Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Singing in St Ewe

The Tars enjoyed an outing into deepest Cornwall, to sing at the beautiful old church of St Ewe, All Saints.  The event was to raise funds for roof repairs, an urgent requirement as a rain-proof roof is pretty essential in Cornwall.  We sang to an appreciative audience, a full church, and our shanties and songs of the sea made the ancient rafters ring!   A successful evening for all, as almost £800 was raised.

Photo from front of Tower and Spice Parish Magazine

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Falmouth in the Sun

The sun shone for our favourite festival, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, on our ninth consecutive year - and it was a good one!  The town was bursting at the seams, Betty Stogs beer flowed and shanties echoed and overlapped from all directions.  Performing on the Seasalt Stage, Customs House Quay, was a high spot, singing to a jovial crowd in front, with the classic boats swinging on their moorings to our left - what a wonderful venue.  Some well-oiled revellers started the dancing, quickly joined by assorted children.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Plymouth Pirate Festival - 13 May 2017

At the 2017 Plymouth Pirate Festival, the Tavy Tars had the pleasure of singing aboard the tall ship the Kaskelot, moored alongside in Sutton Harbour.  This beautifully restored and maintained barque was a perfect setting for three sets of songs during the day.

The weather was kind and the crowds were out, so a great time was had by all, with pirates of all shapes and sizes singing along and conducting from the shore.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What's Happening in 2017?

The dates of our known events for 2017 are now published in the sidebar.  We will update it as events are added.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Shanty Special

It was a full house at Bere Ferrers Social Club on Friday 4th November for the ‘Shanty Special’.  The Tavy Tars hosted the evening, and their guests were a cracking shanty crew from Mevagissey, the Press Gang.  Both crews entertained a very appreciative audience, and then cheques were presented to various organisations from performance fees accumulated by the Tavy Tars. The recipients were: Make a Difference (Tavistock) £300, the Alzheimer’s Society £300, Weir Quay Watersports Hub £300, Kate Guest - £100 towards her educational trip to Borneo in 2017, and the RNLI £500.
The finale was a joint singalong session which raised the roof.  An additional £223 was collected during the evening to go towards funding the Bere Alston night landing site for Devon Air Ambulance.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Yealm RNLI Fish Supper

We were pleased to be asked back by the Yealm RNLI committee to perform at their fish supper at Newton Ferrers on 29th October.  The tickets had sold like hot cakes, no surprise as the fish pie was delicious!  It was a grand evening with a most responsive audience, and £558 was raised for the RNLI.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Horizons Charity Support

On 8th October we were very pleased to support the children's sailing charity Horizons at their end of season presentation event.  Horizons help disadvantaged and disabled children from inner city Plymouth by providing water based learning opportunities to improve self confidence, social and practical skills. Their base is at the Mayflower Marina, and we enjoyed a pleasant midday event of song and sausages, even rubbing shoulders with the Lord Mayor of Plymouth who was presenting the awards.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Tavy Tars Big Give Away

Raising funds for worthy causes is high on the list of motivating factors for the Tavy Tars – 2nd only to enjoying our practices and performances!  Over the last 12 months our bank balance has steadily increased to the point where we feel we must now distribute some funds.  The chosen recipients this time are to be:
‘Make a Difference’ Tavistock
The Alzheimer’s Society
Weir Quay Watersports Hub Club
Kate Guest – a donation towards her educational trip to Borneo in 2017
The cheques will be presented at a ‘Shanty Special’ evening in Bere Ferrers Social Club on Friday 4th November, starting at 8:00 pm.  The Tavy Tars will be joined by their friends from Mevagissey, the Press Gang – join us for a great ‘singalong’ evening!

Free entry, with donations invited for charity.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Blustery Day in the Barbican

A blustery September day found Tavy Tars (lite on this occasion!) singing on Plymouth Barbican adjacent to Cap'n Jasper's. The occasion was Plymouth Seafood Festival on 24 September - so not only a special historic venue, but delicious aromas included.

Scary looking bunch aren't they? However they didn't manage to scare away all the resilient Plymouth crowds.  Just a good job it was only Tars lite.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Falmouth 2016

Most of us attended the Falmouth International Shanty Festival again this year, this being our 8th year. Three Tars actually sailed to Falmouth-how authentic is that?
Festival organisation was as good as always and there were 40,000 visitors over the three days. Tars did 4 sets and were well received.
Our thanks to the organisers and volunteers, Skinners Brewery and Seasalt Clothing, plus a very good sound team this year.
One of the Tars songs can be heard here