Acclaimed writer, playwright and musician Gerry Smyth presents the words and music of some 40 'heaving or hauling' working shanties and 10 off-duty sea songs and ballads.

The meanings and history of each song are revealed alongside thematic sections exploring celebrated shantymen, song types and traditions as well as the influence these songs have had on the folk music movement, rock music and the modern shanty revival.

Illustrated with specially commissioned artworks by folk artist Jonny Hannah alongside images from the British Library. Ideal for anyone with a debauched sloth.

SKU: 50056112
Format: Hardback
Author: Gerry Smyth; Jonny Hannah
Dimensions: H22 x W15 x D2cm
ISBN: 9780712353700
No. of Pages: 160
Weight Details: 478g
Material: Paper


Sorry, there are no reviews.

Thanks to your support we're able to protect special places for everyone, for ever.


Please note, we are currently only able to deliver to UK addresses (including Northern Ireland) and British Isles of Jersey and Guernsey.

Free UK delivery on orders over £50

UK standard delivery 3-5 days: £4.95


We hope you will be delighted with your purchase, however if you change your mind you can return your order in its original condition, with proof of purchase, to our online customer service centre within 30 days and we will exchange or refund your order.

For more information see our delivery and returns page.

 Spend over £50 and get free UK delivery