Gabriola Arts Council

Cultivate Festival 2023

Lazy Jacks

Bob Wyche Memorial Chanty Sing

Bob Wyche Memorial Chanty Sing

The Lazy Jacks Chanty Crew

The Lazy Jacks Chanty Crew is based in the home port of Vancouver, BC. We enjoy singing sea Chanties and sea-themed songs together. Sea Chanties were intended to be easy to learn so that the entire crew, including new hands, would be singing and working together quickly. While the Lazy Jacks can and will sing for you, we prefer to sing with you. We consider ourselves instigators, not just performers. Info about us can be seen on our website (link below)

Bob Wyche

Bob Wyche (1947-2022) was born in Nottingham and came to Gabriola in 1986. He was a boat-builder, sailor, teacher, photographer, wood- and metal-worker who could make or repair just about anything. Bob was a life-long folkie and loved sea chanteys.

Bob Bossin

Gabriola’s Bob Bossin founded the legendary folk group, Stringband. His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Ian Tyson, The island Singers and many others. Website:

Jon Bartlett & Rika Ruebsaat

Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat have been singing together for over forty-five years and have been involved in every aspect of folk music – singing, collecting, publishing, educating, producing radio programs, and organizing folk music societies and festivals. They have produced several CD’s of Canadian songs and co-authored two books of BC history.