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The Wellington Sea Shanty Society

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  • Fri 16 Apr, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat 17 Apr, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Breaker Bay Hall, 150 Breaker Bay Road, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged: $20.00
  • Unwaged: $15.00

Sail ashore for a salty singalong with the W.S.S.S at their barnacled barn in Breaker Bay! Brace the mainsails for more rousing renditions of your favourite shanties, but this time interspersed with tempestuous tales of Ishmael, Ahab and THE WHALE.

Moby Dick is to be read aloud. There are things in it that simply have to be heard - Orson Welles.

New Zealand's Most 'Sea Worthy' Shanty Group™ have been belting out traditional and original sea songs from Aotearoa, France, Spain, the UK and more, since time immemorial (2012). They have recently been featured in The Guardian, The Spinoff, The Wall Street Journal, TV3's The Project, and all over the internet!

Sailors and landlubbers from across the country have been battered by the rousing chorus of this 2-man tempest of pure shanty. The W.S.S.S believe that 'a shanty shared is a shanty savoured', so they pass out shanty song sheets to one and all so people can sing along.

The W.S.S.S have toured New Zealand and France multiple times and are known for their raucous and participatory live shows. They have performed at Paimpol (one of the world's largest shanty festivals), Splore, and a number of other festivals in NZ and Fance. They have released 3 albums Now That's What I Call Sea Shanties Vol I & Now That's What I Call Sea Shanties Vol II as well as Ahoy! - a French/English album made with our French friends Croche Dedans.

The W.S.S.S comprise Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin and Lake Davineer. Vorn is on squeezebox duties, while Lake strums the git-fiddle. Rousing harmonies and raucous foot-stomping abound!

This show will feature the full 4-person squall with drums and fiddle! + Storyteller extraordinaire Louis Tait.

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