Friday 25th November
8pm – Late
New Zealand’s Most ‘Sea Worthy’ Shanty Group™ have been belting out traditional and original sea songs from Aotearoa, France, Spain, the UK and more, since time immemorial (2012).
Seafarers and landlubbers from across the globe have been battered by the rousing chorus of this 4-sailor squall 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 have toured New Zealand and France multiple times and are known for their raucous and participatory live shows. They have performed at Paimpol (one of the world’s largest shanty festivals), Splore, and a number of other festivals in NZ and France. They’ve released 3 albums: Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties Vol I, Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties Vol II, and, Ahoy! – a French/English album made with our French friends Croche Dedans.
The W.S.S.S comprise Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin and Lake Davineer. Vorn is on squeeze box duties, while Lake strums the git-fiddle. Rousing harmonies and raucous foot-stomping abound!
They have recently been riding the ‘Wellerman’ wave as their version was released prior to the ‘shantytok’ phenomena and is widely regarded as the definitive version.