A sea shanty, is a genre of traditional folk song that was once commonly sung as a work song to accompany rhythmical labour aboard large merchant sailing vessels. They are a dying art but recent releases by artists such as Nathan Evans has reinvigorated peoples’ interest in shanties. Some of our Year 4 and year 5 learners were very lucky to learn with colleagues from Hampshire Cultural Partnership, on Friday, at Gomer Junior to write our own sea shanty. They were awesome at motivating the children. They children were brilliant too and achieved lots in only two hours. Watch this space for a recording of their work.
An extract from their shanty:
With the shells and sand tickling my feet,
Seagulls give us a nice smooth beat,
The salt in the sea smells so sweet,
I feel so relaxed chilling in my seat.