Anchors Aweigh is a shanty group from North Devon. We sing both traditional shanties (18th and 19th century sailing work songs) and other songs of the sea. We are a loose formation of old friends and acquaintances from the Mortehoe and Woolacombe area of North Devon.


The group drifted together on a tide of expectation in the hope of finding enjoyment with our love of singing shanties, songs of the sea and traditional folksongs.


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 various locations, including 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 start of 2018 we have contributed over £12,000 to these worthy causes, (see CHARITIES for further details.)

The Crew

Mark Baker (Bilge Pumper)
Peter Small (Rear Admiral)
Robin Hagley (Bonehead)
Vernon Dayman (Chief Engineer)
Neil Drake-Browning (Asst. Engineer)
Peter Little (Bosun)
Dave Fryer (Bones)
Jon Newsome (Cabin Boy)
Ian Sumner (Scupper Scrubber)

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