A popular Cornish folk rock band are set to return Cornwall-based festival after a two year absence.

Launceston-based Cornish folk rock harmony band, The Countrymen are returning to Falmouth after a two year absence due to lockdown.

They have been a popular addition to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival for several years and the town has been the inspiration for several of their songs.

Steve Gilbert, front-man for the band and a former Falmothian, said: "The Festival is undoubtably the best weekend in the calendar for us.

"Three days of singing and drinking with so many great bands and shanty groups, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

"Unfortunately, the last two years of the Festival have had to be virtual and whilst we’ve happily contributed a video, it didn’t involve any cider!"

Falmouth Packet: The Countrymen at Little Orchard Festival. Picture: Matthew HawkeyThe Countrymen at Little Orchard Festival. Picture: Matthew Hawkey

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The Countrymen have been keen to promote Cornwall’s local theatres and have been touring the county with many of the dates selling out.

"Cornwall’s theatres have had a torrid time in the last two years and they need supporting by the public more than ever.

"We’re really excited to be taking on such a major venue as The Pavilion in Falmouth and would ask that anyone even remotely interested in an evening of light-hearted Cornishness to come along.

"If not, we would urge you to take a look at the varied line up developing at The Pavilion.

"Falmouth Town Council have just regained control of the venue and it needs local support.

"It was part of my childhood and will only survive if people buy tickets.

"Not necessarily for us!”

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is set to take place from 17-19 June 2022.

For more information, visit: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk