'Wellerman': Sea shanty storms UK top 40 following TikTok craze

25 Janvier, 2021, 17:01 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Nathan Evans sea shanty

The traditional genre has captured attention during lockdown, particularly due to a Scottish postman, Nathan Evans, who posted his performance of "Wellerman" on TikTok previous year.

He told the programme he made a decision to record the song after his granddaughter told him people are "going mad for sea shanties on TikTok".

A video of Waitt singing a sea shanty about coronavirus to the tune of The Wellerman has been viewed more than 500,000 times on TikTok.

As for why the sea shanty has resonated with millions, the Scot said he believes his accent adds to the song, but he also believes singing can act as a tonic during lockdown.

'Especially in this time when everybody's stuck at home they can join in, and it kind of brings everybody together.

"So I think it's just kind of brought it into this day and age".

'It makes it feel like you're all united.

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Mr Evans' rendition of The Wellerman has since been added to by singers around the world, with basses adding their rich tones in one version, and Lord Lloyd-Webber providing musical accompaniment in another.

The success of Evans' shanty singing has prompted him to quit his job as a postman to pursue a career in music.

"I started uploading videos to Tik Tok back in July, and somebody said "I think you would be good at a sea shanty, it's called "Leave Her Johnny" and the 'Wellerman" so I just wrote them down in my notepad as suggestions and here we are!"

"On the Friday (January 15) I was like "Right, I need to make a change here", because I was too busy on my phone looking at emails and trying to post letters". This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it's never going to come around again.

"Soon May The Wellerman Come" is a classic sea shanty which was sang by the crews of the whaling boats working for Weller, the biggest whaling and export company out of New Zealand.

"I get travel sick so I don't know about that!"

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