The shanty was a work song, designed to impart rhythm and to motivate sailors for the strenuous physical exertion required to sail the wind-driven packet and clipper ships of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Frampton Shantymen have no tradition of seafaring and we strenuously avoid physical exertion. Also only a couple of us can still remember the late nineteenth century.
For us, shanty singing is a great way to bring people together in the joy of making music. We may or may not achieve historical accuracy but if you feel better at the end of the evening than you did at the start then we have achieved our aim.
If you want to hear more then please get in touch but be warned: you’ll want to join in!
We’re a bunch of mates who met many years ago through the Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir. We would sing in the pub after rehearsals, finding that was a good way to get people to move away and leave us space to sit. Then we tried sea shanties and people started to move towards us so they could join in. We’d hit on something!
We were invited to sing at local community and charity events and in various pubs, then as word spread that expanded to festivals, weddings, private functions, schools etc.
100% of the funds we raise are donated to charity. Over the past two years we have donated over £6,000, as well as singing at other fundraising events where thousands more have been raised. The organisations we have supported include:
> Paul's Place
> New Futures Nepal
> Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir
> Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust
> Floral Friends of Frampton
> Alzheimers Society
> Manor Hall at Coalpit Heath
> MV Balmoral
> Watermore Primary School
> Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School
> Christian Aid