We will be back in our Shanty-rabble costumes on Sat. 18th June at 6pm in the very pretty Port-Anna, near Séné, Vannes 56.
Standing in front of me was one of my students of English, a man I’ve known for several years. He likes to tease… He was smiling broadly and waving a news cutting at me.
« Have you seen this? » he asked, « The English Chantimor is in Ouest-France ». He then took great pleasure in reading the text in French to me – I hear the words « accordéoniste endiablé « . That’ll be Dave then, I think, and make note to self to check the exact meaning of « endiablé ». Go look it up. You have the choice of « devilish », « frenzied », « swinging », even « crazed, » maybe?
I was wondering what the journalist actually meant to say, but my guy has moved on to the next bit. « De solids et viriles matelots. »
Well – I’ll need to have another look at the crew! We did have some beefy blokes from the Aude Shantymen giving us a hand, mind you – perhaps the journalist was talking about them: strong and virile (« manly » is another possibility). Very flattering. Good on you, guys!
Now he’s actually laughing – « And, and… », he says « des poissonnières à la poitrine généreuse ». He then repeats it, louder, and with actions, just in case I missed it. He points at me – « Is it you? » he asks in delight. I’m appalled! A fishwife?! He’s translating in his best English now.. … »With a generous… » « Yes, yes, » I say, changing the subject, « Can I take a copy of this? »
« It’s for you », he says, then starts to regale the rest of the bemused class with an explanation of the article, the English Sea Shanty group Chantimor (he knows more about us than I thought) & the fact that their teacher has been described in the press as having a generous or ample … well, we won’t go there. To see what the journalist saw, go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chantimor/576808955673473
You’ll see us all in action: The frenzied accordeonist, the virile (ROFL) sailors and the « fishwives » of Chantimor. And I’ll leave it to you to decide if the journalist’s impression was correct or not. §§
(This is just like accepting an Oscar!)
For the Jean François song, follow this link: then tell me what you think. https://youtu.be/dOmW9_2z4Ew
La Semaine du Golfe will take place this year from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th May 2015 The principle port for this maritime festival is Vannes, but there is a massive movement of boats of all shapes and sizes all around all the little ports and islands of the Golfe. Every year, the festival welcomes one particular country, and this year it’s Croatia, with special events taking place on Thursday 14th. On the Saturday – there will be a Grand Parade with a flotilla of one thousand vessels, and if that wasn’t enough excitement, there will also be a Sea Shanty Competition held on the quay in Vannes. It’s called « La Trophée Capitaine Hayet ». Well, as soon as Chantimor heard this we couldn’t resist entering the competition.
First things first: we had to get through the pre-selection. There are 4 categories, so we entered all four (we had to send in examples of our songs) and were selected for two of them.
Oh – hang on – one of the songs we’ve been selected for is a Halyard song. Now, this means that we have to sing AND haul up a sail at the same time on a real ship.
And it isn’t some little yacht.
Hmmm. Sing and haul, eh?
Still – nothing ventured – nothing gained.
Coming next: Chantimor in training….and moral support all the way from the south of France.