Shanties, with beer (optional)

Wow! We pulled in about 40 shanty fans and singers and easily filled two hours with traditional shanties, modern shanties, some humourous songs, and a moving recitation of a Les Barker poem, “Disaster at Sea” for our third (?) annual Open Shanty Session at the Tipper restaurant on Sunday, January 26. By the end of the evening, we’d heard songs in English, French, German, and … a Balkan language I need to ask the singer to identify. We’d added in bodhran, penny whistle, concertina, and button accordian, as well as seen the debut of our limber jack dancing doll.

It’s a great room for singing, but not for photographs, so we have no visual evidence. But there may be some audio files at a later date.

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