- Original Artists: Various Artists
- Genres: Traditional Hits
- Artists: Pudenski Brothers
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