In August 2009 five members of the Polperro Fishermen’s Choir met to form an “afterglow" singing group with the idea of enjoying a ‘sing along’ after the choir’s Wednesday evening practice sessions or after the choir had performed one of its many concerts. Fifteen members of the choir attended the first “afterglow” practice session and the group quickly adopted the name "Polperro Wreckers" with the first ‘Gig’ being held just prior to Christmas 2009 - so 2019 is our tenth anniversary year.
The practice sessions have themselves become performances enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike singing along to a mixture of Cornish, Shanty, Folk, and Sixties numbers. The Wreckers are all about letting their hair down and having fun. They have now performed at various venues in Cornwall and Devon with charities such as the RNLI, Shelter Box, British Heart Foundation, Children's Hospice SW, Cornwall Air Ambulance and local charities including the Fishermen’s Choir benefiting as a result.
At about 9.30pm on most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, the Wreckers can be found enjoying themselves in the lovely Old Mill House Inn in Polperro.
Polperro Wreckers News and Events
WRECKERS AT LOOE LIVE
22 Sep 2019
There'll be nothing to pay when the Wreckers appear at the Looe Live Choir Zone in the RNLI boathouse at 4pm on Sunday 22nd September. After last year's amazingly successful 'Looe Saves The Day' festival, the town is staging a brand new event this year. There will be multiple performance areas (some free), famous and local acts, plus food and street entertainers throughout the town, so loads for everyone to enjoy. Check out the website link below.
LAST CHANCE FREE SUMMER CONCERT IN POLPERRO!
4 Sep 2019
Location: Polperro Methodist Chapel. This is the last of our famous, free summer concerts this year. As the nights are getting dark and chilly earlier now, this one will be in the chapel where the choir started 96 years ago, in 1923. The Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Stroke Association will benefit from any donations so please give generously. The WRECKERS will be round the corner in the Old Millhouse Inn afterwards.
Sing Along the River in Lostwithiel
29 Aug 2019
We're delighted to be helping to close this year's Sing Along the River, the much loved community event in the Parade Gardens, Lostwithiel. (Events will be in St Bartholomew's Church in the centre of town if wet.) The evening starts at 5.30pm with Tots Rock, and then there will be six bands or choirs from 6.30pm. The Wreckers are singing at 7pm - so come and Sing Along the River! [Photo: Geof Sheppard]
'AT HOME' IN POLPERRO CHAPEL
28 Aug 2019
As the days are getting shorter, this concert will be 'at home' in Polperro Methodist Chapel. The Stroke Association is one of the charities to benefit this year, in memory of our great friend and singer, Ray Bowden (with the microphone in the picture). The Wreckers will make themselves at home in the Old Millhouse Inn afterwards!
POLRUAN PIG ROAST
24 Aug 2019
The pig roast on the coal wharf at Polruan is a fun event raising funds for the RNLI, especially as the Wreckers will be singing a load of our favourite songs. A ticket for supper is only a few pounds, there are good pubs nearby (including the Russell Inn, a Wreckers' favourite), and the firework finale of Fowey Royal Regatta follows afterwards. Don't miss it!
WHERE TO FIND US IN AUGUST
From 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Aug 2019
This month, we are continuing our famous free concerts in Polperro. We'll be singing at 7.30 pm by the Fish Quay on Wednesday 14th August, and in the Methodist Chapel on Wednesday 28th August. The concerts are free but we will be collecting for Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Stroke Association. The Choir will also be in Looe on Thursday 1st and Tuesday 13th August, and the Wreckers will be in Polperro every Wednesday evening.
STRICTLY KEYS FOR YOUR PARTY!
30 Jun 2019
The Choir and the Wreckers are extremely lucky to have two such talented and dedicated musicians taking part in everything that we do. You can now enjoy their talent yourself! Phil (our musical director) and Lorraine (our accompanist / composer) will bring their two keyboards with them and entertain you at dinners, parties, weddings and other events. You can find out more by clicking the link below or calling 07506 025858 for more information.
PHIL CARRIGAN'S LATEST BOOKS
29 Jun 2019
Our multi-talented musical director is an author as well and has now published several lovely well-illustrated stories, often involving mischief, magic and animals - even including Polperro Fishermen's Choir and the Wreckers transformed into rather naughty singing black bunnies in 'Honey Bee Meadow'! Phil's latest books are: 'Hermie in the Garden', featuring the friendly little dog who often sleeps through our rehearsals; and 'The Enchanted Mine (Not)' where our illustration comes from. Click on the link below to see full details of Phil's books.