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The Longest Johns, the trailblazing band at the forefront of last year’s transatlantic resurgence of sea shanties – being the instigators of the TikTok phenomenon and chart hit, Wellerman – head to Manchester Folk Festival this October to perform songs from their latest album Smoke & Oakum.
Featuring the legendary folk songs that fuel the band’s passion for the genre, alongside thrilling original offerings, Smoke & Oakum is a treasure chest, each song a jewel collected along the way. Representing and paying homage to protest singers and folk luminaries through the years, The Longest Johns shine new light through old windows with songs that hold a torch up to the truth.
Over the past decade the four friends from Bristol, have gone from singing sea shanties and folk songs in pubs to raising the roof to a jam-packed tent of adoring fans at Latitude 2021, appearing on the prestigious BBC Sounds Stage, and garnering 250 million combined streams.
The world-renowned musicians’ innovative approach to communicating with the public, and ever-increasing popularity, reaches far beyond the stage. They have shaken up the music world by utilising their entrepreneurial skills, sharing these traditional songs in a completely new way – via gaming and social media platforms – and cementing their position as protest singers of the 21st century. The world is, quite literally, their oyster.