The South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly marine music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original New York chantey, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a shared song round robin featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen, lead a song, and strike up the chorus your neighbors will hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom 24 Hours Before link: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.
“The whimsical lyrics and portrayals of a distant life at sea were the perfect balm for people across the country and the world facing the continued fallout from the pandemic and lockdowns last year.” – Daily news
“Show off the power of TikTok – and now New Yorkers can join in! The museum is really open to the idea that some beloved sailor chanteys are racist or sexist. I love them calling it! also has a chat where you can chat and talk about the context as the song unfolds. “
– Jennifer Vanasco, Radio WNYC
After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event went live in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, the South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has become the preeminent virtual chantey in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old savory and new initiates, across the way, from across the country and across the pond. The South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each song.
“A good mix of familiar songs and new ones that should be better known. The fact that the performers came from all over the Netherlands, UK, Canada and USA gave a wonderful feeling of this special musical community that we all share, ”wrote one participant.
“This place attracts excellent, knowledgeable singers and I’m still learning. Today I walked away with four songs that I wanted to learn,” wrote another participant. “Joy!”
Sailors of old on long journeys spent months living together in tight spaces with no outdoor entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet and every day much like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Let’s sing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and absurd songs, nostalgia songs and current news songs, all were part of the repertoire on board. At the South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on. The February event will be hosted by Bonnie Milner with The New York Packet, a collection of traditional New York area chantey singers.
“The Songs of the Sea fit perfectly into the New York tradition,” said Laura Norwitz, senior director of programs and education for the SSSM. “The sailboats were a melting pot of languages and cultures, and forecastle songs and songs, along with hard work and shared challenges, helped the sailors merge into one community. When we sing these songs today – some old and some updated with up to the lyrics of the moment – we celebrate our connection to our maritime heritage and also to the community we create by enjoying the music together. homemade. “
Each song online includes a virtual preview of some of the Museum’s collection items related to the songs sung. Many songs also include a virtual tour of one of the Museum’s ships and a conversation with a member of the crew.
The New York Packet was established over 30 years ago as the official sea song group of the South Street Seaport Museum. Singing first on the iconic ship Peking, they have since strived to continue singing chantey in Lower Manhattan. Even when the seaport encountered “severe weather” during and after Hurricane Sandy, the Packet found places to fill up with sound while waiting for their beloved ships to return to the seaport. In May 2019, the time came for the Packet to come back and sing aboard Wavertree. It was a magical and welcome moment.