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Wellington Sea Shanty Society - Album review: Now That Is What I Call Sea Shanties Vol. 02

09 Jul 2015 // A review by Andrew Smit

A refreshingly traditional collection of sea faring tunes have set sail and once on board you will be smiling and swaying with its fine sound and rollicking rhythms. This is music that will warm the soul and lift your spirits with its fun and frivolity, but it’s no novelty music, oh no it's real music with strong worldly arrangements and a rich form of melodic storytelling, which the Wellington Sea Shanty Society have achieved so very well with this album.

As mentioned the music is truly traditional and it’s such a delightfully good and rare thing, as these days everyone seems to think you have to meld some new dub beat to everything with synthetic effects. Here the traditional sound is achieved with a predominant Piano Accordion working to the steady beat, and swaying with warm fills and trills. There are hearty backing vocals full of cheery chants and hollers, like in the marvellous Hori Waiti which will have you joining in, as you take in the very Kiwi story “across the sea”.

Many songs are great to dance to; Blood Red Roses and NZ Whales will have yer foot a tappin’ and a hand a slappin’, while All For Me Grog will take you back to the first time you learnt Drunken Sailor and will have you singing and wishing you had a jug of ale to revel in as well. There are beautiful melodies and gentler tempos as shown in lovely We're Not In London Now and the mesmeric Dry Land.

A hearty throwback to the days of ole, the Sea Shanty sound produced by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society is for everyone, young and old, there’s no need to be on a ship, this is music that you can escape to another time and place, where you can and sail away from any anxieties and feel care free, so much so you can almost smell the salt, and the wind and the waves!


About Wellington Sea Shanty Society

New Zealand's Most 'Sea Worthy' Shanty Group™ the Wellington Sea Shanty Society have been belting out traditional sea songs from Aotearoa, France, Spain, the UK and more, for 3 years now. Sailors and landlubbers from across the country have been battered by the rousing chorus of this two-man tempest of pure shanty. The W.S.S.S believe that 'a shanty shared is a shanty savoured', so they pass out shanty song sheets to one and all so people can sing along,

The W.S.S.S comprise Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin, from the indie pop band Vorn (www.vorn.co.nz), and Lake Davineer, from the electro pop band Urbantramper (www.urbantramper.com). Vorn is on squeeze box duties, while Lake strums the git-fiddle. Rousing harmonies and raucous foot-stomping abound!

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Wellington Sea Shanty Society


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