Sea Shanties are making a comeback after a postman from Scotland became an internet sensation with his versions of the famous folk songs on TikTok.
Outside Glasgow, 26-year-old Nathan Evans took the social media platform by storm after his rendition of Leave her Johnny, which was often the last song sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, last year 1.1 Had garnered millions of views.
The aspiring musician later uploaded a cover of the 19th century Sea Shanty Wellerman, which tells the story of the Australian whaling company Weller Brothers. Since then, his video has garnered 4.3 million views and sparked the #ShantyTok viral trend.
Mr Evans, whose covers have also led social media users to add their own harmonies and melodies to his songs, described how he received his first request for a shanty car last July.
On Radio 4’s Today show, the young musician said, “I did a seaman’s song in July 2020 just because someone asked in a comment below one of my videos.
Nathan Evans, 26, from outside Glasgow, Scotland, has become an internet sensation with his versions of Sea Shanties
The aspiring musician has uploaded his first Sea Shanty. Leave her Johnny last July after receiving a request from a follower
“So I uploaded that and it got 1.1 million views so I thought it must have been asked.
“People were looking forward to more coming out after that, and they commented under each video afterwards,” Can you sing this? “It was just a request from fans. ‘
Like his As videos grew in popularity, Mr. Evans noticed he was recognized by local residents when he delivered their post.
He continued, “There were three or four occasions. There was one day I delivered a package and when I handed it over, she just looked at me strangely and said, “I’ve seen you before.”
“I was like, ‘I’m not sure I’m brand new” and she said, “I saw you on my phone, are you on TikTok? ”
The 19th century song Wellerman tells the story of the The Australian whaling company Weller Brothers, which went to sea along the south coast of New Zealand from 1830 to 1840.
Seafarers employed by the ship’s employer would be involved in the slaughter of whales after they were caught in a process called tonguing.
Mr. Evans explained why Sea Shanties are now making a comeback: “I think it’s a combination of many things.
The young musician (left and right on TikTok) said he was now recognized by residents when he turned in their post
Mr Evans, who is hoping to become a professional musician, plans to next cover Sea Shanty Roll The Old Chariot
What are sea shanties?
Sailors’ songs were sung among seafarers as they performed manual tasks such as going around the winch or lifting the sails on board their ships, dating back to the 14th century.
The word shanty is derived from the French verb “chanter”, which means “to sing”.
The folk songs are usually sung by a shantyman and his crew using a “call and response” technique.
They were created to foster a sense of community within the group and to set a rhythm for their work.
Among the most famous sea shanties are Spanish ladies who describe the journey from Spain to The Downs in the southern North Star near the English Channel from the perspective of the Royal Navy. What should we do with the drunken sailor?
Drunken Sailor, which was sung in the early 19th century to accompany certain work assignments on board sailing ships, was revived as a popular song among non-sailors in the 20th century.
“I think it’s the fact that when Sea Shanties were originally sung, they were sung to include everyone and keep them updated with their work.
“I think it’s the fact that everyone is involved, everyone can join in, and you can’t necessarily sing. Anyone can participate with a shanty.
“The words are simple and it’s just a punch and then the voices so I think it’s a little bit of everything.”
The postman, who now plans to cover the seaman’s role Roll The Old Chariot, described what his “dream” was like to become a full-time musician.
He added, “I hope so, this is the dream and that is the wish, so it would be great if this led anywhere.
“I’ll keep making music and singing and still uploading more, but if that leads to anything it would be absolutely amazing.”
Sea shanties can be traced back to the mid-14th century when they were sung among seafarers as they performed manual tasks on board their ships, such as carousing. B. walking around the winch or lifting the sails.
The songs that were sung by seafarers to create a sense of community and to create a rhythm for their work often had a solo singer or shantyman led by the group.
A group of sailors then jointly joined the chorus of the song in a “call and response” technique.
The most famous songs include Spanish Ladies, who describe the journey from Spain to The Downs in the southern North Star near the English Channel from the perspective of the Royal Navy, and What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
Drunken sailor The song, which was sung in the early 19th century to accompany certain work tasks on board sailing ships, was revived as a popular song among non-seafarers in the 20th century.