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Sea shanties were sung by sailors while pulling up the an­chor or haul­ing on a rope, giv­ing rhythm to the work. -Colin Anker

WORK­ING songs of the sea have struck a chord in Aus­tralind with the found­ing of sea shanty group The An­chor­men, who are now invit­ing more mem­bers to join.

The group was founded last month by Matthew Wearne and Colin Anker, long-time friends who had both found a shared in­ter­est in shanties

“I be­came en­thused about singing sea shanties when I went down to Al­bany and sung with the Al­bany Shan­ty­men,” Mr Anker said.

“Pre­vi­ously Matt and I had sung in the Men Against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Choir.”

Sea shanties were sung by sailors while turn­ing the cap­stan, pulling up the an­chor or haul­ing on a rope, giv­ing rhythm to the work. “It’s so much fun when you get a group of guys belt­ing out an awe­some song about get­ting to­gether, work­ing hard and help­ing out just to get the job done,” Mr Anker said.

“It’s a re­ally good so­cial thing as well.”

Mr Wearne said there was a com­mu­nity of shanty groups across Aus­tralia who of­ten shared mu­sic, and the group had been helped by Perth, Fre­man­tle and Al­bany groups when they started.

“I had been in a shanty group be­fore; I formed one when I was in Vic­to­ria,” he said.

“There’s a com­mu­nity all over Aus­tralia, and he (Colin) grabbed 150 songs from the Al­bany guys.”

Mr Wearne said the group was open to any abil­ity.

“It’s not about singing abil­ity,” he said.

“We’re just out there to sing to­gether with en­thu­si­asm.”

The An­chor­men sing ev­ery Thurs­day at 6pm. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mr Anker on 0432 878 470 or by email­ing col­i­nanker1@hot­

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Sea shanty singing group The An­chor­men co-founders Matthew Wearne and Colin Anker strike up a tune.

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