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Shanties At The Jolly Sailor

Shanty and Open Mic nights - From 8pm on a Tuesday and Thursday


Miner Quay started life as small group of friends meeting every couple of weeks in a public house in Looe singing Sea Shanties, Fishing and Cornish Mining songs for their own enjoyment. The original venue was a small bar with little (if any) room for listeners (much dependent on how many singers turned up), so they decided to find a new venue with more space and with the necessary entertainments licence.  Thus, a move was made to West Looe to their present home, very appropriately named 'The Jolly Sailor'.

They invite other singers and artists to their weekly Tuesday night Open Acoustic evening with a range of music from Shanties, Sea Songs, Fishing Songs, Cornish Mining Songs, Traditional & Contemporary Folk and Blues – it all depends on who turns up!

Initially starting as a practice session in the Jolly Sailor, Thursday nights soon became “Shanty Night”. They have 'chorus & response' sheets for the audience to sing along. They tell people about the shanties, their origins and the work they were used for.

Come on down to The Jolly Sailor on a Tuesday night and join in the open mic night. Bring your guitar, banjo, saxophone, jew's harp, harmonica, tamborine... or just your voice!

Pop down on a Thursday night to enjoy the stories and songs of the Shanty Night. Old sea shanties sung in a 500 year old Smugglers Inn!

Both performances start around 8pm. All are welcome.