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It’s funny how time gets away from you, isn’t it? We’ve been promising to record our third album for years but, thanks to Covid and gigs and our day jobs, it never quite happened.
Eventually, you look back and discover your last album (Sea Salt) was five years ago. Time to get back to the studio, then. So on 3 February, we held the first of our recording sessions for the new album, which has the working title of Kilgrimol Bells. As ever with our albums, it’s a mix of traditional shanties, traditional and modern folk, and self-penned material. Here are the songs we’ve recorded so far, together with their lead vocalist and a bit about each song: Chicken on a Raft – traditional, sung by Murray Home from the Sea – sung by Chrissie, and we’re really chuffed to have been given permission to record this by the mighty Phil Coulter Glasgow Sailor – sung by Ken and written by Steve
Kilgrimol Bells – sung by Mike B and written by Mike B and Steve, with choral arrangement (and harmonies) by Chrissie. Leaving of Liverpool – traditional, sung by Mike B Whisky Johnny – traditional, sung by Tony Wild Rover – traditional, sung by Tony You’ll realise from that list that we’ve not yet recorded anything led by Clive, Steve, Julian, Mike L or Elizabeth, so we’ll put that right later this month when we’re back in the studio for round 2. We’re aiming to have the album all mixed, pressed and printed in time for restarting our Monday night sessions on the early May bank holiday (6 May).
And for those of you who’ve asked ‘why on earth don’t they put something on Spotify’, we’re working on it …
The Christmas gig that isn’t a Christmas gig
If you’ve been around Ashton Gardens in St Annes in the past few days, you might have noticed a poster at the United Reformed Church (the one opposite Aldi) advertising our Christmas concert on 9 December at 2pm.
We should probably set the record straight here…
This is a Shanty Crew concert. It is happening (fairly) close to Christmas. But it isn’t actually a Christmas concert. By which we mean we won’t be singing Jingle Bells, a shanty version of All I Want for Christmas, or even genuine Christmas sea-based folk tunes like Christmas at Sea.
If, on the other hand, you’d appreciate an hour’s escape from Slade, Wizzard and Cliff, you’ll find us performing our regular mix of traditional shanties, folky sea songs and self-penned tunes. You might even hear us performing one or two of the new songs we’ve been working on over the autumn.
We hope to see you there. But just in case you can’t make it, thanks again for your support this year. Have a very Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in 2024.
Thank you from the Shanty Crew!
Throughout our summer season, you’ve been filling the collection buckets that sit in front of us, and we’re delighted to now be able to give you the total for 2023. Drum roll please…
Thanks to your donations, the total collected was:
That’s a big increase on 2022. And given the washout that was July and August, it’s even more impressive.
So once again, thank you for your support. We promise that everything in those buckets (and on the card reader) will go to the RNLI. In fact, it already has.
Let’s do it all again next year.
The Shanty Crew
If you’ve joined us at any of our recent Monday night open rehearsals you’ll have seen
(and heard) a new member of the crew – and you might be thinking ‘she looks
familiar’.That’s because Chrissie Mason is musical director of the Capricorn Singers, who we’ve
performed with on several occasions. As Pirate Mike’s partner, she’s also been
a regular attendee at our gigs - occasionally standing in for Elizabeth on
It’s an understatement to say we’re chuffed to have Chrissie on the crew. Between them,
she and Elizabeth have years of experience not just in singing but arrangement
and vocal coaching – and that’s (obviously) a big benefit for us.
Over the winter, we’ll be rehearsing more songs where Chrissie takes the lead, so you’ll
hear much more from her in 2024.
Monday 31 July Open Rehearsal Cancelled
The forecast shows a risk of thunder and lightning this evening, so to keep everyone safe we’re not going to be performing today. Sorry if you had plans to come and see us! Weather permitting, we’ll be back on Monday 7 August at St Annes Boat House
Howzat! Cricket, Grog & Shantying at the Lytham Cricket Club Beer Festival
If ever there’s a gig that a shanty crew is likely to say an immediate ‘yes!’ to, it’s a beer festival. This weekend, it was all we could do to stop Pirate Mike camping out the night before.
Despite a stiff breeze and a risk of squally showers, Lytham CC seemed to be in its own bubble of warm sunshine and, as the crowd grew throughout the day, we performed three sets between 2pm and 6pm before we were able to sit back and enjoy the beer.Although to be fair, some of us had started enjoying it a little earlier than that…
Thanks to Lytham CC for the invite – and to everyone who donated!
Join us at Lytham’s Mini Maritime Festival, 12 August
Wherever you go on the UK coast in summer, chances are you’ll run into a maritime festival.
We’re part of
Barrow’s Tall Ships festival on 5 August.
In fact,pretty much the only area that doesn’t have a maritime festival is…er, the Fylde Coast.....until now!!!
On Sat 12 August, we’ll be part of Lytham’s first (mini) maritime festival. We’ll be
joined by the brilliant Mizzen Shanty Crew, who support Morecambe RNLI, and there’ll be solo sets from our own Clive Marquis-Carr and our old mucker Roy Turner. We’re hoping this will be just the first of what becomes a bigger
annual event and, as ever, we’d love to see you there.
You’ll find us in the marquee in Lowther Gardens. It all starts at 1.00pm and entry is free. You don’t have to book, but you can if you wish. Book free