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02 December 2006 11:00

allmusic : Sea Shanties

Sea shanties (or chanteys) are sailors' work songs, which were originally designed to help synchronize tasks aboard ship. An experienced listener can generally tell what job was originally performed to the rhythm of a tune; sail-hauling shanties have a different beat than pumping shanties, rowing shanties, and capstan or windlass shanties. What many shanties have in common is call-and-response vocals and a yelp or shout at the end of each chorus. (The latter was a signal to pull on a rope or put extra effort into raising an anchor.) The subjects of shanties vary widely, from tales of the sea and reminiscences of ladies left behind to nonsensical rhymes and ribald boasting. Though English-language shanties are perhaps best known there are popular shanties in many languages, and the largest regularly held shanty festival is staged annually in Poland. In recent years folk artists have created many original tunes in the style of sea shanties, and many bands have added a few shanties to their repertoire to add color to their set.