SOON MAY THE WELLERMAN COME

Latest update on 22/02/2021

Artist: Tommy Wood
Author: unknown
Label: Kiwi
Year: 1972

New Zealand sea shanty on comp Song Of A Young Country, released along the eponymous folk songbook by Neil Colquhoun. Tommy may have been a relative of R.F. Woods where Colquhoun learned the song from. Wellermen were sailing ships from the Weller Company of Dunedin, NZ. They specialized in providing tobacco, sugar, thee and rum to whalers at sea during the 1830s.

Covers:

1977:

Irish Rovers

1994:

Maud Gonne [celtic rock from Dunedin, NZ]

1995:

Gordon Bok, Ann Mays Muir & Ed Trickett [folk from Maine]

1998:

Mike Harding

2020:

Longest Johns [as Wellerman, hit UK]

2021:

Nathan Evans [idem; n°2 UK & NL, n°1 GER; it all started on TikTok, turning into a sea-shanty craze earning him a record deal]

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