Sea shanties are a part of our Cornish culture that's still very much thriving and each year Falmouth hosts the International Sea Shanty Festival, with groups coming from across the globe to celebrate and safeguard this strong coastal tradition.



This year Seasalt are proud to be sponsors of the festival, which will see 44 shanty groups performing in 21 venues with over 261 hours of shanty singing! We are very excited to see one of the main stages become the ‘Seasalt Stage’ and also hosting performances at our Falmouth shop, as it becomes one of the venues!

Seasalt Joint Managing Director, Neil Chadwick, commented, “With most of our shops in coastal towns and our designs inspired by Cornwall, maritime heritage is a really big part of what makes Seasalt unique. We’re delighted to support this special festival and help to celebrate the tradition of sea shanty singing and the best of our coastal communities.”

Visit Falmouth from 13th-15th June to join in the fun!


We also have close ties to two very talented sea shanty groups – The Tavy Tars and The Exmouth Shanty Men. They perform at lots of our Seasalt events such as shop birthdays or new shop openings, which gets everyone toe tapping along and gives a real nautical buzz on these special days.


In the 'hey day' of sail around the 19th century, shanties were working songs whose strong rhythms helped sailors and fishermen to work together whilst they hoisted sails, hauled nets and raised the anchor.

Nowadays shanties are still sung in and around coastal communities and for many, singing or listening to them gives a strong sense of community and preserving our nautical heritage. For others it's just a perfect excuse to get together with friends and get those feet stomping along to the music! And who are we to argue?

For more information on our shanty friends visit