Wave on the charts and oh. The cover of “Vellerman”, an old 19th-century nautical song, peaked at number 37 on Top Music across the channel, following the success of its cover on TikTok.
The song, sung by “The Longest Johns”, a folk group from Bristol, is a worldwide hit. It ranks #2 on the viral top of the Spotify streaming platform. A thrilling success for an ancestral song welcoming “the arrival of sugar, tea and rum” in a lively rhythm.
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If this nautical song tops the list, it’s because it went viral on December 27th. That day, young Scottish postman Nathan Evans posted a video of “Wellerman” on TikTok, with lyrics from the song. Her folk voice, combined with the magic of the Internet, does the rest.
8 million views
Thanks to a feature of TikTok that allows users to film themselves with one or more videos, the sea song is quickly taken over by a succession of talented music lovers. With a melodious voice, like this amazing pairing as reported by internet user @Dame_Fanny on Twitter.
People can duet with video on Tiktok. It gives lots of fun stuff and sometimes so nifty that it starts to chain up.
Here’s an added example with an unbelievable second voice: pic.twitter.com/YKZNapeVrV
— Dame Fanny (@Dame_Fanny) January 22, 2021
The choristers take the place of the vocalists, adding the savory flavor of the spray to the acapella song. Music channels are made for the joy of Tiktok fans.
Bagpipe player Eli Crowley-Duncan completes this wonderful musical mix with his contributions, rooted in 100% Anglo-Saxon soil.
A contract signed with Polydor
Postman Nathan Evans was so successful with his videos that he resigned as postman to get into music. “This is a unique opportunity, it will never happen again,” the young man told the PA news agency.
This Friday they released their own version of “Vellerman” under the iconic Polydor label. He can even go to the top of the charts.
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