This lively and sea-worthy tune is bringing musicians together to create something beautiful. And we all need more beauty in our lives.
It all began when Nathan Evanss recorded the familiar sea shanty, Wellerman (originally by The Longest Johns). Nathan's steady beat and deep voice carried the tune impeccably. Be sure to watch the videos to see how this piece progressed in a short amount of time.
Here's just a snippet of the Wellerman sea shanty lyrics. Want to view the full lyrics?
There once was a ship that put to sea
The name of the ship was the Billy of Tea
The winds blew up, her bow dipped down
O blow, my bully boys, blow
Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin' is done
We'll take our leave and go
A sea shanty is a song that sailors sang together while working on a ship. The song typically had solos, choruses, and a deep, steady beat throughout. Imagine what you hear sailors sing as they scrubbing the deck in unison. The deep baritones combined with incredible harmony is simply amazing.
And others wanted to join in the fun. Hear what a second voice does to the ballad:
Still, others chimed in to create a full and vibrant piece of work. Jonny Stewart chimed in with not only his bass voice but the classic look of a sailor:
And, it keeps going. After a violin and many voices, this piece is ready for your addition!
What do you think of the sea shanty Wellerman? If you could add one instrument or one voice, which would it be? Share in the comments below.