International Sea Shanty Festival at Falmouth

A few weeks ago I blogged about Cornwall’s history of communal singing, well recently that reached its pinnacle with the International Sea Shanty Festival, which was held in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Crowds descended on Falmouth over the course of the weekend to lend their ears to the many Shanty singers that were performing in venues and on streets throughout the town.

As well as Shanty singers, the sun made a dazzling appearance too, which cast the queen of Cornish Ale, Betty Stogs, in a beautiful light as she paraded around the crowds shaking her RNLI money box, helping to raise 3,000 pounds for the charity.

Queen of Cornish Ale, Betty Stogs, out raising money for the RNLI

Queen of Cornish Ale, Betty Stogs, out raising money for the RNLI

The town was quite literally bellowing with noise. On Sunday afternoon I walked up towards the point and while standing over the port I could hear the baritone voices of the shanty singers. I even heard reports of people hearing the singing on Castle Beach, a few miles away.

The shanties ranged from the historical to the hysterical in topic.

One particular shanty, commonly sung among the different groups, was about how losing body parts is part of being a pirate, and you can’t be a pirate if you’ve got all your parts.

The food served on vessels was widely sung about, particularly chicken on a raft.

Pirate’s lust for treasure and love of gold, the lure of the mermaid, and boys spending all their tin drinking gin with the lassies from Falmouth and Helston were all topics for the stories.

Sea Shanty group, Falmouth Shout, performing in the streets.

Sea Shanty group, Falmouth Shout, performing in the streets.

Although it was quite pub orientated there didn’t seem to be any drinking related trouble. It was very much a family friendly event. The highlight for me was sitting in the cobbled courtyard where Hand Bar and Cinnamon Café is on early Sunday afternoon listing to Falmouth Fish and 2 Anchored in the sunshine – it was joyous.

One problem can by spoken about though, and that is that the weekend simply passed too quickly.

About Anglo Education Services

A service for international students wishing to come and study in the United Kingdom
This entry was posted in Studying in UK and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to International Sea Shanty Festival at Falmouth

  1. welshbizuk says:

    Reblogged this on SouthWestBiz WordPress Blog.

Got a Comment?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s