This is the website for the Old Gaffers shanty crew from South Devon.

No rest for the wicked

January 2, 2022

Despite these depressing times we are living through , the Old Gaffers have still been busy during the darker days of November and December trying to spread a little joy.
St Ives Sea Shanty Festival weekend in mid November was a colourful weekend with the festive lights and colourful locations to sing in , with sensible controls……later in the month even a tv appearance on GB News and a good old shanty to stir their hearts.
December brought more fun venues throughout the month with Soar Mill Cove Hotel on Boxing Day , Victoria Inn Salcombe on New Year’s Eve ….and even The Cottage Hotel at Hope Cove on New Year’s Day………..a wonderful location and fantastic scones with our cream tea at the end of the gig………A great way to start 2022.

Sailing the seas to Halloween Festival

November 1, 2021

A full set of sails were required for this month with several more amazing gigs that needed some miles to be covered.A full weekend at the Salcombe Festival was quickly followed by four days at the Harwich International Shanty Festival….what a fantastic time with the Old Gaffers performing in the Redoubt , an incredible fortification  the Victory a wonderful sailing ship packed full of enthusiastic paying passengers……..even an afternoon representing Plymouth and Dartmouth for the Mayflower 400 celebrations, were to be heard..each with their own song written by each crew.……….All this whilst having a film crew , who were making a film on the Old Gaffers , appearing at every gig.

The month was completed by a very colourful and slightly scary Halloween gig on top of a large galleon at Totnes …..the costumes and outfits were fantastic and both children And parents really made an effort , what a fun ,creepy ,frightening fun time with…”Being a Pirate” having to be song at the end.

The wonders of singing in Devon and Cornwall

October 5, 2021

Another fantastic month with September starting off for the Old Gaffers at Teignmouth Shanty Festival all weekend.The large crowds and blue skies at this beautiful south Devon coastal town made for a magical time for all.

After some real fun weddings at Thurstone and Bentham during this month we then sang at Port Isaac Shanty Festival with the Fisherman’s Friends and several other shanty crews,great fun and the very best of north Cornwall beautiful coastline was very much on show..

The final act for the month was to sing farewell to our much respected and loved Old Gaffer , Roger who departed this world for an even better place , perhaps flying as an albatross high in the sky….Row On Row On.

Port Isaac Shanty Festival

September 21, 2021

We enjoyed a wonderful Sunday at Port Isaac Shanty Festival, the sun shone and the people enjoyed the day. Thank you Port Isaac.

Old Gaffers sing to over 10,000 at the burning of the Mayflower

August 30, 2021

What an amazing month August has been for the Old Gaffers with some great gigs and festivals around our wonderful West Country including , Kingswear on the River Dart , Salcombe Sailing Festival , Weston Super Mare Festival , and various exotic weddings with so many happy people.

The most memorable gig for us , perhaps ever , was our last one of August…..Great Torrington Cavaliers Mayflower 400 Bonfire and Pyromusical celebrations.The Old Gaffers performed to over 10,000 people with the whole crowd joining in with our last five songs which were displayed on the giant screen…….What A Night…

Great singalong by ALL

July 25, 2021

An amazing night at Pyworthy near Holsworthy at The Old Rectory estate with Here Design, a top design company from London who took all their staff on a three day post COVID “Family “ get together……which of course was made complete having the Old Gaffers to restore singing around the camp fire.
All took part in many songs as we provided them with our chorus sheets so they could sing along and just finally feel “Free” again.Fantastic night and well done Here Design for putting on a wonderful three days for your staff.

Great gig in Torquay.LIVE

June 11, 2021

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for an absolutely fabulous evening on Thursday.Everyone loved it and you guys were brilliant!.I hope you have a great season ahead and hopefully see and hear you again somewhere!.Thank you”..Becky from Torquay who booked us for her dad’s 80th birthday, for the 3rd June.

Here’s to a Happy summer of Shanty singing..

Old Gaffers are stirring

April 21, 2021

Great afternoon at the Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove(sadly closed at the moment) to record and film our song for the Falmouth’s Virtual Sea Shanty Festival 2021 on the 19 June.This fantastic International festival raises a large sum of money each year for the RNLI.

Great news we shall hopefully be singing again live as from the 21June this year and already have many bookings which we are very excited about and hope lockdowns rules continue to progress and allow us the freedom to enjoy this summer with our wonderful audiences

Falmouth Virtual Sea Shanty Festival is on at 6pm, do try and catch it.

Hope to see you soon

Back on the slipway, soon be Relaunch Day

March 25, 2021

The Old Gaffers would like to thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the last year, postponing gigs rather than cancelling, purchasing cds etc. your good wishes have been like a beacon and kept us going throughout this stormy voyage.

As the light has now been switched on at the end of the tunnel, we are looking forward to getting back together to start practising again.

Bookings have started to wash up on our shore again, and we anticipate several more with every turn of the tide. we hope to see you in some exotic port, or any other drink. Privateer.


April 14, 2020

Due to the current situation, regrettably, all our pre booked gigs are cancelled. At the moment, The next one still on is in October.