Welcome to one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere!
This year the festival currently has 66 groups from all over the UK as well as from Brittany, Holland, Spain, Canada and Ireland performing their unique take on sea songs and shanties from over 20 very different venues throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches Falmouth has them all!
Falmouth has a proud and very long history as a first safe port of call for deep water sailing ships with their weary crews often having been at sea for many months. It was here that they filled our waterside alehouses with their songs and yarns and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. Many of the pubs and clubs that refreshed those Cape Horners and Clippermen remain. Listen very carefully as you walk along the town’s seventeenth century quays and you can still hear them singing!
The Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival sincerely hopes you can enjoy as much of their festival as possible. With the now famous Breton Bash starting at 1pm on the Friday on The Skinners Stage, to the fabulous massed singers closing finale on Sunday afternoon, you will are guaranteed a weekend to remember!