The Sheringham Shantymen
The Sheringham Shantymen were formally launched in 1990 having started singing some two years earlier as a group of local lifeboat men and friends celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the private sailing and pulling Sheringham lifeboat the 'Augusta'.
Over the next 20 years the group developed their own style of performing songs of the sea constantly refining their music and always trying to entertain the public whilst raising funds for charity.
The group has remained true to its roots and still maintains a very close connection with the RNLI which is reflected in its membership. Many of the shantymen are supporters and members of the Sheringham Station and include the Lifeboat Operations Manager, two Treasurers, and one ex-crewman.
As the years roll on it becomes ever more difficult to source good original songs, and they have noticed how public perception has changed as well. Like other Shanty groups they are indebted to Fishermens Friends who through hard work and perseverance and not just a little talent have managed to raise the bar and get national recognition for their robust style of performing sea shanties. Everyone benefits from that. The prime aim of the Shantymen is to give a performance, to entertain the public, to give value for money and share with their audience just how much they enjoy their music. They know the genre will survive and they leave it to others to have those the high aspirations..... Read more »