Islands’ Sea Shanty Group Call It A Day

Sea Shanty group, Bone Idol

Sea Shanty group, Bone Idol

The islands’ sea shanty singing group, Bone Idol, have decided to call it a day.

The group of eight friends living here and on the mainland was formed four years ago and progressed from singing in pubs to a number of high profile performances including the Royal Cornwall Show and music festivals in Dartmouth and Falmouth.

They’ve also been regulars at Scilly’s charity events.

The band secured paid gigs in Bristol and last year, singer Giles Lethbridge reported that they had developed such a following, that people had travelled long distances to their appearances.

Derek Shave says they were set to perform at the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival over the weekend and went on stage on the Saturday, but decided not to sing on Sunday as members agreed that each had different interests to pursue.

The group produced a CD and aimed to follow in the footsteps of their friends, Cornish-based singers Fisherman’s Friends, with whom they’d sung on a number of occasions. Derek says around 50 copies of the album are still available.

Giles wants to thank fans for their support and says they haven’t heard the last of their distinctly local style of music yet.

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