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
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
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.
Kevin and Janet
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.
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
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…(?)”.
Thanks for your message – I have replied by email.
You can use the email address email@example.com address on the contacts page but I will send you an email anyway.
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.
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.
Hannah Victoria Farrell
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
Such is life. Thats what mums are for – enjoy it.
Hannah Victoria Farrell
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.
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.
Linda and Terry Dix
Hey you lot – are you at the Oddfellows Thurs March 10? If so we’ll come along if that’s ok! X
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.
Oh my goodness! It would be fantastic to hear you guys sing “Great Big Sea” songs. Keep up the amazing work!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin and Janet
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.
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.
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