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Sea Shanties, Sails and Smuggler's Tales

On Sunday 23rd April, authentic sea shanties choir; the Rogues Chorus will be making a rare performance of music and stories about Suffolk at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft.

The show “Sea Shanties, Sails and Smugglers’ Tales” promises an evening of music and song as well as customs, superstitions and traditions of sailors; from fishermen to whaling sailors to smugglers. 

The evening will feature songs from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th Century, that were sung off The Suffolk Coast as well as songs that were sung on land when the fishermen and sailors were on leave.

The show will also explore the function that the songs served and present a detail on the lives of sailors; from mid-ocean going fishermen to the brutal expeditions of the whaling ships, which recruited within Suffolk.

The show's director Paul Amer says “We are aiming to deceive people of their senses as we take them on a journey which will test even the strongest of sea legs. We have chosen the Seagull Theatre because of its close location to the sea and the Suffolk shoreline, which will allow our music an accompaniment of the sound of waves and the sea.”

TTDE - Shanties, Sails and Smugglers Tales

The choir started life as a cultural arts project which celebrates the heritage, music, industry and living history of the coastal towns of Suffolk; and sings and performs sea shanties, maritime music and folk songs from Waveney and the Suffolk coast. 

The group also explores and researches the social and historical context of how maritime and nautical songs were sung in their original setting, as well as exploring where and why they were sung and local connections or provenance of performance in Suffolk. 

The group consists of singers, percussionists and local historians who perform rousing and humorous songs of seafarers, which includes the fishing industry, the whaling trade and tunes about the history of smuggling and wrecking, of which Suffolk’s various towns have a murky and well-documented history. 

They also sing murder ballads, 6th-century pirate arias and old century tunes of ne’er-do-wells and will be performing these, accompanied by historical local stories which are “too strange to be made up”.

 The show starts at 7.30pm with all seats at £7.00, available from The Seagull Theatre box office 01502 589726 or online at www.theseagull.co.uk

For further information, visit www.facebook.com/RoguesChorus or call 07909 510976


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