A section of an original painting by Donald MacLeod of a ship being unloaded by two skiff rowed by bootleggers. St Ives Shanty Shout.

Groups were smuggled in from far & wide again in 2021... we hope to see them again in 2022

Travelling from near and far we try and invite groups encompassing a diverse range of sizes and styles who are happy to raise money for charity whilst at the same time providing two days of entertainment, with lots of audience participation!


Below is a list of groups that are planning to perform in 2021 dates...


All information is subject to change/cancellation dependent on government advice and last minute group availability



ACapella Moonshine

We are a diverse group of women living in and around Falmouth and working in various trades and professions throughout South and West Cornwall. We have in our line up Nurses, Therapists, Artists, Ceramicists, Scientists and, of course, we are wives and mothers too! What unites us is our love of singing, sailing and the odd glass or two of alcohol!


Our origins range from Barbados to South Africa, Italy to Wales and, of course, Cornwall – so we are a pretty eclectic bunch, joined on occasion by friends from America and Sussex.


We have been singing together for several years - a varied repertoire which encompasses world music, folk, blues, Gospel and, of course Shanties and songs of the sea. Our main claim to fame is that we were the first Female Shanty Group to appear at The Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival and we have enjoyed singing there for the past 4 years.


We are really looking forward to our first visit to St Ives Shanty Shout. You can expect a rollicking, rousing, harmonious set with plenty of opportunity for audience participation!

ACapella Moonshine who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Bamaluz Bootleggers

Inspired listening to the music around Cornwall, Bamaluz Bootleggers was formed to resurrect the traditional Pub singing scene in St Ives. The mixed voice group bring an energetic and fresh approach to Sea Shanties, Cornish Folk songs and similar music. Their unique name derives from a small beach between the two large ones in St Ives.


Since forming they have sung around and about the harbour and pubs in St Ives, raising money for local causes and charities along the way. They’ve performed at local events at the Guildhall for the St Ives September Festival and at the Castle Inn for the first annual St Ives Shanty Shout. They have also ventured to the south coast of Cornwall, singing for the Sea Shanty afternoons at St Michaels Mount and at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.



Bamaluz Bootleggers who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Barnacle Buoys

Barnacle Buoys are a cappella shanty singers based in Clevedon, North Somerset and our weekly get together at the Old Inn Clevedon still happens pretty much every week. We have a full programme of events this year across the South West.


We are really excited about being invited to St Ives Shout for the second time, and singing our Shanties to you all.


We love what we do and raise money for Charity , our main Charity being Childrens Hospice South West and RNLI, and over the 7 years we have been singing together we have raised thousands of pounds for both causes.


Barrett’s Privateers

Hailing from the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley, Barrett’s Privateers are a group of friends who have been drawn together by their love of singing and a desire to maintain the tradition of singing in pubs. As such, members of Barrett’s Privateers have been leading Shouts (as part of Shout Kernow/Shout East) in pubs in South East Cornwall for several years, but have now come together as an official group to enable them to perform at events and festivals. This mixed crew, with ages ranging from early 20s to 60+, all share a love of land-based and sea-faring songs. Offering a wonderful blend of male and female voices, and helmed by their captain, Gideon Barrett, with his vast knowledge of traditional songs, Barrett’s Privateers are hoping to bring power and harmony to the fore.


The Bencoolen Wreckers

The Bencoolen Wreckers were formed in 2011 and now consists of eight friends who enjoy singing a mix of Cornish songs and sea shanties from around the world.

The group is named after the Bencoolen Ship built in 1855 and which was shipwrecked during bad weather on Summerleaze Beach, Bude in 1862 with only six of the 33 crew saved. The wood from the smashed wreck was used to build several properties in Bude.

The Bencoolen Wreckers can often be found singing in their home pub which shares the same name - The Bencoolen Inn, Bude but have performed at many of the shanty festivals and charity events that are found around many towns and villages in Cornwall, including Port Isaac, Mevagissey and St Ives shanty festivals. Details of all forthcoming events can be found on our Facebook pages.



Bencoolan Wreckers who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Bryher's Boys

Bryher’s Boys was formed back in 2017 when the Tenor and Bass sections of several West Cornwall choirs were press ganged to form a new crew especially designed to navigate the choppy waters of Sea Shanty singing! Although firmly rooted in the male vocal tradition, their trademark style of free harmony ensures that no two performances sound exactly the same.

Lockdown hasn’t stopped the Boys performing virtually via a series of Lockdown Videos which have entertained over tens of thousands of viewers across the World.



Bryher's Boys who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Cobweb Crew

A Cornish acapella group who sing traditional Cornish songs plus some Irish, Scottish and English folk, with some more “modern” shanty’s thrown in. They were  (until lockdown) singing twice a week in various locations around north Cornwall and seem to be quite popular

Cousin Jack

Cousin Jack are a singing group based in Bude, Cornwall. We are made up of 7 singers and 2 musicians and perform a variety of songs from Irish, folk, Cornish and shanties. We sing with harmony and enjoy performing all over the south west at different events and venues. Our accomplished musicians can perform a range of instrumentals so that the entertainment never stops.

We were formed in September 2018. We are proud to have been supported on our journey so far by Tintagel Brewery, Bar Thirty Five and the Cobweb Inn.

Our aim is to share our music whilst having fun with both old and new friends. We are closely linked with the RNLI with 3 operational volunteers and 2 retired crew members.


The Drecklys

We are a small group of fun loving ladies from around the St Austell Bay area who love to sing. (A spin off from Champagne Cornwall Chorus). Striving to be that little bit different we sing our own arrangements of Cornish songs, shanties and like to revive old folk songs. Even introducing a little bit of blues and barbershop along the way all in our own unique Acapella style.

Since 2016, singing at many Westcountry festivals plus performances throughout Cornwall including the Falmouth Shanty Festival. Pleased to be invited and looking forward to St Ives Shanty Festival.



Figurehead are the group of ladies, all living in Cornwall who share a love of all songs with a traditional, nautical and maritime flavour……or as they say: "If it contains a reference, however slight, to water, we consider it fair game."


The group originally formed as a bit of fun around a kitchen table for 5 ladies that shared a love of sea songs and harmonies, little did they know how soon that scenario would get left behind! Encouragement from old friends (and new) in the singing world soon ensured them ‘guest spots’ in different venues and they remain humbled by the support that they have received over the last few years. The kitchen table has been replaced with pubs, marquees and stages…almost nationwide!!...


Last years ‘new crew’ changes have remained, and the group has gone from strength to strength, even recently press ganging a new member, Gill… their new look crew are ready to entertain you with foot stomping shanties and delightful harmonies, all delivered with a hint of humour!


The Foghorn Three

Mariners Away

Mariners Away home port is the King's Arms in the village of South Zeal, on the northern flanks of Dartmoor. Formed in 2007, we take our name from the Mariner's Way, a fabled ancient route used by sailors to travel between the ports of Bideford on the North Devon coast, and Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. South Zeal lies en-route and the King’s Arms is believed to have been one of the hostelries sailors stopped off at.

We sing traditional shanties and other ‘songs of the sea’, and we also have a growing collection of self-penned songs. During lockdown we have produced over a dozen videos. You can view them on our website at www.marinersaway.org.uk

Like everyone else, we are keen to get back into live performances on the shanty scene. Besides St Ives, this year we are booked in for Lyme Regis, for both their Folk Weekend and RNLI Day; Teignmouth, Port Isaac, and Mevagissey Shanty Shouts; as well as several minor venues. During lockdown we've been working with Jim Causley on a couple of dozen songs for his next CDs and appeared with Jim at Sidmouth Folk Festival and Okehampton Show. We look forward to meeting up with our old shanty mates at St Ives and having a really good shout.



Mevagissey Quaynotes

Mevagissey Quaynotes formed 3 years ago, with a determination to focus on tight harmony and a bright 'a cappella' sound.  With one man to each part, Pete (Bass), Mike (Baritone), Daz (Second Tenor) and Dom (Top Tenor), the Mevagissey Quaynotes can be found rehearsing by the scenic fishing harbour that gives them their name. Shanty is a popular part of the repertoire (many accompanied by Pete on concertina) but the group are also renowned for a wide range of styles, whether it be serenadeing at a wedding or leading a crowd singalong at special events

Appearing at the Mevagissey Shanty Festival in 2019 they were well received. They have also performed at several weddings and two sell-out variety shows in Mevagissey’s Jubilee Hall. In 2019 they took part in St Piran’s night celebrations in Mevagissey. Their next events are at Meva MAC centre on 5 September, 19 September at Portmellon Regatta and Meva’s Shanty Festival in October. The group is preparing to record its first CD to be released in the Autumn. They look forward to St Ives Shanty Shout in November



Old Gaffers

We've been rocking assorted boats, and all sorts of other stages since 2010.

With our own brand of humour, no nonsense no gimmicks acapela sea shanties and other sea songs, we have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of the country, and soon to be the continent.

We have been on national and local television and radio, recorded 3 CDs

With a few leaving for various reasons and others joining we have morphed into the present crew of nine.

With an average age of 45, (sorry that should be waist size), and a groupie fan base of well over one we are going from strength to strength.

Over the past few years we have raised and helped to raise thousands of pounds for various charities, including the RNLI, Fishermen's Mission, Devon Air Ambulance, Prostate Cancer UK, Children's Hospice SW, Help For Heroes, and had a great time doing it.



Oggymen who will be singing at this year’s St Ives Shanty Shout

Rusty Tubs

Severn Whalers

In January 1885 a Whale swimming about in the Bristol Channel took a wrong turn, meeting its demise by beaching on the banks of the river at Littleton upon Severn.

The present Severn Whalers however are only going in the right direction building a keen following for their harmonious and entertaining renditions of Shanties and Songs of the Sea.

Chris, Juliet, Martyn, Neil and Richard form the current crew and are now well established on the West Country Shanty Scene performing at festivals from Cornwall, into Devon and beyond.

Coming from South Gloucestershire in the Severn Vale, they can also be seen singing in and around the area at local Pubs and events, where they are proving extremely popular with some very appreciative audiences.