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Friday 22nd June - Sunday 24th June 2018

Gala Concert

Falmouth Packet Shanty Concert

Saturday 23 June 7pm at the Princess Pavilion

featuring Nordet, Rum & Shrub, Femmes de la Mer & The Oggymen

In addition to the free main festival, don't miss this all seated event. Tickets still available at £10 available online here or from the Princess Pavilion Box Office and The Cornish Store


Latest News: * Festival CD and New Flashdrive Version Now On Sale  * Famous Tall Ship to Visit Festival 

* Festival Joins Campaign to Fix the Seas of Plastic  * Festival Gear Now Out!   * 2018 Festival Singing Programme 


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Singing Programme 2018

This shortened programme provides the time and venue for each performing group across this year's International Sea Shanty Festival. The festival is sponsored by Skinners Brewery and Seasalt Clothing and raises money for the RNLI. The full programme will be available to purchase for £5 from The Cornish Store and the Festival Shops on Custom House Quay and Events Square. Click here to view the PDF version. 



Welcome to one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere!

This year we have 64 groups from all over the UK as well as from Brittany, Holland and Ireland who will each perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties from over 20 very different venues throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!

Falmouth has a proud and very long history as a first safe port of call for deep water sailing ships with their weary crews often having been at sea for many months. It was here that they filled our waterside alehouses with their songs and yarns and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. Many of the pubs and clubs that refreshed those Cape Horners and Clippermen remain. If you listen very carefully as you walk along our seventeenth century quays you can still hear them singing!

We sincerely hope you can enjoy as much of our festival as possible. With the now famous Breton Bash starting at 2pm on the Friday on The Skinners Stage, to the fabulous massed singers closing finale on Sunday afternoon, we are confident that you will have a memorable weekend.

We look forward to seeing you!



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Thursday 21 June: Shanty Cruise with Oll an Gwella - Sold out!