Terres Fertiles 2017

The tiny village of Lanvaudan is situated deep in the Breton countryside. The road to the village winds its way through the woods and when you eventually get there you will find that there is no network for your mobile phone.

Once a year, in September, there is a two day music festival called « Les Terres Fertiles ». In theory this festival is « unplugged » – with no amplification allowed. Being British & playing by the rules, we have twice been caught out, bringing along nothing but our voices & an acoustic guitar and of course, we are the only group to do so – and therefore we find ourselves competing against other groups who are (loudly) wired for sound.

This year though, our pitch was in someone’s front garden so we were fairly well protected from the sounds of the other groups. But it isn’t easy singing outside with no sound system. We’ll be better prepared next year!


Mel can’t resist doing the Bunny Ears!

A small crowd gathered in the drive.

From the left: The Skipper, Mick, Bronwen, P-H, Terry & Mel

It’s always worth taking a tankard along – you get more beer & don’t have to drink from a plastic cup!

Mel gets friendly with a silly ass.


Chanti at the Festival Interceltique 2017

Rolling up, Rolling down,                                                                                                       We all get drunk in Tilbury town,                                                                                         Twenty-four hours to turn it round                                                                                     And go Rolling down the river

A sudden flurry of e-mails from Mel asking if we could do a performance at the Lorient Interceltic Festival made us spring into action. 
We had 24 hours to turn it round and appear on the Cornwall (Kernow) and Isle of Man stage. No time to rehearse. The Skipper was away. Time for Chanti to crank it up a gear, throw together a programme and give it our best shot.
The Festival Interceltique takes place in Lorient every year and lasts all week. There is Breton music, a funfair, Celtic music, street-food, dances, a book fayre, Rock music, clothes, bags, Punk music, jewellery, Shanties and yet more music. There are people playing harps and a variety of other instruments including air guitar.
This year’s festival was dedicated to Scotland. So as no-one in Chanti seemed to possess a kilt, it was on with the tartan corset and let’s go!


The festival takes place all around the town – it’s mostly free of charge, but there is one quay where entry costs 5€ for the week. (Get a badge & don’t lose it!) There are also headline acts on the principle stage which you do need to buy tickets in advance for.






Mel & Terry talk to the sound engineer.


It was a really fun evening. 

 Mmmmm – a real Cornish pasty.

We don’t usually eat before we sing – so we’re always starving afterwards. Once everyone had got the smell of mine, they couldn’t resist!      


The port of Lorient looked beautiful as the sun set. Then, as it got dark, weird and wonderful stuff started to happen.
It has been estimated that 750,000 people attended this year. If you were not one of them here are some photos to give you an idea & flavour of the festival. (Photos taken mid-week)

Taking it easy.


Bonjour! Hello, there!

Have you wondered where we are & what we’re doing? There have been some changes to the Chantimor line up, some comings & goings & a little bit of being under the weather & being busy in our professional lives – so we haven’t been doing as many summer gigs as we would usually do.

Geoff has returned to the UK – he did his last gig with us in May at La Semaine du Golfe.

New Girl, Mel has joined – with a lovely voice & the ability to play all sorts of instruments.

Oh, and we have made Martyn’s dog, Raffa, our mascot. (He has his own Chanti-scarf!)

We’ll be taking it easy for the rest of the month, but will be back in August.

So, take care & speak soon.

Introducing Raffa!



Terry, Martyn, Mick & Mel wait for the call.

Fête de la Musique 2017 Concarneau

Mel & Tel at Paddy O’Dowd’s Bar, Vannes

Vannes, La Semaine du Golfe, Geoff’s last gig.

Melrand July 2017

Here’s an article which I thought was worth bringing to your attention.

So, Ladies & Gentlemen, if you enjoy tales of ships & beer … click on the link to the original article and read on!

Did you know that in the golden age of sail, a seaman in the Royal Navy was entitled to a ration of 6.5 pints of beer per day? OK, pretty poor quality beer in all likelihood. When the beer supplies ran out, sailors would depend upon an alcoholic cocktail known as grog which comprised rum, water and […]

via Portsmouth – Battleships, Gunboats & Grog! — Fintan’s Brew Book

Friends around the world part 1

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.

Review of Chanti’s 2016


 January –  practice at Chanti HQ.


We started the year with nine.

Chantimor at Val Quéven Golf Club

  First gig of the year:  February: Quéven Golf Club: the annual prize giving.

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                  February: We invite Wayne to step up as lead Shantyman on « Drunken Sailor » at Le Rosbif pub. A fun evening & proper English sausages & chips!


                  May: We set off to Concarneau to play at Les Mercredis Musicales folk club.This was to become Anwyl’s Last Hurrah with Chantimor.



June: Preparing for a special La Chèze concert to celebrate The Queen’s birthday. Not a shanty in sight – we called in Graham & his guitar to help us out.


   We talk Graham in to staying on board to do a few Shanties with us at Port Anna’s Kermesse.


                   We get ourselves invited on to the Jean & Jeanne, an old Sinagot.


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Still in June: We join Les Gaillards d’Avant de Pontivy at La Fête de la Musique in Moréac.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES At La Chèze Caravan Exhibition. I couldn’t perform AND take photos, so here’s a selfie of me and Martyn on the day.


dscn4123                July: Back at Port Anna for La Fête des Voiles Rouges. By now we had become the Magnificent 7. We sang on an 80 year old boat on Saturday (that was fun!!)….


……… and in a field on Sunday (being attacked by mozzies).SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe ground was on such a slope we had to fix the music stand with tent pegs.

We didn’t know at the time that this would become our 2017 line-up.




July: Chilly in Bieuzy-les-Eaux – this is supposed to be summer! We have to get under cover because of the drizzle.


August: Melrand « Pardon ». Terry on the fiddle & Bronwen on Ocean Drum and all of us in a tiny space on a lorry.


End of summer :Rehearsals continue in Bronwen’s garden, we still had several gigs to do.


Back in Bieuzy for the Sunday morning summer market – and a more comfortable temperature. Then on to La Chèze for a hot afternoon gig.



Last summer gig at the beautiful Rochefort en Terre.


In mufti, down at the River Blavet – end of term bash for the six still standing!

And finally……  December: Téléthon – St Thuriau near Pontivy.


So, this year we said goodbye to Ian Pedley, who kindly allowed us to keep his collection of tankards.

And also to Dave & Anwyl Williams, the founders of Chantimor





     Photos for this blog and our Facebook pages are usually taken by Bronwen or Rikki.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES  dscn4211Thank you, Rikki, for the better quality photos, and to all of Chantimor’s friends and families who came and supported us this year.


 We will be back in 2017 with a new programme, and we hope to see you again soon.

Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you all, on behalf of
Martyn, Terry, Mick, Bronwen, The Skipper & Geoff
Together, we are CHANTIMOR!

A Trip To Bristol

« The Matthew »  Read its fascinating story here:  https://matthew.co.uk/

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« The Great Britain » http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/



Do you dare cross the line?

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« All around Cape Horn in the month of May ….. is a bloody long way »(Rosabella)

And you can see how far it is on this upside-down map.



Couldn’t resist the opportunity to dress up.

I can highly recommend exploring Bristol’s nautical heritage and learning more about Brunel’s fabulous engineering.

To find out more, check out these sites: