Shanty Street

Busking slots at the 2016 Folk Fest in Shanty Street, AKA Molesworth St
Busking slots at the 2016 Folk Fest in Shanty Street, AKA Molesworth St. Top L-R: The Zips; Millie; Cataclews; Hop'op'ops
Bottom: The Shipwrecks; Helen and Rachel; street dancer. All photos: Bob Griggs

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon, and Monday during the Food Fair, 12-4pm (approx.)

"Shanty Street" is our scratch name for a project to fill Molesworth St with music and dance throughout Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Organised more like a battle than a concert, we pull in talent from Wadebridge, Cornwall and the South West, from various folk clubs and open mic sessions, from random encounters and friendships.

The musical mix will be eclectic — yes, there will be some out-right folk, maybe some bluegrass, but also some jazz, songs from shows, pop and rock. There might even be a shanty or two.

Shanty Street is a musical and dance pathway, not a straightjacket, not a pigeon-hole box. It will probably be chaotic. It will certainly be fun and lively!

Many of the performers listed elsewhere are also playing in Shanty Street. This page is still a work-in-progress, which we hope to flesh out with details about more acts as well as days and times.

Alan Steel

Alan Steel

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Alan plays a variety of easy listening accordion music including Cornish, Irish, Scottish, French and pub sing song tunes. He's an entertainer at Old Folks Homes, British Legion, cafes, etc., and am often found busking in Wadebridge to raise funds for the Lions.

And a regular at the various Wadebridge folk sessions, and the 'Spot the Dog' sessions at Hewitt's bar in Molesworth St.
Breezy

Breezy

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Familiar to millions(!) as the legendary Leukemia-busting busker of Padstow and St Albans, 'Breezy' is a a fine singer, an accomplished guitarist and an experienced and well-loved performer.
Du Hag Owr

Du Hag Owr

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Formed over eight years ago, Du Hag Owr has grown in numbers and now has a rich vein of experience with performances across the country from Land's End to London. Venues ranging from the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno to The Golden Hind in Southwark, next to the Thames.

The original Seasalt Shantymen, the group has been at the opening of various stores from Exeter to London, including John Lewis's in Oxford Street and also at Kingston and Reading.

At the 2016 Falmouth International Shanty Festival we performed at five venues and look forward to another action packed weekend in 2017. We have supported various Shanty and Folk festivals over the years, including Wadebridge, Clovelly, Perranporth, and Portscatho plus Beer and Fish Festivals across the county and weddings and other local events.

Often singing for our supper, we raise money for the Children's Hospice South West, have produced a couple of CDs (with a new one out soon!) and provided backing for a film for local fishermen.
Foxwillow

Foxwillow

Shanty St, day and times TBC

Foxwillow are singer/song-writers Celia Sainsbury and Martin Dearmun. Their original material encompass elements of folk, country and rock, enhanced by a strong use of vocal harmonies. This is underpinned by Martin's crisp rhythm guitar and Celia's melodic flute and clarinet. Foxwillow's songs reflect a strong connection to the natural world, and are sung and played with energy and passion.
Izzie

Izzie

Shanty St, day and times TBC

Izzie is a young singer-songwriter with a voice and soulful spirit beyond her years. Inspired by artists of the 60's and 70's, such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Johnny Cash, Izzie writes her own beautifully crafted songs. In these songs she showcases her advanced guitar style and impressive vocal range.

Lost-e-Ukes

Shanty St, date and times TBC

We are a ukulele band based in Lostwithiel. We have been together for three years, and enjoy performing for charity and non-profit events.

We like to play popular songs that everyone knows, and aim to have fun, rather than take ourselves too seriously.
Phil and Jerry

Phil and Jerry

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Phil and Jerry have been playing together in pubs and and folk clubs for over six years both as a duo and as the “front half” of the four piece band Steamrocket. Their repertoire stretches from acoustic folk, skiffle, country, gospel & blues through to "plugged in" versions of the classic pop and R&B songs of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s
Samphire

Samphire

A female barbershop quartet who sing in four part harmony - just for fun.
Snob Hill

Snob Hill

Shanty St, date and times TBC

We are an acapella quartet and our repertoire includes a wide range of songs from the traditional to bordering on the modern!

The weekly cake is still a well established tradition!

Steve Pickett

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Steve has appeared before at Cornwall Folk Festival, as half of the 'Riverstone' duo. During the last year Steve has been refocusing on his role as a singer-songwriter, which will be reflected in his solo performance at this year's festival. Thought provoking lyrics accompanied by finger-picking guitar style.
Taking The Piskies

Taking The Piskies

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Steve plays mandolin and bazouki, Debbie the whistle, bodhran and shruti, Barbara the bass viol, harp and violin, and Vince guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.

We sing and play folk music with a twist, sometimes diving deep into our Celtic Heritage with ballads and sea shanties, sometimes singing more contemporary songs, and we have our own compositions too.

Folk music is a participant sport, we try to sing songs that you will want to join in with!Artist's Website
The Pirates of St. Piran

The Pirates of St. Piran

Shanty St, day and times TBC

Cornwall's favourite pirate crew.

We are a thirty strong, non profit making, charity fund raising group working primarily to raise funds for the RNLI, Children’s Hospice Southwest and The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. Since the group started we have raised nearly £50,000 for these charities.

We perform piratical and rumbustious versions of sea shanties, folk songs and our own original material ... all done in authentic 18th century pirate costume. We also stage plays, sword fighting, flintlock and cannon displays, given half a chance.

We perform most weekends at venues all over Cornwall and Devon and we regularly perform at festivals such as the Falmouth International Shanty Festival, Looe Music festival and The Little Orchard music and cider festival.

We have released 5 CDs, with the last one "Ship shape and Bristol Fashion" charting in the top thirty folk download charts.

This will be our first visit to the Wadebridge folk festival and we hope to meet new people and make new friends along the way. So please come and join us as we promise you singin', dancin' and carousin' and more fun than you could ever expect to have with your sea boots on. An them's as dies 'll be the lucky ones.

Visit our website at www.piratesofstpiran.co.uk
Or our facebook page facebook.com/piratesofstpiran

Artist's Website
The Press Gang

The Press Gang

Shanty St, date and times TBC

A group of 11 friends based around the St Austell Bay area. We have been going for five years and sing a mix of sea songs and the odd Cornish song thrown in. We've sung at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival for four years and have also performed at the Gloucester Shanty Festival, Harwich Shanty Festival and LostFest, as well as over 150 other gigs locally.
The Suitcase Singers

The Suitcase Singers

Shanty St, date and times TBC

The Suitcase Singers are a community choir that meet weekly in The Zedshed, Penryn. Beautiful accoustics and an amazing view over the water, we sing anything from jazz to folk to pop to world.... all music is taught by ear and there is no audition.
Wadebridge Street Band

Wadebridge Street Band

Shanty St, date and times TBC

Wadebridge Street Band started in 2014 as a 'Wadebridge Creative Hub' project, involving most of the present group. We’ve moved towards a more traditional 'folk' presentation, with harp, flutes, guitars and drum.

Streetband works co-operatively, so the style of music is whatever members want to play, from Cornish folk tunes and dances through to current popular music. Grow-your-own talent has come forward, with Paul Renshall creating new songs for the group.

You can hear Streetband playing his ‘Blown on the Wind’ on Soundcloud (click website link) and the track was picked for BBC Radio Cornwall's 'Introducing In Cornwall' broadcast on 28th January this year. Artist's Website

No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.

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