In August 9 of us went to sing at the Festival du Chant de Marin in Paimpol Brittany, and 10 of us returned as Jo gave birth to a son while we were there. - See a few Photos taken at the festival.
From the 8th to the 11th June we sang at The Gate to Southwell Festival, twice in the beer tent (are we getting typecast?), on stage very effectively miked up by sound engineer Alistair Russell, and hosting a 'big sing' in a marquee.
On Saturday 12th November we celebrated our 5th birthday with plenty of singing during a 3 hour boat trip from Newcastle to Tynemouth and back. We were joined by The Fates and rounded off the day with party at the Cumberland Arms. See lots more Photos taken on the day. (Warning! - These photographs show us and our guests singing, drinking beer and having fun).
On September 9th, 10th & 11th we sang at Bromyard folk festival, we had five spots and a really good time with appreciative audiences in great voice.
On the 18th & 19th of June we sang at the Falmouth Shanty Festival, even our southernmost member had a nearly 700 mile round trip but it was worth it, an amazing festival where we sang with lovely people at the official venues and in impromptu sessions in pubs. They paid us in beer and pasties too!
We sang at Wardle Folk Festival on the 24th October (& at Rochdale museum)
On Saturday 3rd October we sang at The Liverpool Shanty festival
Had a crackin’ gig at the Central Bar Gateshead at the end of November.
We really enjoyed all the singing at Banbury Folk Festival in mid October.
We were very excited to sing at The Young’uns Headland Folk Festival, Hartlepool on the 12th & 13th April.
We had an great week-end on the 16th & 17th November Singing and carousing at The Shakespeare Gibraltar Street, Sheffield.
Our May tourette of ‘places just South of Huddersfield’ included rousing sets at Holmfirth Festival of Folk and Shepley Spring Festival, where we wowed ’em wearing evening dresses in the beer tent on Friday night.
At the Shanty Festival at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, Easter, where we showed them that ‘women can sing shanties’.
Back in Whitby, where we’d formed the crew a year earlier, we performed three times as part of Whitby Folk Week :
lunchtime on Tuesday 21st on board Reaper, moored in the harbour;
and as guests at Jim Mageean’s shanty session in the Endeavour on Thursday afternoon.
Shepley Spring Festival May 26th & 27th was our first festival booking, all four of our spots had the audience in great voice and demanding encores. We were broadcast on local radio too!