Shantymen cannot wait to get back on song

18th April 2020

It is a big year for the Sheringham Shantymen as the popular seafaring singing group marks its 30th anniversary.

But celebrations have been becalmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

They include a concert scheduled for the Little Theatre on May 23 – and the recording a new CD at Gresham’s School’s new music complex over the Easter weekend.

Sheringham Shantymen

Sheringham Shantymen

Musical director Brian Farrow said: “We have 40 gigs lined up from theatres to the biggest shanty festival in Europe at Falmouth  in June – but are just having to wait until we get the government all clear from the lockdown.“

The group was looking forward to the recording session, involving 18 new tracks including a Shanty version of Bob Dylan’s Wagon Wheel, now rewritten and renamed Favela Girls, which they have “rehearsed” at their homes in lockdown, and featured on a You Tube video here

The Little Theatre holds a special place in the group’s hearts as it was the venue for their first ever concert in 1990.

Since then they have performed at more than 1,000 public events, made three videos and recorded 7 CDs.

Their keynote 30th anniversary gig will be on November 1 at Cromer Pier, where the proceeds will be split between the lifeboat stations at Cromer and Sheringham and Sir Norman Lamb’s new mental health and wellbeing charity.

Brian said: “We cannot wait to get back practising and performing again after the lockdown. Singing is good for the body and the soul. We will regenerate and come back all the stronger.”

Please monitor the Little Theatre’s website and social media for updates on rescheduled and upcoming concerts.