From Ushant to Scilly 'tis thirty five leagues

The Falmouth International Sea

Shanty Festival, to be held over three days from the 17 June, is predicted to be the

biggest yet. 27 acts will take part, including Cornwall’s famous Fishermen’s

Friends
, winners of the Radio 2 Folk Awards Good

Tradition
title and runners up for Best

Group
.

Billed as the largest free festival of maritime music on the

planet and sponsored once again by Skinner’s Brewery of Truro, the three

day festival will open on Friday 17 June and profits will be donated to the

RNLI.

Now

in its seventh year, the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival has donated

more than £20,000 to the RNLI, which as a charity relies on public support. As

Festival founder and a shanty man himself with the group Falmouth Shout, John

Warren says it’s a good mix:

‘Sea

shanties were used to inspire and help sailors as they set about mundane and

physically tough jobs like hauling ropes to unfurl sails, or to heave up the

anchor on the old sailing ships. They might not need this musical stimulation

on a lifeboat these days, but they do still need the money to support the

lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer crews and lifeguards. So what

better way to raise funds, than to provide a superb weekend of shanty

singing?’

This

year’s festival line up includes groups from as far away as Norway,

Holland and France and will even feature special performances aboard the

replica of the 15th century merchant sailing ship The Matthew*. These and many of the hugely

popular local acts, will perform on three main stages across the town of

Falmouth (Events Square, The Moor and Custom House Quay). There will also be

lively outbreaks of shanty singing in local pubs and clubs and as far up river

as the beautiful National Trust owned Trelissick Gardens.

More information: Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival