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Drunken Sailor

This song is called a stomping bull shanty because when you get to the chorus part of Hooray and Up She Rises part you are encouraged to stomp your feet. Arguably the most famous sailor song in history, “Drunken Sailor” is a must at any pirate party, especially late in the evening. It's another traditional song that has been recorded innumerable times The first published description of the shanty is found in an account of an 1839 whaling voyage out of New London, Connecticut to the Pacific Ocean. It was used as an example of a song that was "performed with very good effect when there is a long line of men hauling together". Capt. W. B. Whall claimed that this was one of only two shanties that were sung in the British Royal Navy. Sea shanties are 'work songs' a type of folk music, typically performed onboard a ship using the steady beat to help unite the worker's rhythm trying to make light of the hard work. 

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What is a sea shanty?

Working sailors all over the world had their own versions of sea shanties, they take the form of storytelling songs that are well known the world over. Chants from the shanty often involve a call and response, One sailor would sing a verse and the rest of the team would respond together. The shanty was sung to accompany certain work tasks aboard sailing ships, especially those that required a bright walking pace. It is believed to originate in the early 19th century or before, during a period when ships' crews, especially those of military vessels, were large enough to permit hauling a rope whilst simply marching along the deck. With the advent of merchant packet and clipper ships and their smaller crews, which required different working methods, use of the shanty appears to have declined or shifted to other, minor tasks. Catchy rhythms and easy to sing lyrics allowed the sailors to get through tough difficult times, similar to During the periods of isolation we have been experiencing with the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Sea Shanties help to provide a feeling of belonging and community which is really important to all of us right now.

The sea shanty became the unlikely sound of 2021 after Postman Nathan Evans became one of the most-watched people on the internet, going viral on TikTok earlier this year.

Sailors would see the bay as a welcome sight to conclude many a treacherous journey with good food and plentiful ale in close proximity. Fascinating stories of yesteryear are passed down through generations through the art of the shanty.

In the space of just a few weeks, Scottish postie Nathan Evans has quit his Royal Mail job and signed to Polydor records after storming TikTok with centuries-old sailor songs known as sea shanties, his rendition of The Wellerman sparked a worldwide trend, featuring as an end of the show show sea shanty spectacular, on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway