Bass-singing folk group The Wellermen were discovered during the viral ‘sea shanty trend’ of early 2021. The four have only met in person once with members Bobby Waters and Luke Taylor based in the US and Jonny Stewart and Sam Pope based in the UK. The four members’ lives were to change when they dueted with a seemingly innocuous ‘sea shanty’ (“Wellerman”) on TikTok. Since the release on the now ubiquitous TikTok, it’s been viewed over 100 million times across multiple platforms and continents, and has seen The Wellermen appear at events like The Brits, shows like Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Colbert Show, and ABC News Australia. The Wellermen used their moment of unexpected virality for lasting good, raising money via proceeds from ‘Wellerman’ for the Marine Conservation Society, giving back to the seas. 

Since then the group have gone on to release their debut album containing even more viral hits, from ‘Misty Mountains’ and ‘Nancy Mulligan’ to the North Sea Trend phenomenon ‘Hoist The Colours’ which reached #3 on the global TikTok sound chart in February 2024. The group has achieved 150 million streams to date and amassed a global audience of millions in the process.

The Wellermen embark on their debut USA tour in June 2024, with their hotly anticipated follow up album due for release Winter 2024.

Listen to The Wellermen on Spotify (below) and Apple Music.

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