COME SING ALONG WITH US
OHH AND OF COURSE DRINK SOME WHISKEY:)
Remember, we supply the songbooks and the encouragement. You get to come and sing, have some fine spirits and food and join in the fellowship of people who just might appreciate a song of the rolling sea or the mighty ceaseless river. Please bring a friend, songbooks are provided. Check out our website where you can print your own songbook at noqsk.org.
Singing or chanting has been done to accompany labor on seagoing vessels among various cultural groups at various times and in various places. A reference to what seems to be a sailor's hauling chant in The Complaynt of Scotland (1549) is a popularly cited example. Liberal use of the word «shanty» by folklorists of the 20th century expanded the term's conceptual scope to include «sea-related work songs» in general. However, the shanty genre is distinct among various global work song phenomena. Its formal characteristics, specific manner of use, and repertoire cohere to form a picture of a work song genre that emerged in the Atlantic merchant trade of the early 19th century.