Sea shanties, ballads and more

from the British Isles and beyond…


We are Lyme Bay Moonrakers, a new and exciting vocal and instrumental group, based in Lyme Regis.

A group of amateur singers and instrumentalists, our repertoire consists of original arrangements of songs (both new and old), sea shanties, ballads and other sea-related songs from the British Isles and beyond.


COVID-19 Update

We are now rehearsing outdoors in groups of six. If you are interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you! Membership is by audition and all ages are welcome. You can view our Prospective Members Pack here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Lyme Bay Moonrakers

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Musical Director



Original Arrangements


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6 days ago

Meet the Moonrakers!

Introducing Pete Benson...

Brought up in Essex, Pete has always loved singing and performing in productions such as Brigadoon, Robinson Crusoe and Pirates of ... See more

2 weeks ago

Great Food Festival with in #lymeregis today! Saw this stall & had to investigate on behalf of our lovely group of shanty singers - just for research purposes of course! ... See more

2 weeks ago
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Another glorious rehearsal in the sun! Whilst we can still only rehearse with six people, we are busy recruiting new singers for when we can meet en masse!
#seashanty #dorset #sing #lymeregis

1 month ago
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We’re back rehearsing! A glorious afternoon of singing some old favourites, trying new tunes, plus a few cuddles from our honorary member, Joe! 🐶

1 month ago

What a difference a day makes! Looking across to Golden Cap yesterday from the Smuggler’s trail before the storm blew in...

4 months ago

Wishing all our friends and supporters a very happy new year - 2020 certainly hasn't been the easiest but we are so grateful for all the support and encouragement along the way - thank you!

Here's ... See more

4 months ago

Happy birthday to Mark Hewitt, our brilliant Musical Director!

Going in and out of lockdown and missing rehearsals hasn't been easy, but Mark has been a constant source of support and ... See more

6 months ago

A wet and windy night but the lights shine bright for our rehearsal... #seashanty #autumnstorm #lymeregis

7 months ago
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"And grasping ratlines scrambling high and wrestling under blackened skies" 🌊 Ready to brave the storms to get to our rehearsal this evening!

7 months ago
Shanty singers make donation to lifeboat crew

We're delighted to be performing at the annual Blessing of the Boats service at Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station, 9th May 2021 😊 ... See more

A GROUP of Lyme Regis shanty singers have presented a cheque for £850 to the volunteers at the town’s lifeboat station.

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