This is the website for the Old Gaffers shanty crew from South Devon.
Well summer certainly took off for the Old Gaffers by supporting The Marine Conservation Society when we sang at the Fatface shop Salcombe ,supporting their stars as they walked the South West Coast from 6-10 June.Dame Kelly Holms ,Tonia Couch ,Gareth Thomas(Wales rugby captain) and George Bullard(Explorer) ,were very much walking for the cause………..Gareth and George spent a good hour singing along with the Old Gaffers ,during there lunch break ,and have become honorary members of the crew………oh we were so sorry you couldn’t drink the champagne on offer…….again the Old Gaffers were SO happy to help out.
The Falmouth International Festival which followed started off so well with Friday being fabulous weather and singing ,but by Saturday afternoon storm something?? hit and our main stage appearance went south with most of the stage…….but still a great weekend..Well Done Falmouth.
Since July the weather has been great…..whether singing at weddings ,such as Burgh Island Bigbury ,or International Maritime Dinners at the Box in Plymouth…What a fantastic location……(I even ended up talking to a giant Mammoth)…..we Started singing at 11pm……them Maritime folk know how to have a great time.
Mid August and still so many gigs yet to enjoy with our fabulous audiences from Devon ,Cornwall and further.We Look Forward To Seeing You All.
Our adventure gathered pace throughout April with our Pirates theme coming to the fore at both Brixham and Plymouth Pirates Weekends….singing to massive crowds both on the shoreline and at a few VERY pleasant watering holes, which the Old Gaffers found very difficult to leave.
Several more fun gigs followed in May including the Crabfest at Salcombe in which we were asked to make an appearance, after our show, at the Salcombe Distillery Boathouse and perhaps sing a song or two……who would have thought we would end up in a distillery, and yes you guessed lt at the end we were each presented with a bottle of Victuallers Special Edition, Shoreside Gin………what a great time, ..from what I remember.
The Jubilee has been full on with several more wonderful days of singing and celebrating this wonderful historical time of our lives……..we are off to Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival on the 17-19 June for a magical weekend of great singing and wonderful music and to meet so many friends……………………..But not before joining Fat Face this Friday for, “Seas the day trek” at Salcombe with many international sports starts……….this summer is only getting better by the day.
Yes Spring is upon us……or is that snow ,and no we haven’t been hibernating.The Old Gaffers have been working hard..ish at our rehearsal nights to bring you polished? ,new and familiar shanty songs as our season is now really starting to take off again.
The new year has already seen the Old Gaffers performing in some great inns and weddings venues……and a first for us singing at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Green Taveners ,prior to their home game with Wimbledon….which they won 2-0……”Come on you Greens” ,although most of the Gaffers thought I was talking about vegetables?? ,there really is no hope for us.
Check out the gig list we’d love to see you all.
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.
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.
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.
We enjoyed a wonderful Sunday at Port Isaac Shanty Festival, the sun shone and the people enjoyed the day. Thank you Port Isaac.
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…
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.
“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..