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Love a nice sea shack? Atlantic Canadians who can’t be together can at least sing together. saltwire

Halifax, NS – On December 27, 2021, Scottish musician Nathan Evans uploaded a video to a social media platform performing The Wellerman, a traditional UK folk song about life at sea.

The video garnered millions of views across multiple social media platforms, and according to Google Trends, sea shack quickly became a trending topic.

It’s no surprise — Google Trends says sea shack was actually one of the most searched words in 2021.


In Atlantic Canada, the growing popularity of sea huts has been celebrated by many musicians performing this type of traditional music.

Kelly Devo is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Jesus Murphy, a Halifax-based band that performs traditional Irish music and sea huts.

“People love the hell out of the music we’re playing,” Devo said.



Devo formed the band with a friend in 2008 when he noticed that fewer bands were playing the genre.

“There used to be a lot of bands on the East Coast that played that kind of music, but the bar scene has changed over the past 20 years,” he says.

The band began by playing traditional Irish music, but quickly began adding sea huts to their song list.

DeVoe stated that the band’s most popular hut is the Barretts Privateers, performed by Stan Rogers.

“People would sing along to that song every time,” he said.

“I don’t know a single person who doesn’t start singing when that song comes on.”



Because the nature of the music is group-oriented, the spike in popularity of the genre is understandable in 2021, Devo said.

“It’s not one of those types of music that you can just sit back and listen to. It demands participation,” he said.

“Given that we have COVID-19 to deal with and we have fewer options, at a time when you don’t have many other options, one of those things may ironically have caught on.”

Another possible reason for the popularity is the nature of the song, Devo said.

“I think there’s a lot to be found in the song that is still relatable in some way,” he added.

“Many people are still feeling that they are not getting proper setback at work. There is always this kind of struggle to do better and move ahead in life, and most of the slums are about that idea.

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“Many people are still feeling that they are not getting proper setback at work. There is always this kind of struggle to do better and move ahead in life, and most of the slums are about that idea.
— Kelly Devo


Prince Edward Island’s Celtic violinist Richard Wood agrees that the nature of these songs makes him related to many people today.

“I think a lot of people get involved with that kind of storytelling,” Wood said.

Wood began tap dancing at the age of eight and soon began playing the fiddle.

Now 43 years old, Wood has seen the popularity of Celtic music rising in the past and declining again.

“It’s one of those things going on,” he said. “It keeps increasing, then it decreases, and now we are seeing an increase again. It goes in waves.”


Wood said the rise of social media has played a big role in the sea shack trend of 2021.

“Social media helps in reaching this out to the masses. Now everyone can access them and see it. It is something that they can capture and sing along to,” he said.

He said that COVID-19 has also affected it.

“We are used to being able to do this together, the social aspect is huge,” he said. “Being in lockdown I am sure has had a major impact on the rise of a musical form that is about bringing people together.”


“Being in lockdown I am sure has had a huge impact on the rise of a musical form that is about bringing people together.”
— Richard Wood



For these reasons, Wood is not surprised by the rise of Sea Shack in 2021.

“The booming control from the hut of the sea captivates people with every word,” Wood said.

“It takes a lot of emotion that goes into it and being able to experience it is the key to the moment.”

God agrees.

“We’re always trying to search all parts of the world and find hidden gems from places that haven’t been discovered,” Devo said.

“It so happened this time that it was a sea shack.”


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