Listen: Band beats lockdown to sing sea shanty

The Sheringham Shantymen have recorded a song called Favela Girl from seperate homes during the lock

The Sheringham Shantymen have recorded a song called Favela Girl from seperate homes during the lockdown. Image: Sheringham Shantymen - Credit: Archant

Their instruments and voices may be spread out across Norfolk, but the Sheringham Shantymen have shown they can still strike up a merry tune.

The Sheringham Shantymen have recorded a song called Favela Girl from seperate homes during the lock

The Sheringham Shantymen have recorded a song called Favela Girl from seperate homes during the lockdown. Image: Sheringham Shantymen - Credit: Archant

The group has found a way to beat the lockdown by recording their parts for a piece called Favela Girls, separately, and having it mixed together to make a song so smooth it sounds like they are all performing in the same room.

MORE: Watch: Cromer and Sheringham in coronavirus lockdown

Brian Farrow, the Shantymen’s musical director, said he was delighted with how the song came out.

Mr Farrow said: “It’s a very old Bob Dylan song written in about 1975.

Brian Farrow of the Sheringham Shantymen. Picture: Chris Taylor

Brian Farrow of the Sheringham Shantymen. Picture: Chris Taylor - Credit: Archant

“We heard it and loved the tune, and a guy called Tony Randall made it into a shanty. All the boys came in at the right time and recorded it on their iPads, phones and laptops from home. Then one of our members, Jon Payne, played with it and put it together.” Mr Farrow said the band, which is marking its 30th anniversary this year, hoped to record more songs in the same way while the lockdown continued.

File photo of the Sheringham Shantymen on Fishermen's Slope. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR PHOTO

File photo of the Sheringham Shantymen on Fishermen's Slope. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR PHOTO - Credit: Archant

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter