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Séan McCann is a founder of the iconic Canadian band Great Big Sea and an Order of Canada recipient for his advocacy for people living with mental health and addiction issues. His latest album, Shantyman, is a powerful return to the music of the sea that he grew up with. We speak to him about his first encounters with these songs, recording with Gr…
 
The town of Barrouallie on the leeward side of the island of St. Vincent has a long history of longshore whaling. Taking to sea in 25-foot wooden whaleboats powered by rowing and sails, the whalers of Barrouallie developed a rich tradition of a capella work songs, many of which share their roots with well-known deepwater sea shanties. In this episo…
 
Ian Bell is a brilliant singer and songwriter from Southwestern Ontario with a deep fascination and passion for the traditional music of the Great Lakes. We met up with him at the Port Dover Harbour Museum to sing some songs and chat about the history of Great Lakes maritime trade, the songs it gave rise to, and how all that music would have been l…
 
In the late 1800s, ships from Yarmouth, on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, could be found in every major seaport in the world. Many people in Yarmouth today can trace their heritage back generations to sailors, shipbuilders, traders, fishermen, and port workers – including members of the Yarmouth Shantymen. They’ve been belting out shanties ar…
 
Jim Mageean, or “Shanty Jim”, has been leading some of the best shanty sessions in the world for decades. His lengthy discography now includes his most recent project, a series of books and accompanying recordings titled Heave Away, Haul Away and Sail Away. In our first trans-Atlantic episode, we chat about Jim’s long history with shanties, his fam…
 
Seán Dagher has one of the most widely heard and recognized voices in all of shanties thanks to his work on the soundtrack for the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. He talks to us about how he got involved with that project, the process of recording it (including the “drunk takes”), and how the success of the game and soundtrack changed h…
 
Shanties were long considered "men's songs" and it was frowned upon for women to lead them. That is, until The Johnson Girls and other pioneering female singers decided to break through the "especially bearded, especially beer-bellied" resistance. In this episode, we chat about their many wild adventures, why they love shanties and how they pick an…
 
Take a look at shanties through the frame of Craig Edwards and Gibb Schreffler who have studied shanties intensely for years. From West African work songs, through the popularization of the banjo in America, through the Beatles in Liverpool. Join us on a trip around the world and through the years that explores the origins, evolution, present day r…
 
New Orleans is famous for its singular culture and music. So what do shanties look like there? Alex McMurray from The Valparaiso Men's Chorus talks to us about his journey with shanties that has taken him from New York to Tokyo DisneySea to New Orleans, the impact of Katrina and the pandemic on the music scene there, and of course the Chorus' uniqu…
 
An episode focused on the Mystic Seaport Museum and Sea Music Festival with former festival director and member of the seminal shanty band Forebitter Geoff Kaufman along with Mystic Seaport Chanteyman Marc Bernier. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny - Live song: Down Trinidad, trad. arra…
 
A wide-ranging, informative, and hilarious conversation with renowned shanty singer and educator David Coffin, song leader of the Revels musical program and Director of the Narration Program for Boston Harbor Cruises. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny - Live song: Noah's Ark, trad. arra…
 
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