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.
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 pm or so on most Wednesday evenings (unless the choir is busy elsewhere), the Wreckers can be found enjoying themselves in a local pub or club in Polperro, or sometimes on the Big Green. Check below for details.
Polperro Wreckers News and Events
WHERE TO FIND THE WRECKERS NEXT
From 21 Feb 2024 to 31 Aug 2024
The Wreckers are settling back into their weekly gigs in Polperro, alternating between the Ship Inn and the Royal British Legion Club (except in the summer when we might be busy elsewhere or singing on Polperro's Big Green). We'll also have some gigs elsewhere. This shows our programme so far but, as always, there will be a lot more to add as bookings come in, and some dates and times might change. Keep your eye on the website and our Facebook page for further details.
WRECKERS AT THE SHIP IN LERRYN
1 Mar 2024
Come and join the Wreckers for a sing-along and a beer in the lovely Ship Inn in Lerryn (near Lostwithiel, PL22 0PT). The area is lovely too so you could have an enjoyable walk first, followed by a first-class meal, all topped off with the genuine hospitality of the pub and the fun of the Wreckers, singing a selection of Cornish songs, sea shanties, folk tunes and perhaps with a few golden oldies and jokes thrown in. Come and join us!
5 Mar 2024
Come and join the Polperro Wreckers on Tuesday 5th March for the St Piran's day Trelawney Shout at the Russell Inn in Polruan. They'll start singing as soon as they have a pint of Rob's fine ale then, at 9pm, they'll be joining thousands of people in pubs all over Cornwall in singing Trelawney (or The Song of the Western Men). They'll be doing their usual great selection of Cornish and other songs so come and lubricate your own voice and join in!
WRECKERS WITH LOSTWITHIEL TOWN BAND
6 Mar 2024
The Wreckers are delighted to be supporting Lostwithiel Town Band at St Bartholomew's Church in Lostwithiel. We'll be singing plenty of Cornish songs, some shanties, golden oldie songs and more. We love to sing, raise money for charity and have fun. (Very occasionally, we drink a drop of beer too.) Come and join us and the excellent Town Band for a lively evening. (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO 6th MARCH).
FREE DOUBLE BILL IN ST IVE
12 Apr 2024
Not to be confused with St Ives further west in Cornwall, St Ive church (between Callington and Liskeard) will be a hosting a concert by the choir, with some songs by the Wreckers, at 7pm on Friday 12 April. This will be a fun and FREE concert in an impressive 14th century church with a sundial above the porch which has been telling the time for over 400 years. So synchronise your watch and put the date in your diary! Donations in aid of church maintenance funds will be very welcome. There will also be a raffle and some refreshments.
CHOIR ON TOUR
From 7 Jun 2024 to 9 Jun 2024
The choir will be on tour in June. On 7th June at 6.30pm we'll be singing in the spendid Town Hall in Devizes to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the RNLI. Then we are off to Cheltenham to sing with our friends, the Cotswold Male Voice Choir, on Saturday 8th June. On Sunday we'll be at the Daneway Inn in Sapperton near Cirencester for lunch, beer and Wreckers songs with Rita and Brian, our dear friends who looked after us so well in the Mill House Inn in Polperro. We also hope that the lovely hostesses Adrienne and Jimima will be looking after us on the coach!
WRECKERS AT GREAT TRETHEW VINTAGE RALLY
25 Aug 2024
Over the August bank holiday weekend you can enjoy a wide variety of vintage vehicles and fun events at the Great Trethew Vintage Rally, held at Blackadon Farm at Horningtops, PL14 3PY (sign-posted with yellow AA signs midway between Liskeard & Looe). The Wreckers will be there, giving another of their vintage performances in the beer tent (where else?) at about 2.30 pm on Sunday 25th August. So take your family and your dog but make sure you grab a beer and join us for some great music on Sunday afternoon.
STRICTLY KEYS FOR YOUR PARTY!
From 9 Oct 2024 to 25 Dec 2024
Available now and all year
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. Their album is now available, with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to the choir. You can find out more by clicking the link below, calling 07506 025858 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHIL CARRIGAN'S HERMIE BOOKS
From 10 Oct 2024 to 25 Dec 2024
Our multi-talented musical director is also an author and has published several lovely well-illustrated stories - even including Polperro Fishermen's Choir and the Wreckers transformed into rather naughty singing black bunnies in 'Honey Bee Meadow'! Phil has written a lot of stories about Hermie, the cute Miniature Schnauzer who sometimes sleeps through our rehearsals. As usual he gets up to mischief in the books which include 'Hermie at the Beach' and 'Hermie's Big Date'. Click on the link below for full details.