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Tik Tok ‘Wellerman’ Sea Shanty Craze Star Lands A Bumper Record Deal

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TIK TOK ‘Wellerman’ Sea Shanty Craze Star Lands A Bumper Record Deal with Polydor

Mailman, 26-year-old Nathan Evans, from Airdrie in Scotland, is the person behind the latest global craze on social media, producing and uploading videos from his bedroom onto Tik Tok, of his renditions of centuries-old sea shanties, including ‘Wellerman’ which to date has had more than 65million hits.

The new genre of music has even been christened ‘ShantyTok’, and has become so popular that major record label Polydor has offered Evans a record deal, enabling him to pack in his day job as a mailman.

Speaking with NBC News last week, Evans told them, “Sea shanties were made to get people to join in, sing along, stamp their feet, clap their hands, keep the morale high”

He added, “I think that in these times when everybody’s stuck at home, they’re quite down, it’s not been the best of times, so I think kind of in a weird way it cheers everybody up. … It makes everybody feel united”.

While Evans did not wish to disclose how much the deal with Polydor Records was worth to him, Evans said he was “speechless” after his first single was released on Friday, he told his fans in a Tik Tok video, “Oh my God, I was a postman on Friday. I have just signed to the biggest record label in the world”.

His biggest success ‘Wellerman’ has the lyrics, “Soon may the Wellerman come to bring us sugar and tea and rum”, and the craze has even got celebrities involved, with Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, chat show host, Jimmy Fallon, and West End impresario, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber all taking part in their own videos, while full choirs and orchestras have also produced versions.

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Chris King

Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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