We have Nathan Evanss to thank for this strange distraction. Like many of us, the 26-year-old musician, who lives outside Glasgow in Airdrie, Scotland, finds himself bored during his release from prison. Last March, he joined TikTok, hoping to share his music.
At that time, his drama did not include the lake.
For a few months, he played Scottish folk songs, with songs Bob Dylan or Simon and Garfunkel coming in from time to time.For good measure, TikToks performed quite well, typically with around 10,000 or more views. That and has little opinion One of them, in mid-July, asked him to star in the sea classic “Leave Her Johnny”.
“I’ve never heard of lakes before,” Evanss says. “I found it on YouTube and I thought it was really good.”
On July 13, Evanss shared a sad story: “Oh, times were tough and the wages were low. Leave her, Johnny, let her go… ”Millions of people come to see this clip, about 990,000 more than his usual video.
Something might have happened with this sea cottage business. Then, every time Evanss posts the original element or the cover of Chance the Rapper, requesting him to show the sea again floods his comments, people say.
“I don’t know that there is such a need for them. But then you take them out and everyone is angry with them, ”he said.
On December 23, he posted the first of three TikToks in which he sang “The Scotsman,” which tells the story of a drunken Scots couple and what he may – or may not wear under a skirt. Short of him
It has reached 2.7 million views, but his true viral moment came a few days later when he posted “The Wellerman,” an epic tale of a merchant ship that supplied the weller. In the next few weeks, it gained more than 4 million views and the official launch of ShantyTok, a TikTok corner reserved for sea audiences.
The hashtag #seashanty is now viewed more than 72 million times. It includes classic performances of these ancient songs. People describe the history of the genre; A trend of transforming popular songs like “WAP” into Shanties and at least one club banger “Wellerman” remix.
TikTok’s functionality deserves credit as it allows creators to use each other’s voices. The platform also has a “duet” feature where users can create videos side-by-side with existing videos, allowing multiple singers to synchronize.
The trend soon moved to Twitter, where comedians took their best pictures.
Writer John Paul Brammer asks, “Can you be a little quicker about posting photos of the sea here… Some of our husbands choose the sea more than us…”.
New York writer Rachel Syme writes, “The lake is unbelievably catchy by nature, because what else can you do but sing pop while looking for a single whale for three years?”
Many have suggested that Colin Meloy, the Decemberists’ frontman, might be a little jealous as his band has been producing folk-rock songs right next to the sea for years, while Meloy did not respond to a request for comment. The Washington Post, but he tweeted, “Sea shanties was like that in 2003.”
Evanss is credited with an unlikely achievement in part of his accent. “Which has always been commented on”