John Tams endorses the start of the charitable ‘World Shanty Project’. A collection of singers and musicians from around the world get together to celebrate the worldwide shanty community with a song written by Chris Ricketts.
The ‘World Shanty Project’ was born out of the Covid-19 pandemic and has recently been endorsed by Paul Sartin (as well as John Tams). The quirky anthem, ‘All Stand Together’ was written by Britains very own 21st century shanty singer Chris Ricketts and the project includes well over 30 people from as far as India, Canada, USA, Poland and South Africa.
‘All Stand Together’ – Listen/ Purchase (donate).
Chris explains that ‘the loss of many festivals and meetings with like-minded friends over the coming months was a scary prospect, so I wanted a chance to see and sing with the people I will not get an opportunity to be with this summer’.
Chris also explained that the lockdown situation in the UK has been a challenge on his own mental health and everyone involved in the project agreed to use the single to raise awareness and money for mental health and the importance music for peoples well being.
You can find out more about the charity ‘Music For Mental Health’ at: tonicmusic.co.uk .
Project website: https://theworldwideshantyproject
CHRIS RICKETTS – Songs In The Key Of Sea (Acoustic Fusion AF04). Chris Ricketts: singer, songwriter, shantyman, cruise ship entertainer – don’t knock it as a way of honing your trade – is back from far oceans with a new album. Songs In The Key Of Sea is his fourth album and his first for seven years. Regular sidesmen Steve Hampton and Garry Blakeley are still with him along with Matt Blackwell on keyboards, David Dove on second (or third) guitar and Noemie Belanger providing backing vocals…. Read Dai Jeffries’ reveiw here.