What do you do with an inebriated sailor? Put him on TikTok and make him a sensation. A recent trend on the video-sharing app has lots of people discovering and loving sea-shanties– and sounding like they’re sailing on a Victorian pirate ship, rather of taping songs from dry land.

Given TikTok’s collaborative nature, the trend appears to have outgrown musicians on the app merely sharing the seafaring songs and others doing the same.

One video that’s agent of the wave– and which has accumulated 79,000 views– shows Scottish vocalist NathanEvanss carrying out the timeless and widely known shanty “Drunken Sailor.” London singer Jonny Stewart duetted the clip to provide bass notes.

While “Drunken Sailor” might be a requirement on and off the high seas, other creators have shared a couple of other lesser-known shanties with the masses, and have actually assisted trigger a growing movement of people who want to play pirate-karaoke.

Hunter Evenson, a choir instructor, and Sam Pope, singer and guitar player of hard rock band Kids of Melvin, have actually just recently shared a variety of folk classics that seem like they ‘d be sailor favorites, like “Leave Her Johnny” and the Irish-folk tune “Rattlin’ Bog.”

Pope discussed that the popularity and recent releases of Assassins Creed: Valhalla and the History Channel show Vikings may have contributed to people wanting to seek out this sort of music, but he said that the nature of shanties and the collective sensation they’re imbued with are a big part of what makes them so enjoyable.

” I think people take pleasure in seeing something that’s a bit of enjoyable on TikTok.

TikTok’s “Duet” feature enables users to join in and offer their voices, which includes to that common feeling that Pope pointed out.

In one clip, a TikToker thinks that the pandemic and isolation may be the cause for the revival in this salted design of music, considering that shanties were originally created to “help individuals make it through long stretches of worry and boredom.”

It’s a belief that Pope concurs with. “Even if it’s not a particularly happy shanty, it simply makes you feel excellent,” he stated. “When you’re singing with other people, you’re experiencing something together, and I think that connection is something that we have actually all been doing not have for the in 2015 approximately, and I think it’s fantastic that it’s enabling people to link again, even if its over cross countries and online.”

The pattern has spawned some memes, with some people poking fun at the sea songs’ popularity. One TikToker joked in a clip about sea shanty raves taking control of as soon as COVID ends. Even The Washington Post TikTok account got in on it, with an amusing video about politicians singing a shanty throughout impeachment hearings.

A Twitter user just recently shared a link to a Spotify playlists including shanties, however a landlubbers goofed on him, saying that people only like shanties because they didn’t “live through [indie folk band] the decemberists.”

the tik tok sea shanty thing just exists because gen z didn’t have to live through the decemberists

— garrett bridger gilmore (@jgarrettgilmore) January 12, 2021

This all appears to have actually begun since Evenson and Pope were making shanty versions of pop music. On January 2, Evenson started a series of clips on his account featuring performances of songs like” All Star” by Smash Mouth, “WAP” by Cardi B and “Invite to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Love, all carried out in the style of shanties. Pope also took part, with his takes on Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Pope said that familiarity helped draw individuals in.

” Some of the stuff we’re developing is kind of a hybrid of shanties and pop, but that style of it feeling like it has great deals of voices and making it reasonably simple in terms of melody and repetition for people to pick it up themselves, I believe that truly draws people in– and after that the reality that it’s tunes or lyrics that they recognize, it brings individuals because wouldn’t have actually listened to it otherwise,” Pope said.

Prior to our Zoom call ended, Pope came back to the idea that this music and TikTok both offer a sense of community that’s important as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Jolly Roger Pirate Flag TikTok Sea Shanty
Circa 1750, The skull and crossbones. Sea shanties have rebounded from people singing them on TikTok.
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