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—In last 20 years in the Europe and USA – many young people started to create new way of thinking about SeaSongs and Shanties, so they became atractive for younger publicity.




—In many countries new a’cappella and instrumental maritime folk bands were founded. They and started to compose their own music based on traditional maritime folk music and they started to write own texts often inspired by the great marine writers such as Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway and own sailing experiences.


—The common denominator of this creation, is broadly understood POETRY OF THE SEA: sailing, trip, reaching a designated goal, common hard work, friendship, love, dreaming about safe harbor, longing for family and homecoming. 

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  1. Dean Calin
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    I no longer call the music that we perform “sea shanties” because as Cees Vlieland likes to point out, many groups only perform some traditional shanties, and often not in the traditional way. I refer to the current music scene’s style as simply “maritime music,” stating that at its core the songs are all about the sea or the people who sailed upon it, but shanties only make up a part of that ongoing musical culture. I think that it is important – no, vital – that the many shantykoors that perform the songs in the original way continue to do what they do. That is part of the heritage of the sea. However, these are days that festivals and museums are competing for the focus of young minds, so if a more modern approach to the music acts as a gateway to the genre – that only benefits everyone.

    • Paweł
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      I’m agreed, it’s Al the way more like a maritime music, sea Shanties is a little part of it in this time. Sea songs is the best way to say in my opinion..
      Pawel Paco Kaliciński

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