Paimpol Festival is first and fundamental an worldwide sea shanty amassing. On all boats, at all latitudes, those songs met the want for rhythm, to synchronise the sailors’ manoeuvres on board and on the jetty. At sea and within the harbour resorts, they also provided leisure at some stage in the critical moments of rest. Sea shanties nonetheless inform us approximately the exceptional adventures of journey and discovery, shipwrecks and heroism, love and camaraderie.
Every two years, Paimpol Festival tries to pay tribute to all these sailors, whose songs, a reminder of these sagas, have been exceeded down to us through the oral subculture way to the transcriptions made via some fanatics. Sinbad, Captain Haddock, Achab, Jack Aubrey, Corto Maltese, Jack Sparrow. The musical programme is more suitable every year by means of a multicultural technique which has its roots in traditional track yet stays open to global music, with some thing for each generation. Paimpol Sea Shanty Festival is also a competition for antique ships. Every two years, the harbour welcomes numerous hundred boats from the time of timber ships. Their crew, nearly one thousand “sea dogs" of all ages, are on board. The day earlier than the pageant, they take part in the well-known and energetic “group’s meal", and every morning, they perform the foghorn concert that publicizes the begin of the festivities.