Friday 12th Feb. Chantimor jumped into their respective cars in Lorient, Pontivy & Vannes and headed in the direction of Saint Vincent sur Oust (near Redon) to Le Rosbif, an English run bar.
What a treat to be fed English bangers before squeezing into the corner of the bar and starting our first set.
It was a Friday night, and as we were singing to an adult audience (or so we thought) we decided to put some of our saucier songs onto the set list and have a bit of fun with an English crowd.
But as you can see, we did have some (very well behaved) young children in the audience. Hopefully they didn’t understand the lyrics!
The owner of Le Rosbif had indicated that he was keen on shanties and so we invited him to sing the lead on « What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? » – We don’t sing this very often so it was time to give it an airing. You can see the result on the Youtube video below. With no rehearsal, I think that Wayne did a sterling job. We’d have him in the band like a shot if he lived a bit nearer!
Wayne steps in as lead Shantyman on « Drunken Sailor »
All in all – we had a very enjoyable time!
We are now rehearsing our new programme which includes some new (to us) shanties and we’ll be thinking about where best to use our newly purchased percussion.
Click on the link to see Wayne in action & to hear one of our new songs for the first time: « Johnson Girls » – we have such fun with this song – you never know what might happen!
Those of you who follow us on Facebook will know that we have been busy in February!
We went mad and bought some new percussion instruments: a wire drum (makes the sound of thunder), an ocean drum (guess what it makes the sound of), and a guiro (look it up!)
We were invited to sing at the Val Quéven Golf Club near Lorient at their annual prize giving. As it fell on Mardi Gras, members of the club were invited to come in fancy dress – so we fitted right in.
Left to right: Bronwen, Martyn, Mick, Terry, The Skipper & Anwyl. Waiting to start.
Evening at the club – after a hail storm, the sun came out.
A cardinal & a cossack
Being introduced by a « Scotsman »
Look! I can balance a bottle of wine on my head. (And then I’ll give it to Chantimor!)
A cowboy and a pink rabbit
We would like to thank the members of the club for making us welcome (and for the wine) and for participating enthusiastically in « Santianno » & « Pay Me My Money Down » and to Terry Brenchley for organising it all.
Three days later we set off in the opposite direction towards Redon….
………Part 2 coming soon.
There will be a warm welcome at Le Rosbif on FRIDAY 12th February.
Book your table for Fish ‘n Chips or other Pub Grub and come and sing saucy shanties with us.
Venez manger des « fish and chips » (ou d’autre) et chanter les chants de marins avec nous. Ambiance chaleureuse assurée.
Le Rosbif English Bar
Le Rosbif St Vincent sur Oust