May, June, July, August 2018

32° in the shade. La Chèze. 5th August

Irish Pavillion – Festivale Interceltique, Lorient. 10th August

Restaurant d’Arvor – Ambon. 15th August

In the Green Room behind the scenes at the Interceltic Festival

Bronwen & Martyn exchange a smile at Ambon

Photo by Julien Danielo. Port Anna, Fête des Voiles Rouges. This nearly got called off due to terrible weather.

Melrand – up on the lorry. Hot day.

La Chèze. Energy levels flagging. Trying to stay in the shade.

It’s Raffa!!



!!! Are we on TV??

Martyn & P-H strolling in Concarneau. 21st June. Bloody freezing that night!


Oh, Mel, what are you up to! A sunny, but chilly evening in Lomener.

Photo by Julien Danielo.

Port Anna in the rain. Photo by Julien Danielo.

View from the stage before the gig. Port Anna.

On the Irish Stage at the Interceltic Festival, Lorient


The boss with his beloved Cajun drum.

The last time I was on the André-Yvette was 2 years ago when Chantimor sang on it to celebrate its 80th birthday.

Sign backstage at the Festivale Interceltique: « No drugs, No sex, No rock ‘n roll, No cake AFTER 7pm » Quick time check. It’s only 5.30pm – so – Woo-hoo! Bring it on!

Sound check on the Irish stage.

Mel at Port Anna. Photo by Julien Danielo.

Martyn blows a kiss. We have just finished our last gig. Many thanks to Justine & Hervé who run the bar, restaurant at the « Camping d’Arvor » and who made sure that we had plenty to eat & drink there!

A bit of final preparation with the M.C on the Cornwall /Isle of Man stage at the Interceltic Festival.



Concarneau. Photo by Bronwen

At Kerroc’h

Escales à Kerroc’h

Thank you for all your support this year, from the CHANTIMOR CREW.



Chantimor’s review of the year 2017

2017 has been another up and down sort of year for Chantimor.
You may remember that in 2016 we said goodbye to Ian, Anwyl & Dave and when we started 2017 we had no idea that we would lose another two members.
In May we said « au revoir » to Geoff, who moved back to the UK, and in October we said « au revoir » to Terry, who moved to Le Charente.

                                                                                             Terry & Geoff
At the same time, our Skipper, Mike, was pole-axed with a nasty bug which put him out of action on and off throughout the season.
Things were not looking good and it was touch and go if Chantimor would survive. We couldn’t commit to long term projects, not knowing if we would have enough shantymen & a musician to do a proper job.

BUT! Ta dah! To the rescue came Mel with her guitar and then, a few months later, Pierre-Henri with his melodion.

So Chantimor lives to sing another day!
If you follow our Facebook page: Chantimor56 you will have seen some of our exploits this year, but for those of you who don’t, here is a round-up of what we got up to this year:
MAY: We kicked off the year in Vannes at the Semaine du Golfe. We sang in the streets and at Paddy O’Dowd’s Irish bar at the Port. Geoff & Terry were still with us at this point. It was Mel’s first outing with us, and Pierre-Henri had not yet turned up.  






It was an unbelievably hot day in Vannes and we struggled to keep out of the sun by huddling under the awning at Paddy’s Bar.

After singing for several hours, we took ourselves off to the local Indian Restaurant and said goodbye to Geoff.

The Vannes line-up:   Mick, Mel, Mike, B, Martyn, Geoff & Terry

JUNE: Our friends at Les Mercredis Musicaux at Concarneau invited us to share their spot inside the city walls at La Fête de la Musique. It was a lovely warm evening.

Concarneau line-up: Mel, Tel, Martyn, B, Mick & Mike

JULY:  We were still six British ex-pats at the Pardon of Melrand 

Merand line-up: Mike, Terry, Mick, Mel, B, Martyn & Raffa

Pierre-Henri joins us for the first time.

Bieuzy line-up:  Bronwen, Mick, P-H, Mike, Martyn, Terry & Mel

AUGUST:  A second time at Bieuzy in the morning (they love us….. and we’re cheap!!) then a quick démontage of all the gear to hop over the county line to La Chèze for an afternoon concert.

A little reminder that we are in Brittany!






The new boy is getting the hang of it & is starting to look the part.

La Chèze summer line-up: Moi, Martyn, P-H, Mick, Mike, El Tel & Mel

Then came this year’s Pièce de Résistance: (The Cherry on the Cake seems a reasonable translation – the Main Event, the Show Stopper…) The Interceltic Festival in Lorient.

Interceltic Line-up: Bronwen, Martyn, P-H, Mick, Terry & Mel.                                             And a sound guy provided by the Kernow/Isle of Man stage. Brilliant.

We all had a great time!

Chantimor at the Interceltic Festival on YouTube. CLICK HERE!

SEPTEMBER: An unplugged gig at Lanvaudan.

                   Mike, Mick, B, P-H, Terry & Mel.                             This was Terry’s penultimate gig with us.
Then came the time to say goodbye to Terry Brenchley (aka Sir Terry to his other group, Hartigan’s and Scurvy Dog to his compatriotes in Chantimor.) Here he is, second from the left below, fiddling with Hartigan’s…

… and expounding on something or other with Chantimor.

We’ve done our bit, so Martyn, Bronwen & Pierre-Henri rehydrate while watching Hartigan’s perform.

Terry & Mike set up for Terry’s last hoorah with Chantimor.


Back to La Chèze for a chilly gig (and smelly – how were we to know that the brown stuff we set up in wasn’t mud?)

La Chèze winter line-up:  Mick, Mel, Bronwen, Martyn, Mike & honorary Brit : Pierre-Henri       

                                                                                                                                                                   Finally, the last performance of the year:  CHANTI -NOËL!                                                                                                      Leading the carol concert in the Chapel of Saint Mérec.



We had a Chanti-Fest at the local restaurant where we drank too much and sang long into the night.
We’d like to thank everyone who has followed and supported us this year, especially Jenny, Mike E. & Ricky. They know the songs as well as we do and give us the time and space to do our thing. 
Wishing you all a Healthy & Peaceful New Year.
Love from: Bronwen, Mike, Martyn, Mel, Mick and Pierre-Henri.

Together, we are CHANTIMOR.

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.

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

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.

Wayne steps in as lead Shantyman on

                  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.


Fête de la Musique, Moréac 030

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!