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

Whirling (helicopter reference) success.

March 10, 2019

A wonderful successful evening singing to a packed house, in Dorchester
A great event in aid of the Dorset air ambulance.


March 3, 2019

We have been asked to sing with the Casterbridge Male Voice Choir at the United Reform Church in Dorchester on Saturday 9th March at 19:30 hrs and we are eagerly looking forward to this. If you are in the area please come along as all proceeds are for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 


pdf Poster link below.


Happy Christmas and a Great New Year

December 25, 2018

Happy Christmas to all who come and listen to us. We just enjoy singing and having all you wonderful lot come and listen really makes it for us.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas time and a truly great New Year and we hope to see many of you in the coming year.

Happy Christmas from the 'Old Gaffers'

Pilgrims and transports2

October 22, 2018

Thanks to all of you who came and got transported from Mayflower steps, or more accurately the giant shrimp / sea monster thing, a wonderful afternoon, with no wind and wall to wall sunshine, and it wasn’t bad in the pub afterwards either.

Pilgrims ans transports

October 15, 2018

Off to Plymouth to sing at the Mayflower steps, a historic site in Plymouth on Sunday 21st at 1300hrs. Hope to see you there, bring some sunshine🌞

Back in harbour

October 15, 2018

Another successful trip to “forrin parts”, a most satisfying and rewarding trip to Harwich. All the crew got to share in the bounty; the trip was made even more pleasurable by the very friendly natives and other assorted rogues and scallywags.
Unfortunately one of our crew managed to jump ship whilst in port, Syd has decided to leave the crew for pastures new; we’ll miss him. So we are looking for a replacement, you could come voluntarily or we will press you. If you’re looking for adventure, a sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle, look elsewhere! If you have a fancy to go shanty singing get in touch.

Outward bound again

October 3, 2018

After a safe return from a trip up the coast to Teignmouth for their very successful first shanty festival, we’re just about to let go the lines as we’re outward bound again this time heading east to the wilds of Essex, we’re off to discharge music and mirth and maybe load the odd tankard of ale in Harwich, we’re at their annual shanty festival so come and pay a visit you won’t be disappointed 🎶👍🎶👍🎶✅

Busy Summer------Still more to come

September 20, 2018

This has been a wonderful year, especially for The Old Gaffers.....we have travelled far and wide to entertain many thousands of happy smiling faces with our very own special unique style of singing and banter.

We have crossed the boarder to Cornwall to perform for three days at the Falmouth International Festival and several other gigs. Liverpool International Festival saw us performing at nine venues, and a wonderful time was had by so many.

Devon and Cornwall has seen us performing in many locations including Exmouth, Paignton,Brixham,Salcombe,Bantham,Marlborough,Holbeton,Tywardreath,and many more....whether at festivals,parties,pubs,weddings,even in a beautiful walled garden at Greenway,Agatha Christie's home...We have had a wonderful time.

STILL MORE TO COME..............Teignmouth Festival 29/30 September, Harwich International Festival 5/7 October, St Ives Festival 23/24 November..........and seeing in the New Year at Salcombe in the Victoria Inn.....HOPE TO SEE YOU.

(Even Older Gaffers) Keeping on keeping on.

January 5, 2018

Off to a good start to 2018 with the first of this year's Crabshell Concerts on the 25th January, the diary is filling up with several festivals and gigs already booked and several more in the pipeline. Watch this space. Privateer.

Seasons greetings

December 27, 2017

Wishing you all the best of seasons greetings and a great new year