A group of local shanty singers delighted onlookers by the Prince of Wales in Pier, Falmouth by a performance of the traditional Cornish song “Lamorna.” The Bryher’s Boys is made of 11 men who are aged between 50 and 70 years.
The Bryher’s Boys specialty is sea shanty songs which rose into popularity in the area following a Scottish postman posting a performance on social media during the Covid-19 lockdown. Shanties are traditional sea-faring songs that sailors would sing as they went through chores aboard ships.
The group’s performance comes as the G7 summit is set to be held near Falmouth, Cornwall County. The band leader, Trevor Brookes, observed that the G7 summit presents an opportunity to display the traditions and culture of Cornwall. The group will also be performing in this year’s virtual International Sea Shanty Festival on 19th June.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, and other G7 leaders will convene at the Carbis Bay town, which is 56 Km from Falmouth, for face-to-face meetings. The global pandemic and climate change are some of the topics that will possibly be on the agenda.
Sea Shanties are traditional in Cornwall, as stated by Brookes. He further said he is glad for the new impetus shanties to have received. This follows shanties entering pop culture after the postman Nathan Nevis posted himself performing “Wellerman” on Tik Tok during last year’s coronavirus movement restrictions.
A re-mix of Nevis’ song was so popular that it reached the top in music charts in the UK. It is even reported that he has received a record deal.
“There are so many things that could capitalize on that, “said Brookes while referring to the G7 summit. Businesses in the hospitality, maritime, and entertainment industries are also set to benefit. The summit will allow many to have a taste of the culture of Cornwall.