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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.

Price from £833 + travel

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Secure your 2022 / 2023 booking before the 31st July 2022, 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
  • 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

4 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
  • Excellent 4
  • Good 0
  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
  • Poor 0

Jamie to the rescue

5 stars - Jamie Duncan are Highly Recommended
booked Jamie Duncan for their event in West Yorkshire June 2022

“Jamie stepped in as a last minute replacement and was a joy to work with. He played a varied set to a mixed audience and was enjoyed by all. Once again thanks for stepping in Jamie”


Great entery

5 stars - Fire Specialist Vulcan are Highly Recommended
booked Fire Specialist Vulcan for their event in Monmouthshire June 2022

“Elliott arrived in good time to start his set. He was very flexible with our time table when others wanted to change slots. Even when we had a sudden downpour he battled on! Fortunately it didn't last long. The crowd loved him, would definitely book again.”


ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE

5 stars - (Lady Gaga) Radio Gaga are Highly Recommended
booked Radio Gaga for their event in Northamptonshire June 2022

“Gaga and her dancers gave an incredible performance that kept the crowd engaged and dancing the whole time. The outfit changes were fantastic and the highlight was her inviting up a couple of women from the local fire service who were fangirling at the front of the stage and got to join in dancing on the stage. she was an absolute dream to have at our Pride event and we would book again in an instant.”


STILL NOT OVER HOW AMAZING THEY WERE

5 stars - Shine On are Highly Recommended
booked Shine On for their Wedding in Northamptonshire June 2022

“Wow. Can we do it all again? From start to finish the band were amazing. Communication up to the event has been concise, quick and efficient, and they’ve been so open to our ideas. Then on the day the band arrived and were set up and ready in no time. Worked directly with the venue and DJ whilst we were otherwise engaged. Then the music started! The range of music they offer will have all of your guests on the dance floor, mine was full and bouncing! Everything they performed was just incredible. They’re the talk amongst my guests still days after! We want to do it all again. A massive massive thank you and id recommend to anyone. BOOK THIS BAND!”


Sisters Are Doing It.

5 stars - Mrs X are Highly Recommended
booked Mrs X for their Wedding in Surrey June 2022

“Mrs X you were amazing. Two great sets full of hits from a Stevie Wonder medley to Mr Brightside. Every one of them performed to perfection with great energy. You were a memorable part of a very special wedding. “We are family” you sang and you felt very much part of our family. You were also on time, totally professional and a joy to work with. Thank you.”

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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