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!

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Guilford Song Festival

Come and see us at the inaugural Guilford Songfest on Saturday 16th September. The weekend includes 26 hours of singing, with over 350 performers. All concerts and workshops are free! …

Run Aground @ WA Shipwrecks Museum

The Lost Quays are hosting a special presentation in the historic Batavia Gallery at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Join us amidst the original timbers of the Batavia (wrecked in 1629) …