Sunday Singing / Chanter Dimanche

We were asked if we would sing at a local village Sunday market. They would be summer specials, one in July & one in August in Bieuzy-les-Eaux, Morbihan.

The bright & breezy members of Chanti (that’s all of them except me) were more than happy to turn up at 10am to set up the gear and start singing at 11 o’clock.

So here we are in Brittany in July, all dressed up in our winter costumes and under an awning to keep the fiddle dry. Oh, and no microphones – as electricity & mizzle don’t combine very well. You can’t really see the rain in the photos – but trust me – it was chilly & drizzly. But that’s Brittany for you. I have learnt to expect unseasonal weather all year round.




Then one month later…..

Same time & place in August, not a cloud in the sky, the sun is shining and it’s hot, hot, hot!

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La Chèze, Troc et Puces 2016


Then it was a quick dash up to La Chèze in the Côtes-d’Armor for a hot performance in the afternoon.

(Thanks to Simon Davies for taking the photos at Bieuzy.)


February Antics part 2

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"

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!


February Antics Part 1

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.

Chantimor at Val Quéven Golf Club

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.


A trip to Rochefort-en-Terre

Last Sunday, we consulted our maps & set co-ordinates for Rochefort-en-Terre 56220, and set off in torrential rain to find this beautiful medieval village in the middle of nowhere.

If you have never been to Rochefort – you really should make the effort to visit it twice – once in the summer, and once at Christmas, as it is famous for its Christmas lights.


The plan was to sing in the garden of Le Tour de Lion  but it was clear from the start that this was going to be impossible – so a quick change of plan found us squeezed into Le Café Breton next door, where the lovely Eva supplied the crew with food & drinks.


Inside Le Café Breton, there are antiques & interesting objects & nooks & crannies – and if there is time –  Eva will tell you the fascinating history of the buildings & paintings.





Anyway – I think we pleased the public – here are some reviews of the café I found on Trip Advisor, written on 28/7/15 & 26/7/15

5 stars : Nous sommes arrivés dans rochefort sous la pluie, dans l’heure du repas, la rue était déserte et l’ambiance, comme le temps était un peu froide.
Nous cherchions donc un endroit où manger, et au moment où nous nous arrêtons devant cette crêperie, des gens sortent, la porte s’ouvre, et de là provient une ambiance incroyable qui nous invite à découvrir l’intérieur. Et nous n’avons pas été déçu.
Des crêpes bretonnes très savoureuses et copieuses, et un concert de chants marin en anglais pour accompagner le repas.
Un moment inoubliable.

4 Stars:Nous sommes venus en famille et avons passé un très bon moment. Nous avons découvert ce restaurant recommandé par le Géoguide. Galettes et crêpes très bonnes, cadre authentique mais sympathique, nous avons eu la chance de manger avec un petit « concert » de chanteurs ce qui était très agréable, même si un peu fort au début. Service au top.
Ooops – sorry if we were a bit loud!
We sold several CDs and chatted with people from Spain, the UK & other parts of France.
Hopefully we’ll go back when the sun is shining one day – and sing in the garden as arranged. And have another one of Eva’s delicious crêpes.

Bieuzy les Eaux / Kerfourn 12 juillet 2015

Place: Bieuzy les Eaux; a quiet little village near the river Blavet.

Event: Local market

Position: next to the church.  Time: 10.30am Weather: Warm & sunny.

Musicians on board: Dave on accordeon, Anwyl on whistles.

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Then, everyone jumped in their cars & a convoy rushed off to Kerfourn, where we sang the same songs all over again.

Event: Charity Lunch; all proceeds to the Nepal Earthquake Fund.

I believe that more than one thousand euros were raised. Well done to everyone who worked so hard in the kitchen, and glad we were able to help out in some small way.


Chanti-Noël St Barthélémy 56

Chantimor vous invite:

Venez chanter avec nous!

St Barthélémy, dans la salle derrière l’église.

Le mardi 16 décembre à19h30

Entrée : 2€

Apportez une bouteille et des friandises (salées ou sucrées) pour partager et pour faire la fête.

Chants de marins, chansons de noël modernes et traditionnelles en Anglais, Français et Latin

Vous jouez un instrument ou chantez? Vous êtes invités à faire votre tour!

(Veuillez prévoir la secrétaire de Chantimor par mail:

IMG_0968 Chantimor invites you to come and sing Christmas songs & carols.

Words provided!

Put on your glad-rags. Bring a bottle & a sweet or savoury dish to share.

Can you play an instrument or sing? Then why not come and do « a turn »? Just let us know in advance what you plan to do and we will offer you a « guest spot ».

So, see you at St Bart (near Baud). In the hall behind the church. Tuesday 16th Dec at 7.30 for a bit of Chanti-cheer!

Le disque de la semaine – Radio Bro-Gwened

radiobrogwenedNous étions ravis de rencontrer Claire Peres, journaliste à Radio Bro-Gwened ce matin.

Terry and I went along to Radio Bro-Gwened to represent Chantimor and to promote our CD  « Roll ‘n Go », after Shantyman Ian gave us an initial contact at the station.

Speaking ‘live’ on the radio in French is a bit like taking an oral exam; you’re not quite sure what question is coming next and you have no idea how well or badly you’re doing.


Claire Peres was very nice and asked us questions about how the group was formed, the making of the CD & about « Chants de Marins » in general.

It’s a very casual set up with microphones around a large table. Cups of coffee were offered and we were made to feel at ease.

We were delighted to hear that Roll ‘n Go is going to be the « album of the week » or « disque de la semaine » this week.

We presented three tracks which were chosen by Claire Peres: Baidin Fheidhlimidh & South Australia, then Serafina and finally Old Maui.

Four other tracks will also be played throughout the week: Round the Bay of Mexico, Hog Eye Man, Sally Brown & Doodle Let Me Go.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe podcast will be available all this week on radio Bro-Gwened’s website – so you can listen in online if you missed us this morning.

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Bronwen, Claire Peres et Terry aux locaux de Radio Bro-Gwened, Pontivy. Le 3 mars 2014