EXMOUTH SHANTY MEN - TEN YEARS & STILL AFLOAT!
The good ship Malarkey (a.k.a. The Exmouth Shanty Men) was launched ten years ago as part of the Exmouth Festival (see http://www.exmouthfestival.org.uk/).
In celebration we will this year be sailing around Europe - Poland, Holland, France - to take part in various maritime events.
Indeed, our next public appearance will be in Krakow, Poland at their International Shanty Festival (23rd to 26th February).
Our next UK appearance will be alongside the singer-songwriter Steve Knightley, of Show of Hands fame, at Lympstone Village church on Saturday 25th March.
Devon's 'original buoy band' first burst on to the folk scene in 2007 and their continually growing reputation has been founded on the authenticity and integrity of their performance.
Committed to keeping alive their home town and their nation's rich maritime heritage, they dress in period costume and put their songs back on to the decks of the tall ships or into the dockside taverns where they rightfully belong; splicing together hard-bitten, hard-sung work shanties with gentle forebitters & heartbreaking laments delivered with pathos.
Their interaction with their audience makes every performance unique and when not playing high profile events or corporate functions, they regularly enthral audiences in folk clubs & theatres, on harboursides and in pubs.
They have played the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth & the Tall Ships Regatta in both Waterford (Eire) & Falmouth (England); and many Festivals across the UK and Europe including Sidmouth, Warwick, Wadebridge, Falmouth, Wickham, Lichfield L2F, Banbury, Chippenham and Weymouth (England); Paimpol, Brest & Douarnenez (France); Oostende & Blankenberge (Belgium); Appingedam (Holland); Travemünde (Germany) and Krakow (Poland).
Featured regularly in print media as well as radio and TV at home & abroad, in 2014 they gained international recognition when they were presented with the "Stan Hugil Award" for the 'most authentic shanties' at the highly respected Krakow International Shanty Festival.
The 'buoys' have now sailed many a voyage together and it shows in every note and gesture, with their jiggery - and indeed their pokery - widely known to be highly infectious.
They are described as "just sensational" by the TV and Radio presenter Judi Spiers (click here) who is known to the crew as Sheila Blige.