I had a disaster singing "Sally Rackett" which I had learnt from the "Sing Out" magazine.
It was a baptism in a way. I had joined a seriously traditional folk club, and I decided to sing my first unaccompanied sea shanty. I had little knowledge at the time of the purpose of a shanty.
I sang it like a funeral dirge and I soon realised by the audience reaction that something was terribly wrong with my performance!
Since then I have learnt a lot about shanties even having hands on experience on a tall ship and to receive a compliment from the great man himself - Stan Hugill, is one of my treasured memories.
Baggyrinkle (Swansea Shantymen)