Sea Chantey Singers

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"Songs from the Sailing Days"
Audience: Pre-K through Adult

Sea chanteys are fun songs, but in the old days of the tall-masted sailing ships they were the work songs by which the sailors labored in unison to hoist the sails, haul up the anchor and pump the bilge. It was exhausting work, icy cold in the Arctic gales, sweaty in the tropic calms. But the chanteys (from the French verb, "to sing") told tales of high adventure - of harpooned whales that dragged them on a "Nantucket sleigh ride," of pirates they fought on the high seas, of girls they wooed in ports around the globe. For hard-bitten men, they were great romantics!

It is the special joy of the Chantey Singers to bring alive the folklore of the great days of sail - politics, economics, science and fun, all in one rousing package!

Previous Sea Chantey audiences:

  • Elementary and middle schools throughout the Seacoast and beyond
  • Public libraries
  • Retirement communities and nursing homes
  • Civic, professional and community groups

The choice of songs are customized for the age range of the audience

Sea Chantey Singers

Chantey Sampler

Click on the song titles below to hear a few of our chanteys.

Blow the Man Down

Haul on the Bowline

By-Bye my Roseanna