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'We are a mixed group of singers that share a love of singing the ancient and evocative harmony songs from the Republic of Georgia.'

+ Borjghali
Visits to the Website92
Also indexedBristol Georgian Choir
Views of The ‘Full’ Record238

'2017 is the 9th year of singing unusual and local carols in the pubs of Bradford on Avon and these wonderful events have become loved by many. For this year we’ve decided to expand the teaching we give to spread these carols and their arrangements more widely. As well as the one-off learning session on the second Saturday in December there is a new singing group starting in September where you can learn the carols and their harmonies in more detail.'

+ Bradford on Avon Carollers
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record222

'Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman's Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers.'

+ Fisherman's Friends
Visits to the Website219
Views of The ‘Full’ Record185
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Choir sings Traditional Songs popular in East Anglia and beyond over the centuries including: Sea Shanties, Drinking Songs, Elizabethan Rounds, Traditional Ballads, Laments, Chorus Songs and more. Organised by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, the Lark Folk Choir is open to all ages and abilities.‘

+ Lark Folk Choir
Visits to the Website49
Also indexedEast Anglian Traditional Music Trust
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

‘Based in London, singing in Bulgarian ... the London Bulgarian Choir invite you to join them in finding that ancient resonance in the depth of the human heart ... We are primarily a performing choir, and have sung in churches, concert halls, festival tents, rock concerts, television studios, embassies, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs, hilltops, village squares and a barge on the Thames ... Membership ... is open to anyone - male or female - who enjoys this unique kind of music and style of singing. We have over 35 members from all around the world. Each brings to the choir their own special qualities. New members are welcomed - we don't audition, but we do have a waiting list.’

+ London Bulgarian Choir
Visits to the Website40
Views of The ‘Full’ Record107

Mariners Away home port is the village of South Zeal on the northern flanks of Dartmoor. (OK so we are at least 20 nautical miles from the sea!). We formed on 22 November 2007 when Bill Murray, a well known local folk music performer, was asked by Mike Eastman to provide some musical entertainment at the annual dinner of the local (Lyme Bay) Section of the Cruising Association (www.cruising.org.uk), one of the oldest and largest cruising yacht clubs in existence ... We take our name from the Mariner’s Way, a fabled ancient route used by sailors to travel between the ports of Bideford on the North Devon coast, and Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. South Zeal lies en-route and the King’s Arms is believed to have been one of the hostelries.‘

+ Mariners Away
Visits to the Website175
Views of The ‘Full’ Record131

'Since 2008 we have been coming together to learn sea-shanties, murder ballads, protest songs, work songs, love melodies, folkified non-folk songs, and good old knees-up tunes, from across the centuries and all over the world. We learn tunes and harmonies by ear (ability to read music is not required). We perform at festivals and folk clubs, in train stations and park bandstands, and our concert ceilidhs are our latest addition to the London folk scene.'

+ Morris Folk Choir
Visits to the Website98
Views of The ‘Full’ Record241

Old Gaffers is the name of our shanty crew, based in the South Hams of Devon. Most members have some association with the sea and have been singing traditional songs for many years. The group can be seen and heard performing from a large repertoire of songs at a number of different venues throughout the year.‘

+ Old Gaffers
Visits to the Website26
Views of The ‘Full’ Record48
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Have since their formation in 1923 provided the very best in traditional Cornish and modern choral music. The choir has appeared on radio and television, attracts audiences from many countries wherever they perform and has forged friendships with choirs from England, Wales and elsewhere in the worl ... On selected Wednesday evenings throughout June, July & August each year the choir can be seen “at home” on the fish quay in Polperro, entertaining locals and tourists alike ... Many members of the choir are also in the Polperro Wreckers who sing in the lovely Old Millhouse Inn in Polperro at about 9.30pm on most Wednesday evenings.’

+ Polperro Fishermen's Choir
Visits to the Website188
Also indexedPolperro Wreckers
Views of The ‘Full’ Record295

'Sings unusual carols in The Prince Albert, Rodborough, every Sunday lunchtime in December leading up to the 25th ... Some among us are knowledgeable English music singers and instrumentalists and they talked of the surviving traditions of village carols in Yorkshire, especially around Sheffield, and parts of N. Derbyshire and Cornwall. Singing and drinking ticked the essential boxes for us so we resolved to learn some village carols and sing them in the Albert at Christmas ...'

+ Prince Albert Carol Consort
Visits to the Website119
Views of The ‘Full’ Record308

‘Raised Voices is a political choir based in North London. We sing for peace, justice and the environment, against militarism, capitalism, racism and sexism. We also sing to raise money for various campaigns, at political events and on demonstrations, often with other choirs, as well as at festivals and at parties ... Raised Voices welcomes singers of all abilities. New members are always welcome!’

+ Raised Voices Choir
Visits to the Website14
Views of The ‘Full’ Record43

‘We are a group specialising in Gaelic work songs, particularly those sung by women while waulking the tweed. We are based in Greenock, Inverclyde ...  We are passionate about presenting our songs in the context for which they were designed. They are not concert pieces, but were sung to accompany work - spinning, milking, churning, reaping and grinding corn, as well as waulking the cloth, which forms the centrepiece of all our performances ... We currently have ten members (more always welcome!), and perform regularly at venues up and down the west of Scotland, with the occasional foray to the far east.’

+ Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh
Visits to the Website79
Views of The ‘Full’ Record179

‘The Sheringham Shantymen are immensely proud to wear the RNLI badge on their uniform and the only organisation outside the RNLI that is allowed to do so. They support the RNLI in a myriad of ways as well as supporting and performing at lifeboat stations around the United Kingdom and Ireland ... During 1988 a group of local lifeboat men and friends formed a shanty singing group to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the private sailing and pulling Sheringham lifeboat the “Augusta”. They enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to continue ... Although the Group’s members nowadays are now from a variety of occupations they have remained true to their roots.’

+ Sheringham Shantymen
Visits to the Website36
Also indexedRNLI
Views of The ‘Full’ Record77
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed originally to sing shanties at the launch of a new pilot gig on the river Tamar, the pleasure of performing together has kept us going ever since. The Tars all live on the Bere Peninsula in West Devon, where there is a fine tradition of amateur music making. Apart from the music, we are bound together by a shared interest in rowing, sailing and all things nautical. Our music reflects that shared interest - we perform a mixture of traditional sea shanties and other “songs of the sea”, blending male voice harmonies with instrumental support from guitar, concertina and banjo. As our reputation has grown, we have been invited to perform at some very different events, across the South West and beyond.’

+ Tavy Tars
Visits to the Website56
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118

‘Dartmoor Folk Choir ... We started in 2008 with an eclectic mix of untrained singers who had a passion for learning about themselves and their singing and who were keen to experiment ... The name “The Lost Sound” relates to the quality of singing that is archaic and deep in our ancestry – the one that rings out and touches the listener, regardless of the style of the music. It’s the sound that sings the singer! It is a quality of pure, full-bodied, committed singing, that used to be a part of every one and in every community.’

+ The Lost Sound
Visits to the Website81
Views of The ‘Full’ Record114

‘The Cornish have a proud tradition of expressing their loves, beliefs, hopes and fears through music. Songs chart the history of Cornwall's Methodist past, the hardships of life as a tin miner, the peril of those at sea, or the lament of the cousin jack, longing for family and familiarity whilst working a long way from home ... In 2010 we formed the Aberfal Oggymen with one purpose in mind: To sing Cornish songs in three part harmony, and to sing them in our community so they would never be forgotten. Apart from dropping the Aberfal from our name, [people kept thinking we were Welsh], nothing has changed since then.’

+ The Oggymen
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record159

‘The inspiration for Traditional Carols in London comes from many of the small villages on the periphery of Sheffield in South Yorkshire where every weekend, from the first Sunday after Remembrance right up to Christmas, people squeeze into small rooms in their local pubs to sing carols together in a secular celebration of Christmas ... Carol singing itself is not new to London, but since about 2005 a group of us have been gathering in pubs to sing these "Sheffield" carols along with some from Sussex and a few of the more commonly known carols ... We hope to encourage people to come and join us to sing these beautiful songs over a beer or two, to help keep these old songs alive and, most of all, to enjoy a musical and secular celebration of this most magical time of the year.‘

+ Traditional Carols in London
Visits to the Website11
Views of The ‘Full’ Record21

Village Carols is a non-profitmaking organisation which exists to record and promote local carol singing traditions. Its main roles are undertaking fieldwork and research, organising the collection of source material, and promoting local carol singing traditions.’ The future events listed on the ‘Village Carols’ Website tend to be around and about Sheffield; for a survey of activity elsewhere in the UK, see the alternative ‘Local Carols’ Website.

+ Village Carols
Visits to the Website122
Views of The ‘Full’ Record146

The Northumbrian Community Folk Choir for Men ‘A group of men from a variety of backgrounds and with a broad range of musical experience, who meet every week to share the joy of singing, in good company. We sing a wide range of songs, in exciting vocal arrangements, mainly from the North East folk repertoire, but including gospel, world music and contemporary popular songs.’

+ VoiceMale
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record115

‘The Wareham Whalers have been rocking the boat with our powerful shanties since 2004 ... We sing Shanties as they would have been sung for work on board ship and for the rare moments of recovery down below. We aim to capture the strength of this music and ensure that there is never a dull moment when the Whalers are about! Somebody once made the mistake of spelling our name Wareham Wailers – our Bosun ensured that that would never be repeated. As well as our performances we also run hour long workshops illustrating the history of Shanty singing and showing how the shanties were used…. with real rope!’

+ Wareham Whalers
Visits to the Website63
Views of The ‘Full’ Record131
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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