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The Shanty Buoys

The Shanty Buoys are a wandering acoustic group home-brewed in rural Suffolk with an unmistakably bold and original harmonic sound covering folk, sea shanties ('The Wellerman'!) and acoustic folk covers of contemporary songs and '90s classics.

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Secure your 2021 / 2022 booking before the 31st October 2021, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against new bookings.

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  • Event The Shanty Buoys Sea Shanty Singers / Folk Choir Suffolk
  • Event The Shanty Buoys Sea Shanty Singers / Folk Choir Suffolk

Set List / Repertoire

Sea Shanties & Whaling Songs:
(This is just a selection of our repertoire)

  • SOON MAY THE WELLERMAN COME
  • PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN
  • WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR
  • THE JOHN B. SAILS (WRECK OF THE JOHN B.)
  • THE BALAENA
  • BLOOD RED ROSES
  • BLOW THE MAN DOWN
  • BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
  • DON'T FORGET YOUR OLD SHIPMATE
  • HAUL AWAY, JOE
  • JOHN KANAKA
  • LEAVE HER JOHNNY
  • LET THE BULGINE RUN
  • MAGGIE MAY
  • MOLLYMAUK
  • NEW YORK GIRLS (CAN'T YOU DANCE THE POLKA)
  • RANDY DANDY-OH
  • THE RATTLIN' BOG
  • ROUND THE BAY OF MEXICO
  • SAM GONE AWAY
  • SPANISH LADIES
  • WE'LL ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT ALONG / A DROP OF NELSON'S BLOOD
  • YARMOUTH TOWN



"Shantyfied" Covers of Contemporary Songs:


  • UPTOWN FUNK (Bruno Mars)
  • ICE ICE BABY (Vanilla Ice)
  • HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME (Britney Spears)
  • MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY (the Specials)
  • PARKLIFE (Blur)
  • WANNABE (The Spice Girls)
  • GALWAY GIRL (Ed Sheeran)
  • BAGGY TROUSERS (Madness)
  • REACH (S Club 7)



Foc's'le Ballads and Sailors Hymns:

  • THE PADSTOW FAREWELL
  • GOD MOVES ON THE WATER
  • THE ARBROATH TRAGEDY
  • FIDDLER'S GREEN
  • BEYOND THE SEA
  • FAREWELL TO TARWATHIE

2 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
  • Poor 0

Shanty Buoys were brilliant!!!!

5 stars - The Shanty Buoys are Highly Recommended
booked The Shanty Buoys for their event in London June 2021

“Excellent performers, very communicative before the day of the event, very easy to work with. The day went perfect and the Members and guests loved the show! 5* rating!! Shanty Buoys were simply brilliant ??”


Shanty Buoys @ Dunston Hall Hotel

5 stars - The Shanty Buoys are Highly Recommended
booked The Shanty Buoys for their event in Norfolk

“We had a fantastic night with the Shanty Buoys at Dunston Hall. The band provided a great atmosphere, lots of unique songs, got the group to join in the songs and provided a really enjoyable night. Our guest had lots of positives to say about the music :-) Booking the band and communicating with Stephen was very easy and all the group were polite, friendly and easy to enjoy their company. I'd be happy to recommend!”

Prices

Price from £833 + travel from Suffolk

Based on 4 members performing 2 x 40 minute sets

  • East of England From £833
  • Wales From £923
  • West Midlands From £962
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £962
  • South East From £962
  • South West From £962
  • East Midlands From £962
  • Scotland From £1,006
  • North East From £1,026
  • North West From £1,026

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Lineup

Default lineup: 4 members

4 x Performers (including Percussionist) as standard.

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Please Note: Quotes for events based in London currently include a ULEZ / Congestion Zone charge. Any London events outside of these area’s would receive a discount of the charge amount. Please speak to an Alive Network booking agent for details.

The Shanty Buoys take their cue from the likes of The Fisherman’s Friends and The Sheringham Shantymen, giving performances which are an authentic mix of traditional 19th century pub singaround, offbeat fun performances with a dash of medicine show huckster but primarily a fresh and dynamic approach to folk music that has seen them described as “A slightly salty Mumford & Sons”.

With a hugely diverse repertoire, ranging from the Middle Ages - the present day, they are as at home singing rousing traditional sea shanties, whaling arias, smuggling and wrecking refrains, murder ballads and tunes of ne’er-do-wells as well as acoustic and “shantyfied” covers of contemporary songs and ’90s bangers by the likes of Vanilla Ice, S Club 7, The Spice Girls, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and others - all performed with their own unique “shanty” twist.

The group have a traditional shanty line-up of between 3 and 7 vocalists (according to your requirements and budget) but also with a percussionist playing cajón, occasional guitar-backing and even the occasional dulcimer and mandolin and with over 10 years’ experience performing at some of the most prestigious venues across the U.K., festivals and high-end corporate events, the Shanty Buoys promise to bring something fresh, memorable and fun to your event or wedding day - the perfect mix of chilled-out acoustic background with block-part harmony, unique entertainment and lots of fun.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS AND EVENTS:  
“In the Heart of the Sea” movie premiere (Leicester Square), Birds Eye, “Black Sails” TV Show, HMS Belfast, Adnams, BBC Radio 2, Royal Ascot, Royal Epsom, Olly Murs (private birthday party), Channel 4, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Sodexxo, The Leadenhall Building, Heathrow Terminal 5, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mondelez International, the BBC, King’s Cross St Pancras, The Paddock Club Silverstone, The Savoy Hotel, The Mayfair Hotel, The Westminster Estate, Charles Street Banker’s Club,
Harwich International Shanty Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, FolkEast, Jimmy’s Farm Festival, Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival and when they were 12 years old in their parents’ front rooms (twice, during Casualty).

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