Sea Shanty Explained: TikTok Trend, "Wellerman" & Sea Shanties

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TikTok sensation Nathan Evans has now hit number one in the UK charts thanks to his version of a really catchy sea shanty. Since going big on TikTok late last year, people everywhere have been singing it and creating their own versions. Nathan Evan's rendition of the sea shanty, Wellerman, is now number one on the UK's biggest chart show. It all started last year when the Scottish singer was working as a postman and posting videos on TikTok. This particular video made him a viral sensation, with millions watching Nathan's rendition of Wellerman. People started harminoising and layering their vocals, sharing their own versions and starting a social media craze around sea shanties. Now, thanks to all the popularity, the 26 year old has quit his job and signed a record deal, and it all started with an old fashioned, pretty simple song. Sea Shanties themselves date back to the 1800's, sailors would sing together to help work in time and keep morale high. Centuries later, at the height of a new pandemic, lots of fans of the song say it's been just the thing to cheer them up. Nathan reckons that's why Wellerman has been so huge.

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