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 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spring Has (almost) Arrived

It was a sad day for the Tavy Tars at the beginning of April when Peter left Bere Ferrers for good, moving up country to be nearer family.  Peter was an original member of the crew, and he will be sorely missed.  But the good news is that he will be joining us at the end of May for the Gloucester Shanty Festival – we’re  looking forward to that.

Knowing that Peter was on the move, a new Tar has been recruited.  Doug joined us in December, and has impressed us with his enthusiasm, his rich voice, and his ability to learn words in a few short months that have taken years for the rest of us to memorise! He's also brought our average age down a bit too!

The dark days of winter were fairly quiet for us, but we enjoyed a few gigs as well as regular appearances at the Olde Plough.  However the Spring has brought a flurry of activities – we have performed in Princetown, Yelverton, Bere Alston and Tavistock in the last three weeks and will be at the Plymouth Pirate Festival on 14 May.  Check out the events diary in the sidebar.

We were part of the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival on 21st April – an evening at the Tavy Club entitled Tavy Tars and Friends.  What a cracking night it was, with Andy Ancrum, Mike and Tilly, and Gipsy Train joining us. Watch out for it in the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival brochure next year!

Tavistock Camera Club were out in force for an 'altered images' competition at the festival. Thanks to Dianne Giles for these photos.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tars Giving Goes International

Tavy Tars have a long and proud history of supporting the RNLI, both through performing at big fund raising events like the Falmouth International Shanty Festival and singing at fund raising evenings at local sailing clubs and other locations.  Additionally, we have used our earnings from commercial singing opportunities and sponsorships to make donations. Our latest CD, 'Take Me in Your Lifeboat'  has sold very well enabling us to donate £5.00 to the RNLI  for each CD sold. 

This income has also enabled us to make donations to several worthy local causes, including youth facilities and our local sailing and gig club development.  Our latest donation is something of a departure from our previous good causes. A good friend of the Tars, Mel has been running a crowd funding project to raise funds for repairs to a taxi in The Gambia. You can read all about it at and might even want to spread the word and make a donation. We have decided to make up a shortfall in the funding target as we were impressed by both the cause and Mel’s previous good work.  Perhaps Aruna could be persuaded to play our CD in his taxi once it is back on the road!


Saturday, December 5, 2015


Friday 4th December was a bumper night in the Olde Plough, Bere Ferrers – there was a Sing-along-a-Tars evening to raise funds for the local youth organisation, Youth2Youth.  Previously the Tavy Tars had helped to fund the new Youth Hut, and this evening was specifically to pay for a cooker for the hut, and a series of cookery sessions.
The folk of the Bere Peninsula responded enthusiastically, with a full house for the delicious seafood supper provided by Sarah and Ted, followed by lusty singing of chorus songs led by the Tars.  And organiser Rosie was able to report that the target of £450 had been exceeded, and with a grant from the Rotary Club, the project could now go ahead.