"Hey Bill, would you pass on my kindest and most appreciative regards to the guys in Press Gang who did the Poppy Appeal Launch at Charlestown (back in October!!) proud? You made the day with your lovely songs, humour and kindness, not to mention the amount of time you gave to the event. I loved it and so did everyone else. You are a great bunch of lads. Keep up the good work. Big Hugs to all... Annie B x'
Do you like songs of the sea? Do you love Cornwall? The Press Gang was formed with you in mind!
We’ve been entertaining audiences and making friends around the county - and beyond - since 2012. Audiences enjoy our relaxed and distinctive style, as well as the passion and humour in our performances, and the unique harmonies and arrangements of our songs and shanties.
We’ve sung in pubs, clubs and festivals all over Cornwall and at venues that have varied from a Greenpeace ship to Gatwick Airport. We have become regular guests at events such as the Falmouth Shanty Festival, Fowey Regatta, Perranporth's "Loudest Shout" and Lostwithiel’s ‘LostFest’. And we’ve performed at Shanty Festivals as far afield as Harwich, Gloucester and Bristol. Pirate FM’s St Piran’s Day clip of us singing ‘Cornwall my Home’ notched 250,000 hits on ‘YouTube’, and our appearance on October 2016’s Poppy Appeal aboard the “Phoenix” in Charlestown was captured by BBC TV’s ‘Spotlight’.
Our two CDs, ‘First Pressing’ and ‘The GangWay’ - see ‘Our Music’ page – have been phenomenal successes, raising over £1,400 to date for the RNLI (£1 of the £5 price goes to the charity). Why not come and hear us, and join in the fun and the song?
"Please pass on to all the singers from The Pressgang who entertained us admirably at Bosuns Charlestown
last night our thanks for splendid entertainment and singing. Everyone of our members thought the sound
and the choice of songs were spot on.
Not only did we all enjoy the evening we could also tell that you were all enjoying performing for us."
President and Chairman
Pentewan Old Cornwall Society
"Thank you all so much for your performance yesterday evening. Your singing was great and your all round entertainment such a lot of fun. All your solo's were excellent and particularly stood out in Cornwall My Home at the end of your second spot."
Champagne Cornwall Chorus
“Once again, many thanks to Press Gang for an absolutely superb evening’s entertainment. I hope we can call on you again. Best wishes to you all” - Trevor Waller, Gorran Village Hall Association.
“Our guests were delighted at your performance and we will certainly be asking you to sing for us again” - Elizabeth Connolly, General Manager,
The Richardson Fowey Hotel
“Totally recommend these guys!! Absolutely fab evening! Great singing and laughs” -
The White Pyramid, Trewoon,
“Many thanks to you all for a great night’s entertainment. Everyone enjoyed and we look forward to your next session”
Mike Sutherland, Fowey Classics