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Kimber’s men are probably the finest purveyors of sea songs and sea shanties in the world. Audiences everywhere rave over their harmonies and this year they have appeared at festivals at Ostend in Belgium, Portmagee in Ireland, Arbroath and Portsoy in Scotland, Fano in Denmark, and at home at the infamous Falmouth Sea Festival in Cornwall.

There has been much discussion over the last 50 years as to whether shanties were originally sung in unison or in harmony. The two arguments go thus: 1. All shanties were sung in unison because the work was so hard and the majority of seamen couldn’t even sing in tune. 2. Most shanties were sung in harmony because a lot of the sailors were either Caribbean, Welsh or Irish and these races are renowned for their ability to naturally sing harmonies. So you take your pick. When Kimber’s Men formed in the summer of 2001, they decided to sing harmonies wherever and whenever possible because it is kinder on the ear and they would like the audience to want to listen to them for more than five minutes.

Recently featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 television production of Shanties and Sea Songs with Gareth Malone; the latter being the most viewed programme of the year. They have also released a 50-minute DVD which features them Singing up a Storm in concert with Show of Hands. Expect to laugh, sing and be generally entertained!

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427