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The Wellington Wailers at The BBC
Bill Brown Press Release for the Shoreham Herald 14 Jul 19
“Fresh from their success at last month's “International Sea Shanty Festival”, held yearly in Falmouth in Cornwall, the local, Shoreham, sea shanty crew: “The Wellington Wailers” were invited to perform, live, on BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey. This was aired as part of a programme “Sea Sunday” which was broadcast on the morning of Sunday 14th. The theme was dedicated to those that make their living off of the sea.
Emily Jeffery, of the BBC, invited the Wailers Captain, Ian Bush, to briefly interpret the origins of sea shanties and how they were used, on board of the old sailing ships, to encourage the sailors to coordinate their efforts in rhythm, whilst hauling ropes, or manning the pumps or capstan.
This was followed by nine of the Wailers singing a couple of sea shanties.
Emily also quizzed Ian on how and why the Wailers were formed and whether sea shanties had recently undergone a resurrection courtesy of the movie “Fisherman's Friends”. “The Wellington Wailers” came into being over six years ago and have, in fact, performed alongside of “Fisherman's Friends” on several occasions;
Whether the public interest, in sea shanties, is a passing trend should only be judged by listening and watching.
The Wailers next gig is at “The Duke of Wellington” pub in Shoreham on Thursday 18th July; they have a regular slot there mostly on the third Thursday of every month. There is the odd exemption so check out with their web site: www.thewellingtonwailers.com and look for the ‘Events’ page. All are welcome!
The BBC broadcast can now be heard on BBC Sounds: Search for “Emily Jeffery on Sunday Breakfast Show 14 Jul 19”
For more pictures of this event, please click here!
LOCAL SEA SHANTIES
Bill Brown for Shoreham herald 14 Mar 19
If you can't wait to see "Fishermans Friends", in Worthing on the 29th March. Come and see "The Wellington Wailers".
Shoreham's own sea shanty crew will be performing in "The Duke of Wellington", Brighton Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea,
on Thursday evening 21st March.
The Wailers have a regular slot at the Welly, the third Thursday of every month. Come and enjoy the entertainment and sample some of the outstanding brews, on offer pulled by the vivacious manageress Hannah.
As for the sea shanties, the audience is encouraged to join in the choruses and general shenanigans, all adding up to a rousing time.
A guaranteed good evening supporting a local band.
Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Thanks “The Wellington WailerS"
for being their nominated charity.
The Wellington Wailers, sea shanty crew, were most honoured to be invited on board the
“Enid Collett” all weather lifeboat, based at Shoreham Harbour, as a thank you for their continued fundraising from the sale of their CD's and various events.
Gathering last Sunday morning we were invited in to the modern boathouse where upon we were fitted with life jackets and welcomed aboard the Tamar Class lifeboat. Immediately feeling safe in the hands of her dedicated, volunteer crew, we were given a safety briefing. The lifeboat team were all surprisingly cheerful considering they had a “Shout” at 4am that morning to a yacht in distress.
We were all feeling slightly apprehensive at launching down the slipway. The boat started its descent, gently to start with, then a roar as its 2 x 1,000 Hp engines were switched on. At an exhilarating speed we hit the water with spray washing over her decks. We headed East on a short trip taking in the views of the Brighton and Hove coastline. Whilst at sea we were given the chance to explore the lifeboat with its amazing technology and safety equipment. Several of us were given the opportunity to take the helm.
Safely back on the slipway The Wellington Wailers presented the crew with a further donation, making the total, to date, in excess of £3,000
Our sincere gratitude to the Shoreham Harbour RNLI for an amazing experience and for always being on call for those in peril at sea.
Caron Brown, (Bosun's wife)
Press Release - The Wailers 2018 Panto -Oh no it isnt!
The Wellington Wailers successfully chased away the January blues, performing this year's pantomime at the Sussex Yacht Club.
Playing to a packed house the Wailers entertained over one hundred, mums dads and children, with this year's rendering.
Last year the panto was "Treasure Island", in which the Wailers mutilated Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story.
This year's theme was a sequel "Long John and the Smugglers", in which Long John Silver and his scurvy crew (The Wailers) turned their hands and hooks from piracy to smuggling.
Whilst the panto's theme was unconventional the format was traditional, with plenty of "Oh no it's not" and "He's behind you" in the script; plus being liberally peppered with double entendre and of course shanties, from the Wailers.
Long John's booty of golden chocolate doubloons was distributed amongst the younger members of the audience and the finale was having the audience joining the Wailers in singing "The Last Shanty", which involved everyone miming pulling ropes and climbing masts.
Judging by the crescendo of applause I think it fair to say that once again the Wellington Wailers had pulled it off.
Once the clamour had died down, the Wailers took the opportunity to present a cheque for a further £1000 to the crew of the Shoreham Lifeboat, who received it with effusive thanks.
This was the amount raised from continuing sales of the Wailer's latest C.D. "High Tides and Low Life"; the total raised now exceeding £1500.
For every C.D. sold ,retailing at £10 the Wailers donate £5. Added to that a very generous audience contributed a further £209.33 to the Lifeboat, in a bucket collection.
Needless to say the The Wellington Wailers, then spliced the main brace, raising a tankard to a most appreciative audience and revelling in a job well done.
Bosun: Bill Brown
The Wellington Wailers Donate £1000.00 To The RNLI Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat - Jan 18
This is mostly from money donated by the you good people who have purchased our latest CD 'High Tide and Low Life' so far. For every CD sold. We donate £5.00 to the RNLI.
Wailers add to the Pot - Bill Brown -16 Nov 17
Following the report, in last week's Shoreham Herald " Sea shanties will help raise roof at museum" The Wellington Wailers gave a concert, at the Marlipins Museum on Friday evening 10th November.
This was their third time performing, at the Museum, entertaining a capacity audience. The first part of the show was a light hearted history of the origin and usage of sea shanties, interspersed with snatches of those songs. Then followed a break, for fish and chips, washed down with wine. Once the audience were reseated. the Wailers returned to the stage, dressed a pirates giving vent to a whole compendium of the more rousing sea shanties, encouraging the audience to join in the choruses.
Needless to say everyone joined in and once again the evening proved to be a resounding success. Not only the entertainment, but raising money for the impending roof restoration.
( The Wellington Wailers appear every third Thursday at "The Duke of Wellington", and this year will be singing around and about the town, on "Light up Shoreham", his year's late night Christmas shopping on the 8th December.}
Sea shanties will raise the roof
A Review from The BBC
Letter from Jon Lewis (Producer) of BBC Radio 2 “The Folk Show”
Firstly, here is a letter from Bosun Bill Brown to Mark Radcliffe, after a track from our CD “High Tides and Low Life” (Paddy Lay Back) was played on ‘The Folk Show’ on 11 October 2017;
F.A.O. Mark Radcliffe
Huge thanks for playing one of the tracks from our CD “High Tides and Low Life”, last night. It was a massive boost to the morale of The Wailers.
Rest assured we will be splicing the main brace, heavily, this evening.
Also, your introduction was a magnificent plug not only of ourselves, but you managed to include Shoreham, The Lifeboat, The Duke of Wellington pub and The Ropetackle Centre.
Keep up the good work.
Once again thank you.
Bosun Bill Brown of The Wellington Wailers
Reply from John Lewis (Producer) of BBC Radio 2 “The Folk Show”;
You’re very welcome!
We hear quite a lot of Shanty crew recordings, but yours was particularly enjoyable.
Great vibe and good singing.
Thanks for sending it in.
All the best
PRESS RELEASE 17SEP17
Wellington Wailers go to Church - Submitted to The Shoreham Herald by Bill Brown
On Saturday afternoon the congregation at St Mary de Haura, in Shoreham, were treated to the strident sounds of a different sort of choir, that would normally be associated with the church. The Wellington Wailers, Shoreham's local sea shanty crew, had been asked to perform there as part of "The Adur Arts Festival". The vaulted ceiling, of the church, amplified the Wailer's voices beautifully and the audience responded warmly, with sustained applause.
Not the Wailers usual type of venue, but all agreed that it was an uplifting experience, and look forward to being invited there again.
PRESS RELEASE 23 AUG 17
Wailers present cheque to the lifeboat - By Bill Brown, pictures judy Green as submitted to the Shoreham Herald
Shoreham's lifeboat rattled down the slip early Saturday morning, this time not for an emergency callout, but to sail a short distance, upstream to The Sussex Yacht Club. The club was having an open day and "The Wellington Wailers" were there to present the crew of "The Enid Collet" with a cheque for £500.
The Wailers, the town's local shanty group, had raised the money for the lifeboat, from generous donations given by their appreciative audiences at frequent concerts. Also from the sales of their recent C.D. "High Tides and Low Life". For every C.D. sold £5 is given to the lifeboat.
After the presentation some of the lifeboat crew joined the Wailers for a short trip, through the town to the "Sold" charity shop where they joined the shop staff and the entire entourage gave an impromptu concert of sea shanties on the pavement outside of the shop.
It wasn't long before an audience had gathered and further contributions were collected.
Then it was back to the Sussex Yacht Club, the lifeboat crew rejoining their boat and the Wailers entertaining members and guests to an afternoon of sea shanties.
All in all another memorable day for "The Wellington Wailers".
Press Release 22 Jun 17 from Bill Brown
In high spirits, following the successful launch of their C.D. the Shoreham sea shanty crew,"The Wellington Wailers", made their way to Falmouth, Cornwall. The Wailers had been invited to perform, for the fourth year in succession, at "The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival". This year they were to grace the two main stages of the event; To be singled out for this honour was a massive feather in the Wailers cap as they were one crew among 59 others selected internationally, one crew coming from as far afield as Chicago, USA. The festival organisers suggested that over 50,000 visitors came to Falmouth for the event, this year, and the glorious weather encouraged large audiences. Music could be heard along every street and alley. Apart from our stage performances the Wailers sang at five other venues, during the thee days of the festival, Friday to Sunday, every one a packed house. Monday found the Wailers making their way back to Shoreham tired and hoarse, with applause still ringing in their ears; they all agreed that it was their best gig, so far, and look forward to returning to Falmouth for the 2018 festival.
Press Release 12 Jun 17 from 'bosun Bill Brown'
Press Release to The Shoreham Herald for 23 Feb 17 from Bill Brown
Wailers raise the roof again
Friday evening 17th February “The Wellington Wailers”, returned to the Marlipins Museum Shoreham by sea. The well known sea shanty crew drew a capacity crowd to the museum for a fund raising event to raise money for the restoration of the museum’s roof. The first half of their performance was a lecture on the history of sea shanties; the talk, supported with a slide show, depicted the hard life of the men serving on board square-riggers and the importance of the shanty man, with snatches of the shanties being sung by the Wailers. A break followed during which the audience enjoyed a fish and chip supper, then the entertainment continued with the Wailers reappearing, singing a host of different rousing sea shanties with the audience readily joining in the choruses. The Wailers last appeared at the Museum one year ago performing a similar gig to a sell out audience and once again it was a resounding success.
(Press Statement To The Shoreham Herald) Saturday (04 Feb 17) morning saw "The Wellington Wailers" on board the Shoreham lifeboat, the "Enid Collet".
The well known local sea shanty crew were invited to the lifeboat station as a thank you to the Wailers for their fund raising efforts, for the RNLI.
Their last contribution being £220 raised by the Wailers pantomime "Treasure Island"
Lifeboat coxswain Steve Smith and his crew gave the Wailers the VIP tour of the station and boat, patiently answering countless questions thrown at them. The Wailers in return, using the brilliant acoustics of the station, regaled them with sea shanties.
The Wellington Wailers next major fund raising event, for the RNLI will be at this year's " International Sea Shanty Festival" in Falmouth, Cornwall; held annually, every June. This year will be the Wailers fourth year at this spectacular event, joining over fifty sea shanty crews performing in and around the town, over three days.
Each crew is given a collection bucket and an itinerary of where and when to sing, fortunately mostly pubs. On the last day all of the shanty crews gather on the quayside for a mass shanty singing.
Last year over £10,500 was collected, for the lifeboats, the Wellington Wailers bucket being the fourth highest contributor to the total sum and no doubt will be exceeded this year.