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.

Coming Soon! Our annual open shanty session on Sunday January 26

We’ve found a cure for the post-December doldrums

Now that the party season has faded into your rear-view mirror, fancy leftovers are long gone, and lights and decorations taken down, what’s the point of going out?

We wanted an annual celebration but didn’t want it to be lost in the flurry of December holidays. So we’ve been hosting an open shanty session in late January (or early February) for the last three years — a two-hour session in the back room of the Tipper Restaurant, a local venue that is a great supporter of the local arts community.

We’ve booked the room this year for Sunday, January 26 with singing from 7-9 pm. Come earlier and have dinner. Friends, shanty fans, and shanty-curious are are all welcome to bring their voices and their own shanties to lead as we sit around long tables and make the rafters roar. There’s no cover charge, a good food and drink menu, and it’s a great way to sail into the New Year. Here’s our full list of events.

Photo evidence of our activities

Now with Video Evidence!

This spring, we wrapped up an “official” Lazy Jacks video. Every year, Geist magazine runs a contest for a shanties rewritten for workers other than sailors … baristas, librarians, snowplow drivers.
This year, the winner was Gwen Martin of New Brunswick, and we were delighted to put our spin on Gwen’s creation. The magazine is worth a look, too. Due to ongoing scheduling conflicts, we didn’t have a full crew. But we had enough to make some noise.



The crew on a sunny Sunday afternoon, just outside of the Old Hastings Mill Museum. Tankers instead of tall ships. (From left to right: Anthony, Betty, Ian, Pat, Rick, Allison, Steve, Ev [missing].  March 2019.