Here, you will find an overview of all participating choirs in 2018.
Subject to modifications.
- Founded in: 1986
- Instruments: accordion, drums, guitar, harmonica
The Braunschweiger Shanty Choir was founded on January 1, 1986 by Hermann Strien in the former Hanse City Brunswick Since then the choir is an inherent part of the Brunswick cultural scene. The members consider it as their most important job to preserve and care about the traditional shanties and seasongs.
Throughout the years they have built a huge repertoire of shanties and maritime songs. Well-known and popular melodies are performed with arrangements of their own and partially four-part. Since 2009 Anatoll Krug is the choir director who has given the songs new incentives and pep.
The group was formed in July 2003 by two friends wishing to sing traditional shanties. Soon two more friends of historial seafaring joined in. One of them unfortunately had to leave for reasons of health, three more members followed one by one. Crossjack sing shanties with six singers. A capalla - because they intend to keep the original sound as it could be heard on board those days.
They perform with a clean intonation and want to express most authentically the power of work which the shanties were intended for. This way they keep the former sound and stick to it as closely as possible.
Het Leeuwarder Shantykoor
- Founded in: 2001
- Instruments: Banjo, accordion, guitar
In 2001 they tentatively started with a small group, but now they have become an experienced, popular and successful choir with 48 singers supported by 5 musicians.
Their repertoire consists of about 70 songs. Shanties (work songs sung in the 19th century on the tall ships), seasongs (story-telling songs and ballads about the rough life on board), as well as some well-known hit-songs. Thanks to the commitment of their musical director they can be proud of their songs, among many of them are for several voices.
- Founded in: 1970
- Musical Director: Uwe Wetzstein
The Marine Fellowship Leverkusen was founded by former and active sailors in September, 1924. Their intention is to retain seafaring and seamanly tradition. In May, 1970 the musical element followed - the Shanty Choir Leverkusen. Friends of choral singing, supported by various instruments, have been ambassadors of atmospheric, maritime melodies since then.
Phone: 0 47 21 4 77 75
arend.tiedemann (at) t-online.de
- Chairman: Arend Tiedemann
- Musical Director: Holger Kriedemann
- Founded in: 1971
- Members: 14
- Instruments: accordion
- LPs / CDs: 3 (1977, 1982 und 1993)
The singers of the Lotsenchor Cuxhaven were all captains sailing the seas worldwide. They worked as pilots on river Elbe for 30 years.
Schipperchor des Segelsportvereins Spieka-Neufeld
c/o Bäckerei Meyn
27639 Wurster Nordseeküste / Nordholz
Phone: 04741 22 42
- Founded in: 1982
- Musical Director: Werner Heilmann
- Chairman: Gerd Meyn
The choir was founded in 1982 by 16 members of the Segelsportverein Spieka-Neufeld. In those days they just wanted to support the annual sailors ball with maritime music, but throughout the years success grew and they have become a well-known choir in the region.
Shanty-Chor Beckedorfer Schifferknoten
- Founded in: 1982
- Chairman: Manfred Beckmann
- Musical Director: Christina Kockel
- Members: 40
- LPs / CDs: 3
The Shanty-Choir Beckedorfer Schifferknoten has committed themselves to traditional and international shanties. The repertoire consists of classic shanties (work songs), sung on tall ships, reflective songs dealing with wanderlust, nostalgia and love, but also of songs satirising loyalty, thirst and whim of the sailors.
Most of the songs are performed four-part with instrumental backing, but also a capella, in German, Low German and English. The diversity of the repertoire allows individual arrangements and performances from serious and reflective to humorous and swinging.
Shanty Chor Bremen-Mahndorf
- Chairman: Fritz Homann
- Musical Director: Horst Wolff
Every Monday 40 enthusiastic singers, four accordeon players and two guitarists meet to sing songs of the sea, wind, love, adventure and farewell.
- Chairman: Dr. Jan A. Bühner
- Musical Director: Udo Brozio
- Founded in: 1968
- Members: 25
- Instruments: accordion, guitar, bass, rhythm instruments
- Unforgotten Shows: Kurhaus Interlaken, Dom Regensburg, Dom Truro (GB)
- Favourite Song: jeder gute Satz für 4-stimmigen Männerchor
- LPs / CDs: 18 seit 1974
Shanty-Chor der Marinekameradschaft
Mülheim an der Ruhr e.V. "Kormoran"
- Chairman: Siegfried Bavastrelly
- Musical Director: Stefanie Melisch
- Members: 38
- Founded in: 2000
- Instruments: accordion, guitar, harmonica
- LPs / CDs: 3
There was a long-term wish to form a shanty choir in the marine fellowship Mülheim an der Ruhr. With Heinz Helten becoming a member of the fellowship in October 2000 this wish came true and 16 companions spontaneously joined in.
Musical director Stefanie Melisch has created a fresh musical profile and the choir has had many shows in front of an excited audience in Mülheim and the nearer region, as well as in Emden, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Flensburg-Mürwik and Travemünde.
- Chairman: Klaus Krüger
- Musical Director: Hans-Joachim Decker
- Founded in: 1978
- LPs / CDs: 6
The Shanty-Chor Einbeck was founded in 1978 with about 20 singers at that time - all sharing the interest in maritime songs which they wanted to bring home to the inland.
Today the choir has established well among Germany's shanty choirs. Traditional shanties reflecting wanderlust and nostalgia of the sailors belong to the repertoire as well as new songs finished with accordeon and bass guitar in a maritime way.
- Chairman: Hans-Joachim Müller
- Musical Director: Jürgen Colberg
- Instruments: accordion, guitar, bass, harmonica, Conga
- LPs / CDs: 5
Throughout the years the choir has successfully performed on many stages. Among others they travelled to Westerland, Cuxhaven, Quedlinburg, Hamburg, Köln, Kiel, Lübeck, Wismar, Waren an der Müritz, Büsum, Husum und Flensburg.
It appears that maritime songs are a major part of the music scene in the land between the oceans even in these days.
- Chairman: Friedrich Wilhelm Kilsch
- Musical Director: Karl Neuhaus
- Founded in: 2008
- Members: 40
On October 28, 2008 Karl Neuhaus was really surprised when more than 30 men attended the first meeting for foundation of a shanty choir. Nothing could get in the way of establishing a shanty choir anymore and it was completed on December 3, 2008 with Karl Neuhaus as chairman.
In the meantime the choir has 40 members accompanied by accordeon (Karl Neuhaus, Björn Wilke) and guitar (Alfred Conrad). A show of about 2 hours of musical entertainment has been elaborated with well-known seasongs and melodies for the audience to sing along.
Jan Huttinga, Willy Boon and Jaap Tholen from Appingedam form a trio, that mainly performs harmonic songs. However, they also have songs in their repertoire accompanied by guitar. Having released 3 CDs, Stowaway enriches the Dutch shanty scene with their interesting program.
The Forebitter Men
The Forebitter Men form an enthusiastic group mainly singing real shantys and seasongs, but also (Irish) folk songs. Easy and full of passion the present their repertoire - a capella and accompanied by accordeon, tin whistle or Bodhran, an Irish drum.