22nd - 24th June 2018

International Sea Shanty Festival | 22nd - 24th June 2018

The town will play host to hours of free-to-attend shanty performances, with only the special Gala Concert ticketed, and proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be alive with music, singing and community spirit.

The origins of the traditional Sailors’ Sea Shanty have been lost in the midst of time. Traceable from at least the mid-1400s, the shanty hails from the days of the old merchant ‘tall’ sailing ships.

The shanty was quite simply a working song that ensured sailors involved in heavy manual tasks, such as tramping round the capstan or hoisting the sails for departure, synchronised individual efforts to efficiently execute their collective task, i.e. simply making sure that each sailor pushed or pulled, at precisely the same time.

The key to making this happen was to sing each song, or shanty, in rhythm. More often than not there would be a solo-singer, a shantyman, who would lead the singing of the songs with the crew joining in for the chorus.

Learn more about Sea Shanty heritage from Ben Johnson at Historic UK

Join us and celebrate this must see maritime calendar event. Find out more Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Photography courtesy of Visit Cornwall.