Rum and Shrub Shantymen are a group of traditional singers from Cornwall, UK with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. We have been singing together as a group since 1991 and known each other for a lot longer than that! We are equally at home on a concert stage, on a boat or quay, or in a bar - in fact since we seem to spend so much time singing around the local waters, Mylor Yacht Club might well be our second home. Listen out for us, join in and enjoy our enthusiasm.
The name Rum and Shrub is taken from one of Cornwall's best kept secrets and is our favourite throat ‘medicine’ - Shrub being an alcoholic cordial reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers to disguise the salty taste of their contraband, and rum being rum. Whenever you visit a “proper Cornish” pub be sure to order one, you wont be disappointed. It is taken 50:50 in careful quantities to ensure clarity of voice, - if not head!
Our first recording ‘Sea Shanties’ was a best seller in Cornwall, and is still popular today. Our second recording: ’Cornish Lads’, featuring the new Cornish anthem of the same name, has been a great success and was used by Carlton television in a documentary about tin mining. Our third release: ‘When the Hauling’s Over’ brings a greater depth of material and again features compositions from group member and songwriter, Roger Bryant. The release of our fourth recording 'From Ushant To Scilly' saw great reviews and has proved to be our best recording yet. Copies are available from the group and from local record stores. Look out also for our new recording which we are preparing to release during the summer of 2014.
We have performed at many events in Wales, Brittany and Germany notably Fishguard, Swansea, Brest, Douarnenez, Lorient, Morbihan, Paimpol and Vegesack. We have also sung at major English festivals such as Bristol, Portsmouth and Salcombe as well as appearing at all the significant festivals and shows in Cornwall including all the Falmouth Shanty Festivals. More recent ventures have included a tour of the Eastern seaboard of the USA with performance venues ranging from Mystic Seaport to New York City, a trip to Waterford in Southern Ireland, some memorable visits to the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen and national TV advert work.
We are delighted to welcome an old friend who has joined us this year, singer, song writer and musician Tony Franklin. We look forward to making new friends and hearing new songs wherever we go, and we very much hope that you enjoy our singing as much as we do. Just follow the contact link for enquiries and bookings.