Shanty Men go national

PUBLISHED: 16:41 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12: ALED Jones has revealed he is a fan of the Exmouth Shanty Men saying they are 'my kind of boy band'. The BBC presenter famed for his choirboy rendition of Walking in the Air featured on The Snowman cartoon gave the thumbs-up to the Exmouth Shanty Me

ALED Jones has revealed he is a fan of the Exmouth Shanty Men - saying they are 'my kind of boy band'.The BBC presenter - famed for his choirboy rendition of Walking in the Air featured on The Snowman cartoon - gave the thumbs-up to the Exmouth Shanty Men on his BBC Radio Three programme, The Choir.The former choirboy recently featured the Shanty Men's music as part of his show, which included sea music from around the world.After treating his listeners to a recording of the Shanty Men's performance at Falmouth's International Shanty Festival, Aled Jones said their shows were 'testosterone filled'.During the radio show listeners heard several of the Exmouth crew's songs and also interviews with band members - who explained the origin and history of sea shanties and the place the Exmouth Shanty Men have carved out for themselves on the folk scene. Founder Martin John Nicholls said the group, who perform in full costume and re-enact their songs with ropes, capstans and pump handles, was attracting a lot of interest and fans from all over the UK."We are dedicated to keeping alive the proud maritime heritage of Exmouth and East Devon, and celebrating the courage, skill and spirit of those who risked their lives at sea," he said.l The Exmouth Shanty Men are performing in Exmouth's Manor Gardens at 2pm on August 31, A la Ronde, 2pm on September 13, and the Globe, Lympstone, 4pm, September 21.

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