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 more contemporary folk songs where appropriate. We mostly perform a cappella (unaccompanied), but do sometimes include instruments such as guitar, mandolin and accordion. Our repertoire is presented with gusto, good humour, and occasional mischief!

Holes in the Nets
A whimsical song about the serious subject of overfishing

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Fairbridge Festival 2017

It’s Fairbridge Festival’s 25th year! The Lost Quays are excited to be part of this fine festival of folk, roots and world music.  We have five performances lined up, so …