What’s the Story Behind #ShantyTok? TikTok’s Latest Trend and Community.

Sea shanties are all the rage on TikTok right now.

According to the New York Times, sea shanties were originally sung by overworked sailors to create a sense of community and shared purpose on merchant marine vessels between the 1700s and 1800s. The shantyman would lead sailors in song as they worked as a way to distract them from the hardships (and boredom) of the seas.

Sounds a lot like quarantine, right?

TikTok user Nathan Evans can be thanked (or blamed) for bringing them to our feeds. The aspiring Scottish musician kicked off the trend just before Christmas with this acapella rendition of “The Scotsman.”

@nathanevanssThe Scotsman. #viral #singing #new #original #abc #fyp #foryou #scottish #shanty #seashanty #singing #scottishsinger #acoustic #cooncilhooseoftiktok♬ original sound – N A T H A N E V A N S S

It took off from there.

@cullenvancemusicSO MUCH FUN @nathanevanss @miaasanomusic @_luke.the.voice_ @jonnystewartbass @the.bobbybass #SeaShanty #wellerman #pirate #irish #fyp♬ The Wellerman with Instruments Collab – Cullen Vance

 

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