Hello! Bonjour! Hallo!
Chantimor has been taking a break recently as we are all either working, have gone abroad or are suffering from various aches and pains that are taking a while to go away, but we hope to be able to re-group again soon and start preparing for the summer season.
As you know, we have a Facebook page which allows us to be in contact with shanty groups from all over the place – and this gives us a sense of belonging to a wonderful community of musicians & singers.
One of the Shantymen that I am in contact with is André Baheux who has been newly appointed as President of « Les Vareuses Porteloises »
He has had the brilliant idea of grouping together a list of links to each others’ sites.
So, for those of you who do not have access to the Facebook page which is run by Bronwen & Terry, let me introduce you to some of our Shanty friends from around the world.
Starting with André’s group in the North of France:
Next, let’s go over to America, where I am in contact with one of the members of « Bounding Main » who will be doing a European tour in the summer.
Ok, so now let’s pop over to Holland, as I’d like to introduce you to « Easy & Free », who play Irish music as well as Shanties. They are based in the beautiful Dutch town of Giethoorn.
Staying in Holland, « Scheepsfolk » have built an international reputation and regularly play in France & the UK.
Then, a quick trip to the UK to meet « The Exmouth Shanty Men ».
Finally, I’ll finish off Part 1 with a quick mention of our mates down in the south of France: « The Aude Shanty Men », who we hope to catch up with in May.
I hope that you have discovered some new shanty groups.
Part 2 coming soon.