11th - 13th June 2021

Sea Shanty 2021

11th - 13th June 2021

Welcome to one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere!

Falmouth plays host over the weekend to a large number of sea shanty groups from across the world and performances take place in a variety of locations throughout the town.

Over 65 groups from all over the UK as well as from Brittany, Holland, Spain, Canada and Ireland perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties at over 20 very different venues throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!

Falmouth has a proud and very long history as a first safe port of call for deepwater sailing ships with their weary crews often having been at sea for many months. It was here that they filled our waterside alehouses with their songs and yarns and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. Many of the pubs and clubs that refreshed those Cape Horners and Clippermen remain. If you listen very carefully as you walk along our seventeenth-century quays you can still hear them singing!

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