour, no nonsense, no gimmicks, sea shanties and sea songs we have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of the country. We’ve been on national and local TV and radio, recorded 4 CDs and featured on a few other people’s CDs.
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
The Rusty Tubs are a sea shanty group that sing sea shanties, songs of the sea, historic military songs - very entertaining for all the family. https://www.facebook.com/TheRustyTubs/
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
The Sierra Heritage Performing Arts Company is a fulltime performing arts company and also a member of International Council of Folk Festivals and Traditional Arts Organizations (CIOFF) IOV, (C.I. D) International
sport and culture Association (ISCA). The Sierra Heritages Performing Arts Company performances reflects our Folklore, Tradition and Cultural
identity of all the indigenous tribes in Sierra Leone. https://youtu.be/4WEDQ3Owglo
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.
The Tawney Shantmen sing unaccompanied sea shanties and other maritime based songs. The four of us live in Pill, North Somerset, well known for its maritime and pilotage history with Bristol. We enjoy the maritime singing tradition whilst sharing a pint! Two of our group were members of the former "Pill Whalers" shanty group and we all belong to the "Owls of Pill" carol party.
The Rusty Tubs are a sea shanty group that sing sea shanties, songs of the sea, historic military songs - very entertaining for all the family.
The present Severn Whalers however are only going in the right direction building a keen following for their harmonious and entertaining renditions of Shanties and
Coming from South Gloucestershire in the Severn Vale, they can also be seen singing in and around the area at local Pubs and events, where they are proving extremely popular with some very appreciative audiences.
Whether it’s a sailor afraid of water or a singer possessed by mermaids no nautical tale is too absurd for Simon the Shanty Harpist. Taking the traditional songs and shanties and adding various other absurd ditties into the mix you have an hour of harp accompanied songs of the sea to help you with your drinking.
singing sensation Sissy McGurk
- live accompaniment from Barry McGurk on the amazing Tyros 4 keyboard
- jazz, African, Afrikaans, Gospel and popular music - all with a gospel feel
A cross between wurzels and pouges. The band performs as a duo, trio or four-o, singing songs by the late Adge Cutler, The Wurzels, Brendon Shine, The Pogues, Dubliners, and others - with plenty of audience participation. (2) Somerset Paddies | Facebook
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
Storm Force 10 are a Bristol based Shanty and Sea-Song group who ply their trade predominantly to raise funds for local charities. Keeping the tales of Old Bristol’s great sea-faring tradition alive, creating new songs and revitalising the old. www.stormforce10.co.uk
Tappers Knapp were formed in 2016 in the village of Uplyme, Devon. We sing unaccompanied, and started as a regular shanty-style group, but soon realised that there was more fun to be had from widening our repertoire.
These days we sing a wide variety of folk songs, both traditional and contemporary, from the British Isles and further afield.
Wellington Acoustic Music Club has been running for nearly 20 years as a “turn up and play” club, based at the Wellington Art Centre. We cater for all styles and types of music, from beginners to professional in a relaxed atmosphere.
Will Craswell is a singer/songwriter of traditional & modern songs accompanied mostly by finger style guitar based in Gloucester and MC of Churchdown's Folk At The Club.
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