The Lost Quays are an 11 voice male choir dedicated to singing shanties and other songs of the sea. A sea shanty (or “chantey”) was traditionally sung by sailors while labouring together aboard sailing ships. These songs are rhythmic and energetic, but are simple and easy to learn, making them ideal for audience participation. They can reveal interesting insights into seafaring history.
While many of their songs are traditional, The Lost Quays also embrace more contemporary folk songs where appropriate. They mostly perform a cappella (unaccompanied), but do sometimes include instruments such as guitar, mandolin and accordion. The Lost Quays’ repertoire is presented with gusto, good humour, and occasional mischief!