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27.01.2021, Words by Billy Ward

Listen back to an hour of sea shanties and maritime folk on NTS

"Featuring shanties, the long and rhythmic work songs sung by crew members of packet ships, alongside the more up-beat forebitters"

The latest trend of sea shanty memes has taken the internet by storm over the last few weeks and now you can listen to an hour-long show featuring the best maritime bops on NTS.

Originally aired at 2pm on January 26th, ‘Shanties & Forebitters: Songs of the Sea’ is described as: “An hour of maritime folk music popularised during the age of commercial sail, from the late sixteenth up until the mid nineteenth century.

“Featuring shanties, the long and rhythmic work songs sung by crew members of packet ships, alongside the more up-beat forebitters or fo’c’sle songs, more often sung with instrumental accompaniment and reserved for off-duty hours.”

Last week it was announced that the singer of viral TikTok shanty ‘Wellerman’, Nathan Evans, had landed a record deal with Polydor. ‘Wellerman’ is currently sitting in the UK Top 40, albeit as a version sung by band The Longest Johns.

Listen back to the show here.

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