Betty Stogs to host virtual sea shanty festival

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Betty Stogs to host virtual sea shanty festival

Published at 11:09am 11th June 2020. (Updated at 12:30pm 11th June 2020)

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival may have been cancelled but organisers are still hoping to raise a huge sum for charity.

The event normally attracts around 60,000 people each year, with music filling the town’s streets and venues.

However, a free Virtual Shanty Festival on Facebook Live is still expected to draw thousands of people from all over the world on Friday, June 12.

Over 30 group performances are confirmed, celebrating global talent from Cornwall to Brittany, Holland, Spain and Ireland.

There will be fun and light-hearted presenting from Betty Stogs and John Warren, and some fabulous footage of Falmouth from 3Deep Aerial.

The event will be held at Cornwall Channel studios, who have been working hard on the tech behind the scenes to ensure the event runs smoothly and can be viewed far and wide.

"With lockdown halting the fundraising events that power the RNLI’s lifesaving service, the health crisis has hit the charity’s income hard," said an RNLI spokesman.

"Yet our dedicated volunteer crews have remained on call 24/7 throughout these difficult times, with the charity adapting its procedures and providing additional protective equipment to keep both our volunteers and the public safe. This year, those enjoying the Virtual Shanty Festival can donate to the RNLI via a JustGiving page."


The bands themselves have been invited to take up the Beat Betty challenge where, each year, she challenges the Sea Shanty groups to try and beat the amazing total she raises.

Last year, Betty Stogs single-handedly raised an incredible £5,610 for RNLI at the festival and is excited to be a part of this years’ virtual event. So not to miss out this year - Betty has set up her own online JustGiving page where she is challenging the groups to see if they can bear her own £1,000 target.

“The Sea Shanty Festival is the highlight of my year and so I was gutted when it had to be cancelled. I am really looking forward to a great evening of virtual shanties and suggest you get your bottles of fine Skinners ales in ready for the night!”, said Betty. The Beat Betty competition results will be announced live on the virtual event.

You can attend the Virtual Shanty Festival on Friday 12 June from 6pm here:

Donate via Just Giving here: or head to the Beat Betty Stogs JustGiving page:

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