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 around the East Coast for almost 40 years and it was a chance encounter with them that encouraged members of Pressgang Mutiny to give this whole shanty thing a go. In this episode, we chat with them about the history of sailing in Yarmouth and the Maritimes, the joys of singing with others, and why shanties still resonate profoundly with the descendants of those who lived – and often lost - their lives at sea.
⚓︎ Shanties featured:
- Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny
- Live song: Across the Western Ocean, trad. arranged by The Yarmouth Shantymen
- Live song: Bully in the Alley, trad. arranged by The Yarmouth Shantymen and Pressgang Mutiny
- Live song: Boston Harbour, trad. arranged by The Yarmouth Shantymen
- Closing credits: Sam’s Gone Away, trad. arranged by The Yarmouth Shantymen
⚓︎ Find out more about The Yarmouth Shantymen at yarmouthshantymen.org
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