Sea Shanty Group Considering National Tour

Giles Lethbridge and Derek Shave from Bone Idol

Scilly’s sea shanty singing group, Bone Idol, say they are getting more offers of paid appearances and that has convinced them to prepare a second CD album release.

Giles Lethbridge and Derek Shave have just returned from series of performances at the Royal Cornwall Show and the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, which included a trip to Port Isaac to sing with the nationally-recognised shanty singers, Fisherman’s Friends.

Derek says that, being from the Isles of Scilly, has generated a lot of interest in the group

From Radio Scilly

Hear Giles and Derek talking about their performances…

They performed twelve sessions over three days in Falmouth, but Giles says they’ve started to use microphones, which he described as a ‘godsend’ because they don’t have to shout to be heard and hence damage their voices.

Derek added that visitors to the Falmouth Festival are ‘serious’ sea shanty traditionalists, which does limit the range they can perform, although he says they managed to slip in a few Queen songs.

He says the group are getting offers of paid work at various festivals including a return to next year’s Falmouth Festival and they’re even considering taking some time off to do a more extensive tour of the country.