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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.  

Our love of singing has resulted in public performances at many local venues, and others including Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival in 2018, 2019, and 2022. Teignmouth Shanty Festival in 2018, 2019 and 2021, 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 ( For further details of our schedule see 'EVENTS'

We regularly raise funds for 'local' charities including Devon Air Ambulance, RNLI, and North Devon Hospice and up to the end of 2023 we have contributed over £30,000 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)

Peter Little (Bosun)
Jon Newsome (Cabin Boy)

Maggie Foster (The Fiddler)

Robert Reed  (Deckhand)

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