Chant de Marin…and a big shock!

13 Aug

So this post has absolutely nothing to do with gardening or Mr Middleton, but who cares when just 10 minutes down the road our local town of Paimpol is hosting the 10th Chant de Marin which is the biggest Sea Shanty music festival in France. Our small harbour town of just a few thousand suddenly swells to hundreds of thousands over 3 days of music and merriment.

This year the theme is Celtic Seas and the line up includes Simple Minds, The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, The Waterboys and loads of other acts. As well as that the small port becomes crammed with old sailing vessels from around the world some hosting acts on their decks. We have our tickets for tonight to see The Cheiftains and Simple Minds. What a line up! Just hope the weather holds as it has been grey and miserable this morning. Will let you know later so l will save this as a draft and publish it tomorrow and include some snaps.

The morning after the night before!

Hey, the weather was kind to us again, the sun came out and it was really warm. The harbour was buzzing and had some amazing boats in the quayside. So, with my sea legs on we took a walk about.

Ye Olde Galleon

There were boats of all shapes and sizes:

More old boats

There were some great acts playing around the harbour too:

Cool Kats

There were some lovely typical Breton Girls too:

Breton Girls

And then there was the music. The festival is held every two years with a different theme attracting some big names. This year The Chieftains got things started. These guys have been going for 50 years now! Incredible. Their music is beautiful as well as traditional. Paddy Maloney must be getting on a bit now. But he held things together and gave us a great show.

Paddy and The Chieftains

We were lucky and got right down by the stage for a great view. Later in their show they introduced us to someone who l remember as being a ‘spirited’ girl with Attitude! Her shaved head and elfin features have been replaced by something that must have shocked the whole audience.

Shock of the Year!

Any idea yet? In fairness to her she is pregnant but nonetheless not what l was expecting at all. Here’s another…maybe the tattoos will help you….

The new 'Mumsy' look!

Drum roll…………………..May l introduce you to Sinead O’Connor! Open jawed and staring in total disbelief the only thing that was recognisable was her voice. Well, she still has the ability to shock but not for the same reasons!

Moving swiftly on, we held our places to watch Simple Minds perform a brilliant gig. Being so close was incredible and the atmosphere was brilliant. Jim Kerr has changed, of course, but at least he is still recognisable.

Jim Kerr

They played all their hits and stuff from their latest album and nearly burst my ear drums.

Simple Minds

That’s all for me this year. It goes on for the weekend with the Mumsy Sinead O’Connor if you would like to see her. Meanwhile l think l need a soak in a deep bath to ease those pains from last night. Guess we are all getting older!


Posted by on August 13, 2011 in August


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10 responses to “Chant de Marin…and a big shock!

  1. dawn

    August 13, 2011 at 10:46

    Oh my, I would never have guessed it was Sinead O’Connor! She looks soooooo different. Looks like you had a great time.

    • trevorhunt

      August 14, 2011 at 10:23

      It was a great atmosphere Dawn. I suppose if Sinead saw me now she would be shocked!! ha. She still has the voice. Guess it was the extremes of contrast that hit me.

  2. elaine rickett

    August 13, 2011 at 14:58

    They showed a picture of Sinead in the papers here a few weeks ago, you’re right – shocking, age gets to us all! Love the galleon pictures. Would have enjoyed being there to hear the Chieftains etc. I know one of their members died a couple of years ago, but they keep on keeping on dont they.

    • trevorhunt

      August 14, 2011 at 10:20

      Yes, age is a bugger as my Nan, who was 80 at the time, once said!

  3. elaine rickett

    August 13, 2011 at 19:30

    I am having a few glitches with my new blog – it won’t let me reply to comments at the moment, so can I just say thank you for your comment and for being my first visitor.

  4. theanxiousgardener

    August 14, 2011 at 09:48

    Blimey. I had to dig out ‘I do not want what I haven’t got’ and just remind myself what she looked like. Guess it was a while ago. Good on her for not striving to look like she did.

    • trevorhunt

      August 14, 2011 at 10:26

      You’re right Dave. I suppose l was expecting to see the waif-like figure with the shaved head walk on. Great voice though. Would like to see her being interviewed to see how her life has evolved since those wild days.

  5. Julie

    August 15, 2011 at 09:38

    Well, in her 40s with 4 kids I think she’s earned her right to look ‘mumsy’. And are you sure she’s pregnant? I’m sure the UK press would have picked up on this yet I’ve seen nothing about it.

    • trevorhunt

      August 15, 2011 at 10:02

      Hi Julie, well l was very close to the stage and there was a definite ‘bump’ underneath her frock. Do you think the press would make a big thing of her being pregnant?. I never hear anything of her nowadays so it was a huge shock to see how her image had changed so dramatically and not one that was very flattering. I didn’t even know she had 4 kids. Friends went to see her on Saturday and unfortunately the consensus of opinion was she was awful. No band, just her and by the end of her set most people had walked away. Such a shame after her past success.

  6. chicaandaluza

    August 15, 2011 at 10:51

    Dear lord, a shock indeed! makes me feel positively youthful and funky! Sounds like a fabulous festival…and the Chieftains and Simple Minds too (saw them years and years ago at Leeds Uni). You lucky man 🙂


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