Yo-ho! Discover the secrets behind the traditional sea shanty with the Chicago Shanty Sing

John Landecker

The Peruvian Navy tall ship “Union” arrives at the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 378-foot, four-masted sailing school ship carries over a hundred cadets in their final year of Naval Academy. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Recently, a bizarre online craze of people singing traditional sea shanties took over the social media platform TikTok. To get to the bottom of it, John Landecker welcomes Kathy Whisler, organizer of the Chicago Shanty Sing, to explain the history and style of the sea shanty and show how the cultural tradition survived into the modern day.

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