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28th & 29th September 2019

Free Family Friendly Shanty and Maritime Festival.

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Teign Shanty Festival 2019

Raising funds for the RNLI, Rowcroft Hospice, Teign Heritage Centre and the Alice Cross Centre.

Onward & Upward

The 2018 festival was a huge success, filling the towns of Teignmouth and Shaldon with crowds of supporters, raising the profile of Shanties and the River Teign community, as well as raising £2,000 for charity.

Sea shanties were essentially work songs, set to a rhythm for working, to reduce the monotony of undertaking repetitive tasks aboard ship. But they were also Foc’sle songs, which were storytelling verses to be listened to at leisure, to remind sailors of home and these helped to keep alive traditions and record local events and people. In the Teign estuary area we are blessed to have talented songwriters such as Bob Freshwater, who painstakingly research historical records and craft their own recording of such events and so keep them alive for future generations.

This year there will be at least 27 sets of shanty singing groups attending – up from 21 last year, coming from all over the UK as well as overseas. One of the shanty groups attending, The “Longest Johns”, were featured in Gareth Malone’s television program “The Choir” and also performing are Teignmouth’s very own Sea Shanty singing group, the Back Beach Boyz.

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Collections

Dedicated collections will be made for the charities listed above. Teign Shanty Festival will also donate annually any surplus funds arising from our activities. All charitable collections will be divided equally amongst our chosen charities. Last year we shared out £2000 to the charities, let’s see if we can, with your help, double it this year.

Collections

Dedicated collections will be made for the charities listed above. Teign Shanty Festival will also donate annually any surplus funds arising from our activities. All charitable collections will be divided equally amongst our chosen charities. Last year we shared out £2000 to the charities, let’s see if we can, with your help, double it this year.

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Last year there were 70 hours of free entertainment – this year there will be more than double that! There will also be specialist maritime themed presentations and demonstrations around the town, for people to learn more about the origin and construction of shanty work songs and associated crafts including: wooden ship’s figurehead carving, willow lobster pot weaving, wooden boat building, flag & pennant meanings, sail making, rope knotting, tales of a Teignmouth adventurer who became a national hero in Iceland, Shanty singing talks and workshops, maritime based verses by the poet in residence of the Jurassic Coast, and also also sea based story telling for all the family.

These new events will be ‘family friendly” ones held in very relaxed centrally located venues away from the hustle and bustle of the shanty singing in the pubs – though there will be plenty of that as well! Weather permitting, the River Teign Rowing Club will also be providing “taster” Pilot Gig rowing sessions at appropriate tide times.

The festival is held over the weekend of September 28th / 29th and coincides with the ever popular “Taste of the Teign” food and drink festival, celebrating all that is good about the provenance and local flavours of the magnificent Teign River Estuary.

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