Paddy Lay Back sung by shantyman Chris Roche

The capstan shanty Paddy Lay Back, sung by shantyman Chris Roche at a sea songs session at Frittenden, Kent in March 2012.

Chris is very modest – but he must one of the most committed singers of sea songs around, at least that I know.

The brains and energy behind The Shanty Crew (established 1976), he has studied these songs, their history and their proper purpose for decades, including using them on a square-rigged sailing ships rounding Cape Horn. He was also privileged to learn from the legendary Stan Hugill – the last working shanty singer.

There are two more recordings of Chris’s singing here and here.

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