Exmouth's Shanty success

PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

Exmouth's own Shanty Men had the crowds shouting and whooping for more when they appeared at this year's International Shanty Festival in Falmouth last weekend.

Exmouth's own Shanty Men had the crowds shouting and whooping for more when they appeared at this year's International Shanty Festival in Falmouth last weekend. Formed only a year ago, the Exmouth Shanty Men were very much the new boys on the block and were nervous that their act was up to scratch when compared to some of the best shanty teams around. They need not have worried! Not only were our lads the only team to perform in character and in period costume, they were the only crew to use actions and props to illustrate the work done to the songs, and the only crew to receive standing ovations!

The crew's founder, Martin John Nicholls, said: "The boys performed six shows in just two days and worked very hard at engaging their audiences and reacting to what was going on around them. They appeared in many different venues and twice on the festival mainstage on Falmouth harbour before huge audiences. The reviews from the organisers, other crews and BBC Radio 3, who recorded the festival have been overwhelming. One folk music authority told us that he travels the world collecting sea songs and meeting shanty singers and he has never seen such an entertaining and authentic act as The Exmouth Shanty Men."

The Exmouth Shanty Men will be travelling to Exmouth's twin town, Langewehe, in August, appearing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival, Greenbelt Festival and many other local venues throughout the summer.

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