Chagford Summer Music Festival Week 11 -  ‘Mariners Away’

Chagford Summer Music Festival Week 11 - ‘Mariners Away’

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St Michael the Archangel Church

Parish Church


TQ13 8BN

United Kingdom

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Songs of salt, swagger and sinew. Come and hear the popular local crew sing muscular, sturdy songs from our maritime heritage.

About this event

Chagford Summer Music is a series of twelve FREE lunchtime concerts each lasting about 50 minutes.

Inspired by the desire to share music a group of Chagford friends have organised a variety of concerts with a desire to enrich and connect the community through free live music, bring people together, attract visitors to our vibrant little town, contribute to Chagford's thriving cultural environment, and create enjoyment and inspiration for all

The Concerts are all free thanks to the generosity of local businesses who have demonstrated their strong commitment to the local community by sponsoring the Events.

Today's event is sponsored by O'Brien Van der Steen Workshops

To see details of the whole Summer Music programme

Mariners Away are singers of Sea Shanties and other Songs of the Sea and come to Chagford fresh from the Falmouth International Shanty Festival.

In the old days of wooden sailing ships, sailors sang sea shanties as they hauled ropes and weighed anchors, the rhythm of the singing supporting their work. These were not high art songs elegant with the poetry of the sea. Far from it! These were all-hands-on-deck, rough-jack-tar, drill-and-discipline songs, vigorous enough to synchronise the hard physical labour of sailors out in rough seas or loading cargo under blistering sun. Steam-powered ships and machine winches silenced the traditional working songs long ago, but sea shanties still have the power to thrill the blood.

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