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Shanty Shenanigans with the Roaring Trowmen

Friday 28 Jul 4pm — Sunday 30 Jul 4pm, 2017

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £225 – single ensuite room
  • £200 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £200 – single non-ensuite room
  • £155 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £145

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities):

  • £135

Join the Roaring Trowmen – Bryn Stephens, Chris Jarvis, Dave Partington & Gwyn Wilkinson – for a weekend of sea shanties and songs of the salty deep!

“a masterclass in four-part shanty singing, interspersed with properly funny jokes.” Shrewsbury Festival

The weekend will focus on the writing and rehearsal of some brand new shanties, ready for a Sunday afternoon performance in the authentic setting of Pebbles Tavern, a famous (or infamous) Somerset cider bar in the historic harbour town of Watchet. Watchet is just a short hop from Halsway, and was home to shanty man John ‘Yankee Jack’ Short whose statue now sits on the quay looking out to sea.

Over the course of the weekend you’ll learn some of the history and language associated with shanties, and some basic shanty elements. You’ll explore arrangements of harmonies and melodies and be helped with technical elements of singing – vocal warm-ups, performance and singing techniques – all very much mixed with the Trowmen’s usual sense of silliness!

Who’s it For?

Anyone with a passion for singing! If you’re new to shanties the weekend will provide an immersive introduction; if you’re an experienced shanty singer the weekend will have plenty to challenge you creatively while helping you improve your skills. But above all it’s about having fun!

The Team

“Such authenticity, you could smell the seaweed. Rollicking, rumbustious & ruddy marvellous. One of the highlights of the festival.” Bradford Roots Festival

The Roaring Trowmen are four hearty men who sing sea shanties and songs of the salty deep! They have been delighting crowds up and down the country for four years now, with their own brand of harmonies and humour. Whilst celebrating the traditional working songs of sailors, the Roaring Trowmen also delight in performing their own Maritime Folk songs inspired by the nautical heritage of their home city of Bristol.

They deliver songs with humour and vitality. One minute you’ll be clapping and stomping, the next you’ll be melted by the glorious harmonies – or moaning at Bryn’s bad jokes!

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