Shanties are part of global maritime culture derived from the working songs of the days of sail. It is the nature of shanties that they are readily tailored to individual places and circumstances and this was the case in Cornwall. A number of shanties were identified by Cornish folk song collector Ralph Dunstan in the 1930s which had been adapted to local context . Shanties continue to be part of Cornwall's singing tradition and are popular at Cornish “shouts”. Shanties lend themselves well to being sung in Cornish and are a wonderful way to enjoy the sound of language without needing to be a fluent speaker. The songs on this site are part of Lowender Peran’s outreach project “Morgannow”, literally meaning sea songs.  Sing along with the videos or download pdf files which can be projected on to a screen.

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