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Bristol Shantymen give boredom the "heave-ho" with library performance

By council_spoke  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

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The Bristol Shantymen will set sail for a free performance at Bath & North East Somerset Council's Midsomer Norton Library on Tuesday 19 February, from 7pm to 8pm.

The popular group will present a fantastic hour of sea songs and shanties, and intriguing stories of how they were used in the past, as part of the Council's "After Hours" programme of events designed to promote the wider use of libraries.

Sea shanties were songs used on sailing ships to help sailors work in co-ordinated rhythm. Although they are no longer used for working purposes they have become popular folk songs; with their rhythms making them especially appealing and hard to resist.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "The Bristol Shantymen are all set to offer some lively entertainment at Midsomer Norton Library on 19 February – which is sure to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold evening!

"Our 'After Hours' events give people the chance to get even more benefit from Bath & North East Somerset Council's libraries outside of their normal opening times. We encourage anyone who has not yet got a free ticket to hurry before they're all gone."

The event is free but spaces are limited so tickets must be booked by calling Council Connect on 01225 394041or popping into Midsomer Norton Library on the High Street, next to the Holly Court Arcade.

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