The Lost Quays

Barba non facit philosophum | Faber est suae quisque fortunae | Ex astris scientia | Ut mare quod ut ventus | Bibo ergo sum | Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur | Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur | Rari nantes in gurgite vasto

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“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 our songs are traditional, we also embrace folk and pop songs where appropriate. We mostly perform acapella (unaccompanied), but do sometimes include instruments such as guitar, mandolin and accordion. Our repertoire is presented with gusto, good humour, and occasional mischief.

Our song for 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing in Western Australia

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