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Sea shanties (singular "shanty", also spelled "chantey"; derived from the French word "chanter", 'to sing') were shipboard working songs. Some speculate that shanties may have been sung as early as the 15th century though there is little evidence to support this claim. The shanties that survived to be collected and preserved date from the 19th century through the days of steam ships in the first half of the 20th century.

In the days when human muscles were the only power source available aboard ship, sea shanties served a practical purpose: the rhythm of the song served to synchronize the movements of the sailors as they toiled at repetitive tasks. They also served a social purpos ...
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TO THE SEA IN SHIPS! - (by Audiverse)  Year: 2009
Audiverse Hoist the topsail! Belay that line! Come aboard a tall ship with a rousing melody to inspire a daring crew on a voyage beyond the far horizon. The surly first mate leads the tune with his battered fiddle & is soon joined by the traditional string band, concertina & bagpipes. Authentic sailing music, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
375052 1:47 Medium 105   


NORTHERN LIGHTS - (by RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees)  Year: 2000
RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees Chanty style folk music, Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
247785 4:00 Medium 127   


THE HOMEWARD HORNPIPE - (by Audiverse)  Year: 2009
Audiverse In the corner of an old Inn a concertina and mandolin strike up a jolly tune, a penny whistle and fiddle join in and soon the crowd's tapping their feet to a happy melody that speaks of good times past. Perfect for genuine scenes of honest folk of the sea or earth. Sure to put a smile on faces. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
366062 1:59 Med Slow 101   


THE SAILORS WALTZ - (by Audiverse)  Year: 2009
Audiverse Carried by the rhythmic roll of an old sailing ship on a gentle sea this melancholic refrain speaks of loss and regret yet harks to other days of camaraderie and adventure. Played by a small ensemble of traditional strings, concertina and recorder. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
375051 2:17 Medium 106   


LOST AT SEA - (by RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees)  Year: 2011
RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees I was inspired to write this song by the “Bitter Tears” episode of the Discovery Channel’s hit television series, “The Deadliest Catch”. The crew of the Northwestern are faced with an ethical dilemna when their greenhorn's sister dies back on shore while they are in the middle of the Bering Sea. Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
452160 4:53 Fast 166   


THE GUNNERS HORNPIPE - (by Audiverse)  Year: 2009
Audiverse A rip roaring traditional style with authentic instruments, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
366074 2:13 Med Slow 91   


CARRY ME - (by Shanghai Lily Dublin)  Year: 2010
Shanghai Lily Dublin An ancient Celtic sea song, fisherman song. Sounds like Sinead O'Connor, Joanie Mitchell, Edie Burkell. Female Vocals, Rock, Rock (pending cat.)
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Rock (pending cat.)
390250 1:12 Slow 62   
Full Track - European, Scotland
396073 4:53 Very Slow 58   
30sec - European, Scotland
396062 0:31 Very Slow 58   
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
390241 4:52 Slow 62   


WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR? - (by Annie McGee)  Year: 2009
Annie McGee Traditional sea shanty, drinking song, with guitar, violin, accordian, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
369107 1:25 Med Slow 83   


WINDS OF TIME - (by Mark S. Crocker)  Year: 2013
Mark S. Crocker A sweet sounding flute choir introduces this track that continues to build into a nice instrumental with Celtic & Gaelic influence; Use in flyovers of landmarks & vistas, scenes with Medieval Knights, regality, or pirates; Great theme music for dramatic show, nature docs, & Travel channel flyovers. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties  
614454 3:52 Medium 106   


REEL UNREAL - (by Gary Gibson)  Year: 2009
Gary Gibson Irish reel featuring the hammer dulcimer. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Folk, Sea Shanties
361478 0:56 Med Slow 100   


MINI ME HEARTY - (by Yes Thats Great)  Year: 2008
Yes Thats Great Slightly piratey sailor fun, condensed into a little mini har har me hearty kind of run. A short piece useful for setting a sea scene, ocean going or on board ship. rallentendo (speeding up) to finish. Pirates coming ashore, pub celebrations, seafaring documentaries, travel montage, ocean scenes, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
15sec - Folk, Sea Shanties
296469 0:19 Medium 120   


CAPTIAN PUGWASH - (by Annie McGee)  Year: 2009
Annie McGee Captain Pugwash theme, a Sea shanty, popularly know from the TV series of the same name Captain Pugwash played on accordian. Traditional english sea shanty, jolly, light, jig, fun sea song. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Folk, Sea Shanties
376901 0:28 Fast 150   


THE WHITBY SMUGGLERS SONG BY OCEAN'S 5. POPEYE! - (by Colin Tench)  Year: 2012
Colin Tench A sea shanty. Lighthearted song of smugglers and the excise man. A great anthem to finish a comedy or family feel good movie. Naughty boys at sea. This could have been Thin Lizzie. Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (This is fun!) - Folk, Sea Shanties
558727 4:50 Med Fast 142   


UP SHE RISES (60SEC) - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2009
Alec Makinson Jolly, festive and cheery version of the well known sea-shanty 'What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor' folk song. Conjours up visions of salty old seadogs, pirates and drinking about an old galleon. Played by small accordion or squeeze box ensemble, with whistle & harmonica. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec (60sec) - Folk, Sea Shanties
364109 0:59 Med Slow 100   
30sec (30 sec version) - Folk, Drinking Songs
364110 0:31 Very Fast 200   


TEE TIE TOE TUM - (by Masterwerk)  Year: 2004
Masterwerk Sounds like an Irish children's folk song song with whimsical lyric in the style of The Irish Rovers or The New Christy Minstrels. Beautifully recorded with fine vocal and pennywhistle in 6/8 time. This novelty track is unique! Just right for comedy cartoon offbeat film/video, Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Vocal) - Folk, Sea Shanties
341809 1:51 Slow 72   
Variation (25 sec with fade) - Dramatic, Whimsical Music
341807 0:25 Slow 72   
Full Track (Instrumental ) - Dramatic, Whimsical Music
341808 1:27 Slow 75   


TEE TIE TOE TUM - (by Masterwerk)  Year: 2004
Masterwerk Flawlessly recorded Instrumental cue featuring penny whistle in the style of The Irish Rovers in 6/8 time. This novelty track is unique! Just right for comedy cartoon offbeat film/video and childrens music, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Instrumental ) - Folk, Sea Shanties
332568 1:27 Slow 75   
Full Track (Vocal) - European, England
326690 1:51 Slow 75   
Variation (25 sec with fade) - Folk, Sea Shanties
341805 0:25 Slow 75   


MAY I PLAY - (by Hanjo Gabler)  Year: 2014
Hanjo Gabler Walking along the seaside and beaches of europe. Calm Folk Feeling and homemade mood. Accordeon, Guitar, Piano and Contrabass. Have a listen to this stunning piece of music. It's handmade and warm. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
665861 1:38 Medium 111   


HASTBOVALS - (by Kepha Peter Martin)  Year: 2008
Kepha Peter Martin Solo World Accordion, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
282807 1:19 Fast 151   


AMAZING GRACE - (by Pete Bax)  Year: 2010
Pete Bax Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties  
378945 1:37 Medium 120   


SWEET HOME WANGEROOGE - (by Hanjo Gabler)  Year: 2014
Hanjo Gabler Sailing on the sea. That's the picture of this sound. It is named by an isle in the northern sea of Germany. Accordeon, Guitar, Piano and Contrabass. Have a listen to this stunning piece of music. It's handmade and warm. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
641016 2:20 Slow   


GO TO SEA NO MORE - (by Really Free Music)  Year: 2003
Really Free Music A traditional Sea Shanty with a bold, beautiful, flowing melody. Celtic Irish and English folk, with male and group vocal, sounding a little drunk at times! Accompanied by medieval recorder, acoustic guitar and bass. Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
339621 4:23 Med Slow 86   


LOVERS WALTZ - (by Pete Bax)  Year: 2016
Pete Bax Both my wife and myself families originate from this area and it gives you an attitude to respect nature you must be aware of everything and the shanties were often a way of communicating some even blew shells this is a waltz of love or a valentine fog horn nowadays it is ringtones that do the same, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties  
776224 2:34 Medium 106   


I SAW THREE SHIPS (MAIN MIX) - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2010
Alec Makinson Traditional festive lively jig or sea-shanty, featuring traditional folk instruments - Flute, Quena, Reed Instrument, Accordion, Bodhran drum, Tambourines, Lute. Christmas how it used to be. Great for traditional festive markets, Xmas muzak & commercials. Main mix & 30sec, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (main mix) - Folk, Sea Shanties
442028 2:00 Medium 125   
30sec (30sec) - Christmas, Xmas World
441928 0:31 Medium 125   


LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE (30SEC) - (by Alec Makinson)
Alec Makinson Jolly, bright and up tempo version of the famous Sousa march. Feel the swell of the waves and smell the salty air with this solo piccolo and whistles version, in the style of a sea shanty. Perfect for all nautical flavoured commercials, documentary, presentations, theme parks and attractions. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec (30sec commercial) - Folk, Sea Shanties
472584 0:31 Medium 120   


WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN (MAIN MIX WITH FX - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2010
Alec Makinson Jolly & upbeat version of the traditional English folk song from Northumberland. Also known as 'Dance Ti Thy Daddy' or 'Thou shall have a fishy'. Opens with whistle & harmonica, then acoustic guitar joins, building to accordion band style - versions with & w/o sea fx. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (main with sea fx) - Folk, Sea Shanties
422259 1:35 Med Slow 102   
30sec A (accordion with fx ) - European, England
422252 0:31 Med Slow 102   
30sec B (accordion mix no fx) - Folk, Traditional Folk
422238 0:31 Med Slow 102   
Full Track (main mix w/o sea fx) - Folk, European Folk
422244 1:31 Med Slow 102   
30sec (30sec flute mix) - Folk, European Folk
422243 0:32 Med Slow 102   


SAILOR'S HORNPIPE (30SEC COMMERCIAL) - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2010
Alec Makinson Ahoy Me Hearties! Splice the main brace! Jolly, traditional English folk sea-shanty. Salty old sea dogs at the fore, for this historic accordion ensemble. Ideal for all seafaring & drinking documentaries, drama and 30sec radio & television commercials. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec (30sec commercial) - Folk, Sea Shanties
399567 0:32 Fast 162   


TRUMPET HORNPIPE (MAIN MIX) - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2015
Alec Makinson Jolly, uplifting and rousing traditional sailors sea shanty. Often associated with pirates and the children's TV cartoon 'Captain Pugwash'. This tune is also known as the 'Thunder Hornpipe'. Perfect for TV & radio commercials for swashbuckling pirates and marine related events. Played on accordions, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (main mix) - Folk, Sea Shanties
706592 1:22 Med Fast 144   
30sec (30sec commercial) - Folk, Pirate Songs
706603 0:30 Med Fast 144   


DONKEY RIDING - (by Bernard Wrigley)  Year: 2011
Bernard Wrigley An authentic, rousing sea shanty from the 19th century telling of the "Donkey" engine used at the dockside to lift cargoes to and from sailing ships. Steady, pulsating rhythm with unusual chorus. English concertinas, mandolin, fiddle & drums featured; verses & chorus sung with a voice to match! Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties  
469666 1:54 Med Slow 92   
Variation A - Folk, Sea Shanties
469663 0:15 Med Slow 92   
Variation B - Folk, Sea Shanties
469664 0:30 Med Slow 92   
Variation C - Folk, Sea Shanties
469665 1:01 Med Slow 92   


LET THE BULGINE RUN - (by Bernard Wrigley)  Year: 2011
Bernard Wrigley An authentic, rousing sea shanty from the 19th century telling of a railway engine used at the dockside at ports in the West Indies. Steady, pulsating rhythm with unusual chorus. English concertina, guitar, mandolin & drum featured, and sung with a voice to match! Male Vocals, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
469637 2:00 Fast 160   
Variation A - Folk, Sea Shanties
469640 0:17 Fast 160   
Variation B - Folk, Sea Shanties
469638 0:32 Fast 160   
Variation C - Folk, Sea Shanties
469639 1:00 Slow 79   


IRISH SEA CAPTAIN JIG - FULL - (by Paul Gelsomine)  Year: 2014
Paul Gelsomine Irish Jig with mid-tempo groove and a genuine demeanor. Happy and upbeat, Mid tempo, Sea Shanty influenced song with tin whistle melody. Traditional folk tune with a warm and friendly feel. song featuring Dulcimer Celtic harp, atmospheric, tin whistle, and traditional percussion. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Sea Shanties
659721 1:33 Medium 110   
30sec - Folk, Sea Shanties
659719 0:30 Medium 110   
60sec - Folk, Sea Shanties
659720 1:00 Medium 110   
Stinger A - Folk, Sea Shanties
659722 0:05 Medium 110   
Stinger B - Folk, Sea Shanties
659723 0:05 Medium 110   


OLD SAILOR - (by Nelson Hinds)  Year: 2013
Nelson Hinds Cute old sailors song. Think of the old man and sea. Visualize a crusty old captain telling tails of the sea. Great for documentaries, comedies (Peter Sellers disguised as an old, crusty captain) and film. This trio of two accordions, tuba and its charming melody will gently take you out to sea. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Folk, Sea Shanties
605279 0:33 Medium 126   


OLD MAN AND THE SEA - (by Nelson Hinds)  Year: 2014
Nelson Hinds A peaceful theme that is hopeful and content, full of character and longing for the ocean. You can almost smell the air and see the blue seas, see the boats and feel the breezes. The beautiful melody in the alto flute will gently take you to the place of captains and crew with its timeless allure. Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Folk, Sea Shanties  
646638 0:44 Medium 119   

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