Whalers a cappella

Saturday, 17 August, 2013

Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes are The Ballina Whalers (pronounced Bal-en-a, by the way). Singing a cappella, they carry on a musical tradition that goes back over hundreds of years in which shanties tell of whaling ships, raging storms, hardship before the mast and lost love. No ballads of sunken oil rigs or over-fishing by rapacious Spanish trawlers here. Nothing, either, about the plight of polar bears affected by warmism. The next generation of seafarers or shanty composers will have to tackle those subjects.

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