This is a commissioned brass band arrangement. A version by British musician Nathan Evans increased the song’s exposure. Popularized as a sea shanty despite being more accurately described as a ballad, there was a surge in interest in sea shanties and a multitude of remixes and new versions. Evans’s version has been praised for its “authentic sense of stoic forbearance” that has appealed to young people in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, who like 19th-century whalers “are similarly marking time”. In the Rolling Stone article discussing his success, Evans cited The Albany Shantymen version of the song as inspiration. Because of its origins on TikTok, the trend of performing sea shanties like “Soon May the Wellerman Come” on social media has been called “ShantyTok”. The song, jointly credited to Nathan Evans and remixers 220 Kid and Billen Ted by the Official Charts Company (OCC), reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. A new version of “Wellerman” with German folk band Santiano was released as a single on 19 February 2021.

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