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Chantey Night at the Sussex Tavern

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Featuring Ship’s Company Chanteymen

For more than two decades, the Ship’s Company Chanteymen (est. 1996) have shared sea salts’ songs with tens of thousands, all over the East Coast. Aside from being scurvy-free, they portray the musical part of nautical life in the 1700s and 1800s. Many of their songs originally set a pace to keep ship crews rowing in time or doing rhythmic chores such as turning a capstan. Some just filled long hours or lonely nights at sea. Simple and direct, wild and spirited, salty and rough as a North Atlantic gale, they were a reflection of the sailors themselves. The practice of voicing rhythmic sounds while working may be as old as mankind and probably is intrinsic to human nature.

Since early sailors spent years away from home, first-time listeners should not be surprised that many tunes mention fair maidens, home, and “other” entertainments. With rollicking tunes and sing-along choruses, it’s also fun. This jolly band of merrymakers has been seen and heard all up and down the east coast of the United States.


May 20
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
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