Anchors Aweigh is a shanty group from North Devon. We sing both traditional shanties, other songs of the sea and a wide variety of folk songs. We are a loose formation of old friends and acquaintances from the Mortehoe and Woolacombe area of North Devon.


We set sail on this journey in 2010 as a way of escaping our domestic duties and to find solace in singing, usually helped along by a pint at a local hostelry (Chichester Arms, Mortehoe, (www.chichesterarmsmortehoe.co.uk)!  


Our love of singing has resulted in public performances at many local locations, and others including Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival in 2018 and 2019, Teignmouth Shanty Festival in 2018 and 2019, two tours of Exmoor with the local ladies Morris Dancers; the 'Red Petticoats'; performing at the Par Shanty Festival in Cornwall; and appearing at each Ilfracombe Sea Festival (seailfracombe.co.uk). For further details of our schedule see 'EVENTS'


We regularly raise funds for 'local' charities (Devon Air Ambulance, RNLI, North Devon Hospital Chemotherapy Unit) and up to the end of 2019 we have contributed around £15,000 to these worthy causes, (see CHARITIES for further details.)

The Crew

Peter Small (Rear Admiral)
Robin Hagley (Bonehead)
Vernon Dayman (Chief Engineer)
Neil Drake-Browning (Asst. Engineer)

Jim O'Toole  (The General)
Peter Little (Bosun)
Dave Fryer (Bones)
Jon Newsome (Cabin Boy)

Mark Baker (Bilge Pumper)

Martyn Hocking (Adders)