Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2012

...keeping the sea shanty alive

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival provides the public with an opportunity to experience this traditional nautical music and song. Shanty groups from all over the country will perform at local pubs and venues along the Falmouth waterfront.

The festival was founded - and is organised by - Falmouth Shout. The continuing work by members, with the support of the RNLI, has ensured that it has become a successful and popular annual event, attended by both locals and those enjoying their holidays in Cornwall alike.
The Festival aims to create an enjoyable event for all involved, to raise money for the RNLI and, last but not least, to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall.
The ninth Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival takes place (dates still provisional at this stage) on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. The opening ceremony begins at 6.30pm on the Friday, at Custom House Quay, and the singing programme begins at 7pm on two of the three main stages (Custom House Quay and Events Square) until 10pm. Further events and frivolities will be occurring at several other venues in town until well into the night.
Saturday’s main programme will begin at 11.00am, with the Moor Piazza main stage opening its programme to join the other two main stages. Once again several venues across the town will be hosting live music and, in addition to the free events, a series of special events will be taking place.

Sunday kicks off with a special service at King Charles the Martyr church at 10.30am, with the music commencing at midday until 4pm, when Treverva Male Voice Choir will close the festival on Events Square. To wrap it all up, all performers are invited to Custom house Quay for an informal singing session until late.

Times and events for 2012 are still to be confirmed, with singing at various venues such as Custom House Quay and Events Square. 2011 was a huge success with singing aboard the historic ship The Matthew and at Trelissick Garden, two new venues. The Falmouth Sea Shanty festival is the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet and is not to be missed!


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015