Featuring Kimber's Men, Les Souillés de fond de cale, The Oggymen, Tom Lewis & Poles Apart and QFTRY
An age-old tradition around these parts, shanty singing is gaining popularity with younger generations and here we have a selection of the very best of international shanty singers under one roof! This fabulous concert has been organized as part of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival to support the RNLI. Come and sing along with some of the best of international shanty singers out there.
Having recently featured in The BBC TV production ‘Sea Songs’, and twice on Channel 4’s Sunday morning TV show ‘Sunday Brunch’ Kimber’s Men are already bound for festivals again this coming summer in Holland, Ireland, Denmark, and for the first time in Belgium. They come to Falmouth fresh from performances in Village Halls throughout Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Kent and also North Lancashire where they received standing ovations at every performance. The band recently performed at the prestigious National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and were invited back again in September for the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival.
Les Souillés de fond de cale
A band of six musicians and singers native of Côtes d’Armor in Brittany, Les Souillés started their adventure in 1991 at the sea shanty festival at Paimpol, the mecca of maritime heritage. After interpreting traditional shanties in their early career, they have, over the years, written their own songs while continuing to sing traditional tunes. Their repertoire is based on sea songs and flavoured rum but also tunes in the pure maritime tradition
Celtic people share a strong love of music, and Cornwall’s proud past is reflected in the wealth of hymns and folk songs that have been sung by its people from chapel pews, pilchard cellars, miner’s dries and male voice choirs. Renowned for their passion in keeping traditional songs alive, the Oggymen combine superb arrangements and tight harmonies. Delighting both visitors and locals with their interpretation of Cornish and contemporary folk songs, the a cappella group have won a legion of fans.
Tom Lewis and Poles Apart
Tom Lewis is widely acknowledged as North America’s finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs and he brings to the stage wry humour, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years bridging the sea-going and folk-singing communities.
Although he performs solo, Tom also plays with Polish group QFTRY as Poles Apart.
Poles Apart is a show ... a hugely entertaining show comprising six talented individuals with resonant vocals, soaring harmonies and good humour, all accompanied by multi-instrumental talents. Back in the twentieth century; when Tom was touring in Northern Europe; he was abducted by five young Polish men. After getting him very drunk they extracted a blood oath that he would sing with them, and thus it has been for over 15 years.
QFTRY are a group of five guys from Poland. Their name is not a word in any language!
Call 01326 211222 for tickets or purchase online via www.crbo.co.uk