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Hi, someone had to be first! Well done Dan.
Sad to see that Wisbech is cancelled. :(
Hi Both, yes we were sorry too but such is life. Take care.
Very smart I like it EDDIE
HELLO BOYS. WE SEND WARMESTCHRISTMAS WISHES OF A CONTENTED AND PEACEFUL KIND TO YOURSELVES AND YOUR FAMILIES. PETER ,AMY AND I HAVE VISIONS OF YOU SINGING THE FESTIVE JOLLY TUNE OF `I SAW THREE SHIPS`! WE ALSO WILL BE BACK IN SHERINGHAM IN MAY 2015 SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. WE LOVE THIS CHARMING TOWN. SEASONS GREETINGS TO YOURSELVES AND YOUR LOVED ONES PLUS ALL THE BEST FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2015. TAKE CARE. BEST WISHES FROM LINDA,PETER AND A WAGGING TAIL FROM AMY. XXX
Hi Linda, Thankyou for your kind comments and seasons greetings to you and yours. See you all next year. Brian
Jean Line was born in West Runton. We have seen you many times over the years (I booked you for a Company "Do" at the Links in @1997) , and Jean went to school with many of you! We live in Australia now, but will be back in Beeston Regis in June. We'll try and make it to one of your gigs....keep you on atroshin, bors!
Hi you lot! Will you be practicing at the hall on March 26th? If so can we come and join in again? Coming east for a couple of days!
Hi both, Nice to hear from you and yes we will be at Oddfellows on Thursday 26th March and it will be nice to see you there. Take care Regards Brian
Hello Australia, Nice to hear from you and we still keep on 'atroshin' bor. This is our 25th year and we are still enjoying it all. Look forward to seeing you in June - just make sure you come over and have a chat. Take care Brian
Really a beautiful website which help a lo of people including me. Thanks for making that good site.
I Hannah Victoria Farrell age 29 and my mum Patt are coming down to Cromer and Sheringham on 2nd April until 17th April for Easter.
Hi,Thanks for your post - I hope you enjoy your time in Sheringham. Take care Brian
Hi Prediksi, Thank you for your comments I will pass them on to the web designer. Regards Brian
Hello boys. Summer is approaching and PETER , MYSELF and our adorable little Shetland sheepdog AMY are looking forward to our SHERINGHAM holidays in the months ahead. We will be seeing you there. Please could you send our regards to SHEP` in his campaign for the roundabout. We hope it will be a success. We also send warmest wishes to you all. Take care. Linda. Peter and Amy. (Wisbech)
Hi Amy,Thanks for getting in touch and I will pass your message to Shep. I hope you enjoy your stay a in Sheringham and we look forward to seeing you. Cheers Brian
You're version of "Blow the Man Down" is awesome!! Keep up the good work!
Thank you for your comment, it is much appreciated.
Must say thoroughly enjoyed your performances once again at the Falmouth Sea Shanty, lovely to see you all
Hi Barbara, Thanks for the post, I must say we loved the weekend in Falmouth and we had a great time. The audiences were brilliant. Cheers Brian
Hello , I am intrested in them the plate of your website . It is a beautiful and convenient site we like to use it as a wordpress theme . Is this possible? and what are the costs involved. We are a small choir from eastern Netherlands and now have a bad site.http : //www.desentimenties.nl/ I would appreciate it that you can help us. Regards, Dick Hakkers
Hello Mr Hakkers, I have fowarded your request to our web designer and he will send you an email about our site. Best of luck Brian
I watched you at the festival in Sheringham on Saturday I was going to get a cd but never managed to. How can I get one?
Hi Kurtis,If you look at the web page 'Discography' and decide which CD you want to buy can order it on line. Go to the Book Us page and you will find the email address for Graham who manages 'Sales' - email him with your request. Cheers Brian
Catton Park Norwich 11th July 2015 As always another great concert. Dennis - beware the escaped convict will be out of jail soon and ready to haunt you again and probably in another disguise - and by the way you owe Kevin at least 2 pints in royalties for his jokes that you used! Kevin and Janet
wonderful evening at Catton Park- our family party ranged in age from 20 months to 89 years and we all had a great evening. Our little grandson was bewitched by the music from beginning to end ( with a small excursion to pick a scabious flower). Thank you- here's hoping it becomes an annual event
Hi Kevin, It really was a great night and I know know where Dennis gets his endless supply of jokes. Wel done.Brian
Hi Kate, we also had a great time. This was a first for us and we did not know what to expect but it was such a relaxing evening and we haopoe it becomes and annual event. Thanks for your kind comments. Brian
Hi all any chance you could learn this to sing at the beer festival? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91uH_J6B6JI
Sorry but I had to miss your gig on the Lifeboat plain today it makes me feel as if I am being ripped apart, I will be seeing you at your Carnival concert on Thursday 6th August on the lifeboat plain at 7.30 will be spending all the afternoon in Sheringham after I had my dinner. At Pinewood Caravan Park caravan 67 Holt Road Cromer NR27 9JN will be having my tea in Sheringham.
Hi Katherine, Lovely song. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of our season at the moment and we will not get time to learn a new song and perform it with confidence in time for the beer festival. However, I will take the song to the boys and see whether it is a sing they would wish to bring into the repertoire. Nice to hear from you , take care. Brian
Hello Hannah, Sorry you missed the performance but not to worry there will be others. Cheers Brian
This message is coming all the way from across the pond in Canada. I ended up coming across a song of yours on a playlist a month back, and was instantly hooked. Your music is fantastic.
Just got home after 2 weeks holiday in Norfolk. Lucky enough see you twice. Once at the sheringham festival and again at Kelling Heath a week later. (we were well practised in the actions to 'sailors prayer' for the second gig and put a family effort in from the raised terrace) My young lad Patrick was stung by a wasp during the sheringham performance, which according to the law of children under 10 years of age, he held you all collectively responsible for.But he'd forgiven you by the kelling heath gig and he was dancing down near the front and came back grinning with a shantymen badge. Thanks for 2 great shows, see you next year. Peter Ridley
“Simply the best” – to use the tittle of another singers well known song I can think of no other way to describe last night’s 25th anniversary concert in St Peters church Sheringham. We don’t know how you keep upping your performances, maybe it’s because St Peters has great acoustics, always an appreciative audience and that fabulous spur of the moment wind up for your groups “comedian” at the start of the concert! Congratulations to everyone – no more improvement needed you are “Simply the best” [shanty group in Sheringham! :-) ]
Hi Kevin, its support from people like you who make it work for us. So many thanks Brian
Hi Peter, what can I say. Carry a paper bag, wasps think its another wasps nest and they stay away.(or so I am told and I believe anything.) Glad you like our performances. Regards Brian
Hi - all the way across the pond. Really glad you liked our songs. The key to all of this is to find the best material and we have a number of Canadian Songs not least from song writers like Stan Rogers who wrote some fantastic songs. We also sing a couple from the 'Great Big Sea' Bottom line really pleased you like our material. Take care Brian
Thank you Brian for a lovely website. And it nice to see all the old faces, with the tunes of the sea - just wonderful. I am " Twoshy " Brown's daughter Honor from Sheringham, now in Canada. Just found the website and it brings back lovely memories of all the Shannocks. God Bless you all. H
Hello Honor, so lovely to hear from you. It is so surprsing just how many 'Shannocks' have crossed the pond to start a new life. Really glad you like the web site, we try to keep it fresh and as for the songs, we love them them too. Take care and nice to hear from you. Brian
Well done. We left Cromer after your SIlver Darling concert in agreement that this was possibly the best concert we had ever had the pleasure to attend. Well done Brian for your leadership over twenty five years, I'm not sure when exactly I first saw you on a school stage in Melton Constable but think it must have been one of your early concerts so I can claim nearly 25 years as a Shantyman rent a crowd/groupie. See you all again in 2016. Kevin
Hi Kevin & Janet, You are too kind. It really is a team effort and I strive to get the guys to give their best efforts - which they consistantly do. At the end of the day we love it and we love to entertain. You both take care. Brian
To all the lads I have some of your discs and play them constantly. It was brilliant when you gave a concert at Sudbury recently., and I am looking forward to the next one in Suffolk at Ixworth at the end of this month. I wonder if you will have space to fit in a request when at Ixworth, I think your version of "Wild Mountain Time" is fantastic, and if this mature but devoted fan could hear it sung on the stage, she would be Transported! ( But hopefully not to Botany Bay). Fondest regards and thanks for your wonderful cheering singing and all you do for the lifeboats and for Norfolk.
Many thanks to all The Shantymen for your generous donation to Woodfields School. The money will be going towards our new primary playground which we hope to start next Spring. It would be lovely to see you when we have our grand opening in September to say thank you and to see what your efforts have helped to create. James Stanbrook
Hi Jacqui, Thank you so much for your kind words and so glad you like the songs. We do try hard to get them right. I will see what we can do about 'Wild Mountain Thyme', as we love it as well. Take care. Brian
Hi James, we are really pleased the money went to such a good cause. Send us an email as soon as you have a date and if we can fit it in we will. Cheers Brian
Another terrific evening's entertainment you gave us all at Ixworth. Great singing and music, and a wonderful and unique humour to have everyone cheerful and joining in. To hear you sing my request was just great, and as my friend and I had not capered about with tambourines since we were seven years old, we enjoyed it so much. Now going out to buy a tambourine. What a wonderful way to keep fit! A Shantymen concert is a terrific tonic to health! Thanks and best wishes to you all. Jacqui
Hi Jacqui, You got it so very right. We have not done this song in a long time and it went so well. Really great night with a really great audience and that makes such a big difference. Long may it continue. Take care, hope to see you all next year. Brian
Oh my goodness! It would be fantastic to hear you guys sing "Great Big Sea" songs. Keep up the amazing work!
Hi Cait, The 'Great Big Sea' are a fantastic band - we love their work and we have recorded their song 'Far from the Shores of England' on our last CD. Nice to hear from you. Take care Brian
Hey you lot - are you at the Oddfellows Thurs March 10? If so we'll come along if that's ok! X
Hi both, yes we were at Oddfellows on 10th March but I did not pick your request up until today - 13th March - sorry about that. If ever you need a quick reply it might be best to use the email addresses we have on the contact page. They go straight to our individual personal email addresses and I for one look at my email everyday. Cheers Brian
Evening all my mum Patt Farrell will not let me to go to yesterday's or tonights Lobster Pub's beer festivals and breaks my heart in 2, to see you all performing but i will see you all at Oddfellows hall on Thursday night with me dressed in my best.
Hi Hannah, Such is life. Thats what mums are for - enjoy it. Brian
I am going to see you at Sheringham's Lifeboat Day I will be signing along with you with a spot of dancing for you, my Shannon Grandfather Douglas Harold Edward Johnson was a known ballroom dancer in Sheringham 4 generations of his family were born, lived and died in Sheringham. Which makes me a quarter shannock and my other Grandfather Charlie Farrell senior used to do the Charleston I have inherited their Dancing feet, my dad Leslie Farrell used to be in a church choir and my cousin Giovanni VanZeno he used to be in a local singing group called the Cromer Smugglers with Brian Farrow. See You There Hannah Victoria Farrell
Hello Brian, This page seems to be the only way of making contact without going via a booking. I am a big fan and try to watch you when we holiday in the vicinity, my first experience,singing with you guys was, if my memory serves me right, in The garden of "The Lobster Inn" Sheringham,and 2 years ago at Kelling Heath.Both great evenings,but always over too quickly. I am a bass singer and the current publicity Officer with The Three Valleys M V C based in Waltham Abbey,Essex, every year we travel outside our catchment area in October-November and next year,2017,is no exception.We are visiting Cromer for our Autumn weekend performances,to help two venues/organisations to raise funds for their causes whatever they may be. Full details are to be arranged. Although you guys are in a far more professional position than us,I am writing to ask if The Shantymen would be remotely interested in joining us for one of these concerts? We currently include our own version of Drunken Sailor in our repertoire,and we are in the throws of learning Farewell and adieu to you Spanish ladies. I shall very much look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards David
Hi Victoria, Unfortunately I was not at the gig - I have been on holiday - such a shame but I did know Giovanni, we called him Geo, and he was a very good crew member of Sheringham Lifeboat of which I am the Lifeboat Operations Manager. I am also as you can see the Musical Director of the Sheringham Shantymen and I am so glad you enjoy our sound. Nice to hear from you. Take care Brian
Hi David, Thanks for your message - I have replied by email. You can use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org address on the contacts page but I will send you an email anyway. Cheers Brian
I am a huge fan of your work! On your album The Shantymen at Home (2014), your rendition of "My Son John" uses two verses in the middle of the arrangement that are not common to the songbooks in my possession. Can you shed any insight on the lyrics of your recording, and/or the origin of these middle two verses? I believe they begin, "Now I've stumps instead of legs...." and "For now I'm short and now I'm round...(?)". Cheers, Jonathan
Hi Jonathan, Glad you picked that up. The guy who sings it (Dick Greives) wanted to personalise the song so we got our resident wordsmith to add a couple of verses as follows:- Now I have stumps instead of legs, I shuffle around, not fit to beg The chippy made some pegs for me, But they're too short, as you can see For now I'm short, and now I'm round, And I live my life too near the ground But 'Fortune' plays his trick on thieves, For I was known as 'Lofty' Grieves Cheers Brian
We have just heard your latest CD congratulations on a great mix of music with many of our favourites. A clever name for the album as well. See you all soon.
Hi both, really glad you like it. Many old and new favourites and when we recorded it at St Peters, we picked up the sounds (on the last track) of Salvation Army Band as they marched past the church. We kept that on the track! Take care and see you soon. Brian
Got "Off Quay" as a Christmas present and really enjoyed it. When planning your gig with Keith Skipper, please consider having it filmed for a DVD. We have a caravan at Cromer (sorry - but it is on the Sheringham side) but close it down early in October so we miss the gig. Hope to catch one or more off your gigs in 2017. Keep on shantying
Hi Barry, Really nice to hear from you and I can tell you we really enjoyed making the CD. It was a lot of fun. We did make a CD of a gig on the Isle ok Wight but the lads took exception to it although most of it is on You Tube. I think its great as it portrays us as we are, they are not so sure. I will discuss it with the team and see where we go with it but no promises. Take care, Brian
Hi me lovelies! Looking forward to a song or two with you on Potties weekend! From Linda, Terry and Ruth of HEX. xxx
Hi Linda, we are so looking forward to the Potties weekend. Its one of the best times. See you all then. Cheers Brian
Hi there, I've been listening to your album All At Sea and I enjoy your songs very much! I was just wondering if you could point me to the lyrics of Tough Old Town? Because I can't quite make out some parts of the last two stanzas and oddly enough lyrics to that lovely song can be found nowhere on the Internet. Thanks!
Hi, glad you like the song, we love it. It was written by a very good friend of ours Mr John Conolly who is an excellent and prolific song writer. I have sent you the words to the song via your email address. You may be able to hear John sing it on you tube if he has recorded it there. Cheers Brian
A big hello to the Shantymen from Sandra in Southern Germany! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your performances at FolkEast! (Paul knows it already, as we had a nice conversation after the gig in the Cobbolds Arms). My favourite is "Good ship Raggamuffin", which is on heavy rotation as soon as my daughter or myself drives my car. I think I got the lyrics quite well, but have a little gap at the chorus at "Farewell to your gangs and ............gangplanks. Perhaps you could tell me the "missing link"? I would appreciate that very much. Please take care of yourselves and I really hope to see you again next year! Kind regards Sandra
Hello Sandra, really nice to hear from you and I am so glad you like our gig at Folk East and we hope we will be invited back there in 2018. The song Ragamuffin is a great song and the verse you seem to be missing is: Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lime Farewell to your gangers and your gang planks, and to hell with your overtime, For the good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay For to take old Pat with his shovel on his back to the shores of Botany Bay Thanks for your query. Brian