Tiktok: The Sea shanty ‘Wellerman’ has gone viral

TikTok’s distinctive means to plumb the depths of obscure genres and hoist them to the forefront of fashionable tradition has landed one other viral sensation: the ocean shanty.

Nathan Evans, a singer from Scotland, kicked issues off on Dec. 23 together with his rendition of “The Scotsman.”

The video shortly amassed thousands and thousands of views, and Evans adopted it up a number of days later with a soulful efficiency of “Wellerman.”

This tune was arguably the start of ShantyTok and stays on the heart of the development.

Similar to the crew of a ship would be a part of one another in tune to maintain up their spirits on an extended, remoted journey, TikTok customers started to duet and remix the aged sea shanty. The additions had been small at first, like including somewhat additional bass for instance.

Fairly quickly you had a whole refrain backing up Evans’ authentic efficiency. Round this time, ShantyTok started to unfold past TikTok to Twitter, full with historic threads.

The remixes additionally turned extra adventurous. Electro Shanty is now a factor.

Like lots of TikTok’s most viral developments, probably the most pleasing half would possibly merely be seeing the enjoyment of newfound fandom.

Now for somewhat background. Within the tune, a Wellerman refers to a provide ship (one which can convey sugar and tea and rum, amongst different issues) that the sailors of a whaling ship are trying ahead to. The “tonguing” that may finally be performed is the butchering of the whale after it’s been caught.

A sea shanty equivalent to this one was meant to assist maintain sailors on tempo as they labored on the ship. The lyrics and melody sometimes aren’t too tough to sing for that cause, which additionally occurs to make the style an ideal match for the collaborative customers of TikTok. You may simply take part for the surprisingly catchy refrain or, if singing isn’t your factor, add some musical accompaniment as an alternative.

This isn’t really the primary time this 19th century tune has discovered reputation within the 21st. The Longest Johns, a folks band recognized for singing sea shanties, used it to share their vocal skills with their fellow sailors in Sea of Thieves.

In an episode of their fashionable “Can I Sing You a Tune” collection, the band serenaded customers with a stirring rendition of “Wellerman.” Very like the TikTok phenomenon, it’s merely a number of enjoyable watching individuals joyfully discovering one thing good on the web. What an idea!

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