A-hoi maties! Now that the gales of gloomy November are here, it is time to feature some appropriate tunes – and what better way than to present you with The X Seamens Institute.

Formed in 1968 in New York City’s South Sea Port, this was an all male quartet who kept with the folk revival of the times and kept the old ways alive. Bernie Klay, Frank Woerner, John Townley and Dan Aguiar would meet summer Tuesday evenings at 7pm to sing chanties, shanties, and ballads on the pier at the South Street Sea Port. They were sooned joined by a crowd of hundreds and these weekly events were turned into massive public sing alongs.

Our album, The X Seamans Institute Sings at The South Street Seaport, was recorded in 1973 for the Smithsonian Folkways collection and is a compilation of their most requested hits.

Now, over here at An Sibin, we know the weather isn’t warm and we aren’t near any water, but we don’t care! We batten down the hatches here every Thursday, Friday, andSaturday anyway; so what better way to come warm up than with a hearty Fish N’Chips and a Voodoo Ranger IPA (or two)

and some salty songs!

Shanty vs. Chanty: Impress your friends or win some bets with this incredible information

Chanties – Derives from the French chanter meaning to sing and these are technically sung by sailors

Shanties – Derives from the labor dwelling shanty and these were sung by land-based laborers: lumber, rail, and port workers who lived in said shanty towns