Last updated: June 17, 2015
We have been to Falmouth on four occasions, more than we have gone anywhere else, and it is of special significance as it was our first international event way back in 2006 and more especially in that we always receive a very warm welcome from our good friends in Falmouth Shout, and we usually share a song and a drink with them whenever we can.
This years' Festival in Falmouth was the biggest and best yet, with over 50 groups performing on the streets, on the two big stages and in the pubs and hotels. Literally everywhere you went in Falmouth you could hear shanties ringing out and there were superb groups performing old and new songs. We also met several old friends from different groups and it was great to interact with them again.
We arrived safely from Newquay having flown from Dublin airport on the Friday, and after a buffet of pasties, prawns and strawberries, washed down by pints of Betty Stoggs, we made our way to our first performance onstage at Custom House Quay at 9pm, which went very well indeed. On Saturday, it was great to meet with Penny again and share some reminisces of her visit to Waterford, when she joined us in Callaghane. We had four gigs all day at 3, 5, 7 and 9 pm (each 50 minutes long) so it was tough going for a bunch of fading shantymen. We also had to eat on the hoof: poor old Olly was starving when it was all over (and cranky too!!) but all he could get was olives and other bits and pieces. But while we were helping Olly to eat those in The Shed, a gaggle of women on a hen night out and wonderfully dressed in Great Gatsby outfits insisted that we sing a song, and Tony duly obliged with Lady of Autumn.
We had two gigs on Sunday at 1 and 3pm and we were kindly asked at the Falmouth Hotel if we would sing a song for a local woman celebrating her birthday and Pat duly obliged with The Rose of Allendale and Olly with Cockles and Mussels. The closing ceremony at five was very special. It was preceeded by Fishermans Friends, who gave a great performance, watched by a large and appreciative audience. Many of the groups sang a song each, and Joe finished it all off with a great rendition of Roseanna. A flavour of what was sung is available here.
Our good friends from Falmouth Shout (Alan, Gordon, Phil & all the crew) very kindly invited us to join them for a meal in Cribbs Restaurant. The food was good and the wine flowed freely and we sang some wonderful songs to finish off a great day and indeed a great weekend. Back home then on Monday and the routine. But a wonderful weekend was had by all and it will live long in the memory.
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