Sea huts are dotted all over TikTok. Here’s why

If Wellerman didn’t arrive soon, they’d let out rum.

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If the sea is calling you, it might be through TikTok these days. While the video-based social networking platform may usually invoke dance challenges, lip-syncing, and comedic sketches, the latest trend to wash up on the beach is the singing of old sea huts.

The Internet called this marine moment #ShantyTok. Since around the end of December, TikTok has seen a lot of interest in videos of people not only singing sea cottages but also creating an impressive arrangement of tunes traditionally sung by crews on merchant sailing ships. #ShantyTok comes full of multi-part harmonies and resonant bass lines. To date, the #seashanty videos have achieved over 74 million views. And this number is still on the rise. Tuesday, Google Trends tweeted That „Sea Huts“ was searched for more than at any other time in the history of the platform. Even Elon Musk tweets about the huts.

Crying over a whaling boat while running out of rum turns out to be the mood for the first week of 2021.

In the middle of the vortex, Nathan Evans, 26, appears to have been a postman from outside Glasgow, Scotland, and his December 27 performance for his 19th-century New Zealand folk song Wellerman surpassed one million views on TikTok and has been incorporated into countless songs Other. Tik Tox. The song tells the story of the whalers waiting on board a resupply ship.

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Wellerman. # the sea# Sea# Shanti#Widely#singing# My voice# Pirate#new#A native#fyp#is yours#foryoupage# Singer#Scottichinger#Scotch

♬ original sound – NATHANEVANSS

Evans, who is mostly on social platforms like Spotify, says Nathan Evans.

Evans, who largely posts videos of him performing Scottish folk songs, pop songs and recently his own songs, says he can’t believe how much people like the seaside cottages. It had around 45,000 followers on TikTok earlier in December, and that number surpassed 347,000.

When were the sea huts invented?

Sea Shacks have ended up on the social media platform of the 21st century, which is an unexpected development. According to History Online Magazine Historic UKThe history of the seaside huts dates back to at least the mid-fifteenth century. Signing together and keeping the rhythm going will help crews stay in sync for tasks like lifting sails, when everyone needs to be pushed or pulled at the same time. Usually, there will be a lead singer, or shantyman, and the crew will come on the choir.

As the power of steam eventually spread in later centuries and the need for manual labor on board decreased, the seaside huts began to dissolve, says Historic UK. By the twentieth century, they were almost forgotten.

What exactly is a Willerman?

Although it’s practically impossible to determine who posted the first tinfoil on TikTok and when Evans posted their first song (song titled Leave It, Johnny) In July. It smashed a million views, surprised him, and garnered him new followers and requests for more. On December 23, he released The Scotsman, split into three videos. It was Willerman who really took off.

„Soon Wellerman may come bring us sugar, tea, and rum. One day when the tongue is over, we’ll take our leave and go“ is an unlikely earworm.

There was actually a love for Wheelerman there. User Jacob Doublesin started sketching with the song in late October. His CV says that he „Sea-EO of Wellerman. Earlier in December, the user Resmith He uploaded his copy from Wellerman and made binary copies on TikTok (you can record your own split-screen video with another), adding chime. Google Trends shows a slight uptick in searches for Wellerman around that time, but when the Evans version came out, the search term on Google exploded. He says things calmed down a bit in a few days, but another jolt occurred when 19-year-old Luke Taylor An amazing deep baritone added to the mix.

Since then, people have added all kinds of harmonies:

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#duet With @ the.bobbybass SHANTY TIME again! Add Mid-Low Harmony: nathanevanss @ _luke.the.voice_ @ apsloan01 # O Lord#Wellerman

♬ original sound – NATHANEVANSS



Strings have been added to the anipeterson version also because I have received so many requests! MustafaHosny Oh God, Secretary #fyp# the sea#Wellerman#Widely#Violin

♬ original sound – miaasanomusic

They turned it into a club-ready remix:


## Duet With @ _luke.the.voice_ ## deep voice## xyzbca## xyzcba##stitch## for you##is yours## fyp## sausage## Sea Embed a Tweet

♬ original sound – NATHANEVANSS

And many people mock the novelty of Sea Shacks, of all things, that have become popular on an app often associated with youth:


If it’s not about salted air and craving a sweetheart, you have to leave the beach, I don’t want to hear that. ## fyp## foryoupage## Sea## chantssen

♬ Original sound – Justin Mousseau

It is difficult to determine exactly why this happens. It could be the weirdness factor, or the attractiveness of watching talented people do amazing things. Or perhaps, as some studies have suggested, it could be choral singing Positive influences on people’s sense of well-being. Perhaps after a year of peak tension and turmoil, rich tones and 4/4 pulses provide a kind of balm.

„For me, it’s totally therapeutic because it’s just singing and bass drum, and people are in tune,“ Evans says. „There are a lot of people together.“

Whatever the reason, sea shacks continue to spread. Popular Video Blog Hank Green A duet record explaining what Wellerman is about and what exactly the lyric phrase „When the tongue is done“ (the whale slaughtered for meat) means. Another user named Hunter Evenson is converting pop songs like Wap By Cardi B shows Megan Thai Stallion in the cottages.

Evans, for his part, Wellerman followed a nineteenth-century melody called Drunken Sailor (an exploration of what one might attract on a drunken sailor, early in the morning, like shaving his stomach with a rusty razor), and he’s got a lot more cottage. The store, mostly from the requests it receives on TikTok. It’s also looking at a short EP recording and putting it on Bandcamp’s music platform.

Until then, TikTokers will have to ration the supplies and wait for Wellerman to arrive.

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