Having become one of the leading groups of the shanty movement, the Bristol, England quartet claim they want to give back to the artists who have kept the music alive over the years.
AceShowbiz -British folk band The Longest Johns are hoping to make the most of 2021’s sea shanty explosion by plotting a “collaboration” with the stalwarts of the genre.
The Bristol, England quartet have become one of the leading groups of the shanty movement, having first recorded “Wellerman”, which became a huge hit for Nathan Evans earlier this year, and now they want to give back to the acts who have kept the music alive over the years.
“We’d like to do some kind of big collaboration with a lot of the artists who have been instrumental in keeping this music alive today,” singer Robbie Sattin says. “There are some people who have been doing this kind of music for decades and we’d love to get the chance to sing with them, as well as the groups we’ve admired who have inspired us.”
“Groups like Fisherman’s Friends, Kimber’s Men, Pyrates from the Netherlands, Sean Dagher, Nathan Rogers, El Pony Pisador from Barcelona and plenty more.”
And the Brits would also like to record with Oregon-based indie rockers The Decemberists. “We’ve always loved their music,” Sattin adds. “We’d love to record with them.”
And that hook up might happen next year when The Longest Johns tour the U.S. for the first time.
Having signed with Decca Records, the folk band will release their fourth album, “Smoke & Oakum”, on January 21, 2022. About their sound, they shared, “The experience of singing these songs in a group is very similar to people dancing at a club.”
“Whether or not you’ve heard the song before, you innately know what to do and feel part of something bigger than yourself,” they went on explaining. “It’s as if something is missing, until you join in.”
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