(The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea.)
Baggyrinkle: baggywrinkle: bag-o'-wrinkle: "A home made substance to prevent chafe on sails from lifts, stays and crosstrees during long periods of sail."
Baggyrinkle sing in three-part harmony with some of the songs accompanied by the concertina and their programme complemented by the occasional instrumental piece.
The group currently consists of nine members, (eight performing and one female to keep the boys in order!) who come from all walks of life and have been brought together by their love of folk music with the emphasis on maritime material, of course.
Most of the Baggies’ repertoire is traditional, although contemporary songs also feature – some of them penned by group members Dave Robinson & Matthew Ross – and Welsh language songs are also beginning to make an appearance.
Baggyrinkle was formed in April 1994 with the initial role of hosting the Swansea Maritime & Shanty Festival. The group has since represented their city at its Cockles & Celts Festival. Swansea is twinned with Mannheim and the crew was invited to the German city to provide entertainment at their prestigious International Rowing Regatta on the Rhine.
The Baggies often feature at the popular shanty session of the Pontardawe International Music Festival. They have, in their time, performed at many of the major shanty festivals in the United Kingdom, Eire, Brittany, Holland, Germany, America and more recently Norway. The repertoire naturally features shanties and songs of the sea but the lads also have a collection of drinking songs, which come in handy as they are often called upon to sing at Beer Festivals. They also have a wealth of material relating to the mining history. The group was invited to perform at a special event commemorating in word & song, the passing of the mining Industry, both in Wales and in the rest of the UK.