THE LONGEST JOHNS, the English a cappella folk band from Bristol, have been singing shanties and folk songs together for years, like the social media hit 'Wellerman'. It's not the direct and easy path to fame for most bands, but something about their songs' stories, captivating harmonies and exuberant live show has made them one of the must-see acts wherever the 3 Brits have been seen.
Andy Yates, Jonathan Darley and Robbie Sattin discovered their shared interest in shanties during a chance encounter at a barbecue in the early 2010s. They dove deep into sea shanties, performing them at open mic events, making their own recordings, and getting invitations to perform at festivals as a result. In 2016, they recorded their first album, Written in Salt.
In just a few years they have gone from 'singing sea shanties in a kitchen' to a record deal with Decca Records and appearances at major festivals as well as TV appearances. Already last year they thrilled the audience in Deutschladn. In February 2024 THE LONGEST JOHNS will return with instrumental support of their band for 5 concerts in Stuttgart, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover and Cologne.This content has been machine translated.