The Shanty Annas came into being late in 2009, as a result of Terri Messenger having what seemed like a good idea at the time, that of forming a group to sing shanties and sea songs. She was probably under the influence of something at that time and most definitely so when she invited some like-
Penny 'Anna Glypta' Ward, Simone 'Anna Phylaxis' Davis, Fiona 'Anna Conda' Campbell, and Jane 'Anna Quay' Gilday, with Terri 'Anna Notherthing ' Messenger make up the Shanty Annas and form what may not be Britain's first Female Shanty crew but it's certainly the one that giggles most.
The Black Lion, Plaistow in May 2010 saw our first 'outing' in an unofficial capacity and short formation just to see if we could do it in front of people. Turns out we could, were quite well received and got our first groupie (who isn't related) so we carried on.
We sing a mixture of working songs and songs about the sea; a blend of big voices and rich harmonies.
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