We're proud sponsors of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, where groups come from across the globe to celebrate and safeguard this strong coastal tradition. The town is filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit.
2014 was the biggest year yet with 48 shanty groups, 21 venues and 261 hours of shanty singing!
A great film of the 2014 festival from our friends at Idenna
The Fisherman's Friends performing at the festival in 2014. Photo by Jermey Rowntree
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.
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.
The Tavy Tars performing in our Isles of Scilly shop
Watch the Exmouth Shanty men sing!
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: