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Viral TikTok sea shanty singer Nathan Evans releases ‘Wellerman’ original song and remix

Scottish postman Nathan Evans's rendition of the New Zealand whaling song went viral earlier this month on social media app, in a trend that's now taken over the internet

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TikTok sea shanty singer Nathan Evans has today released ‘Wellerman’, the sea shanty that caused him to go viral earlier this month on the video-based social media app. The original track and a remix will now be available on all streaming platforms.


Nathan Evans is from Airdrie in North Lanarkshire and started using TikTok as a way of sharing his original songs, but it was only when he shared a cover of ‘Leave Her, Johnny’, a traditional Irish sea shanty that his account started to gain traction.


#duet with @the.bobbybass SHANTY TIME once again! Adding a lower middle harmony 🙂 @nthnevnss @_luke.the.voice_ @apsloan01 #shantytok #wellerman

♬ original sound - N A T H A N E V A N S S

In December 2020, he uploaded a rendition of the 19th-century New Zealand whaling song ‘Wellerman’ and since then, sea shanties have gone viral on TikTok with many other musicians joining in.

On 12 January, Google Trends announced that ‘sea shanties’ as a search term had peaked at its highest point in Google’s history.

‘Wellerman’ is now available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer and Tidal.

The remix, created by 220 KID and Billen Ted, is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and Tidal.

Visit Nathan Evans’s TikTok here.


You can find the lyrics to many of your favourite sea shanties here