Sea Shanties Old and New - Free Streaming Music

Playing banjo with the Shanty Choir Tallship MIRIn December of 2013, I met British composer Peter Dyson, at the annual Christmas party at the British Consulate in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. We discovered we were both long-time expats. Peter mentioned that he also sang with a sea shanty group. I said I'd like to attend their next gig.

To make a long story short, Peter visited my site, heard a couple of traditional sea songs I had arranged and recorded, and sent me an invite to join the group, which was re-forming as the Shanty Choir Tallship MIR (Facebook link).

For me, this was a breath of musical fresh air. I love American roots music, but I'd been doing it FOREVER. Sea shanties are sheer fun. You get to play dress-up and act crude and nobody thinks you're senile! Also, working out banjo parts for sea songs was a fresh challenge.

Joining the group unexpectedly turned on the songwriting juice. In 4 months of 2014 I wrote 6 original sea songs, and they're still coming. You can listen below to the ones I've had time to record so far.  Join my email list to be first to hear new recordings.

SO... ENOUGH!! Heave to, ye scurvy lubbers! Seat that wench on yer lap, hoist that tankard to yer lips and have fun listening to the streaming audio on this page!


"New Old Sea Songs" - Listen Online

My original maritime folk songs and shanties are modeled on traditional music. They may sound "old" - but they're not. What they are... is fun!

Ballad of Shillelagh O'Toole

Ireland's cruelest pirate wreaks blackthorn havoc upon the high seas until one fateful day when he meets a man whose shillelagh is bigger than his. Herein lies a Karmic life lesson to which certain People in High Places these days would do well to pay heed. Learn more...

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Bound for Jamaica's Shore

A dreamy new sea shanty like memories of old-time sailing adventures and misadventures, and tropical isles with waving palms Learn more about it...

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Cabin Boy

A comical ballad about the sad plight of a young lad who ran away to sea dreaming of a sailor's life of romance and adventure only to discover that reality falls short of youthful dreams - as it so often does! Learn more about it...

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Cloudy and Cold NEW!

A special shanty celebrating the city that I've called home for 2 decades and the super people who live there in honor of the innocent lives taken by a terrorist bomb on April 3, 2017. Learn more about it...

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YouTube logo, Use it on YouTube FreeFridge On the Bridge of Atyla

My first original sea song! Learn more about it...  WATCH VIDEO... 

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YouTube logo, Use it on YouTube FreeHaul Up the Main

A rollicking halyard shanty about a rather strange crew. Banned on one U.S. folk music site, so it's got to be a good sea song! Learn more about it...    WATCH VIDEO...

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Heave Me Hearties All

A Christmas Shanty... from a sailor's perspective, of course! Learn more about it...

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Hoist the Jolly Roger

pirate song, inspired by 21st century American big business and politics, that tries hard not to romanticize pirates, who were truly evil scum. Unfortunately it fails in this, and pirates still come out smelling like a rose. Learn more about it...

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Noah Could Not Navigate

A traditional-sounding capstan shanty, but with some purely modern United-Statesian lunacy woven in: T-Rex sails aboard the Ark, and climate change deniers meet Davy Jones! Learn more about it...

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Port Royal Rum

A salty sea ballad about a young sailor, now grown old, who has fallen prey to Demon Drink in Port Royal, Jamaica.  Learn more about it...

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Traditional Sea Songs - DOWNLOAD FREE!

I don't plan on releasing these for commercial distribution, so I've made them freely available to download. The link is somewhere in each of the player widgets below. Enjoy!

Cape Cod Girls

My own arrangement... somewhat different that you may have heard. Centered around clawhammer style banjo. WATCH VIDEO...

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New York Girls

Girls have always been a topic of song for sailors. Compare these girls to those of Cape Cod. And be wary! Again, my own arrangement. Again, clawhammer banjo is emphasized. Very silly pseudo-Irish accent!

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Drunken Sailor

As in, "what do we do with a". The classic song you know and love, arranged and performed by yours truly.

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