In 2013 the Roaring Forties celebrated 25 years of robust singing – revelling in the splendid songs on their latest CD We Made the Steel – but never forgetting their first love – sea shanties and other maritime songs.
Powerful individual singers and 4-6 strong – the group has a formidable repertoire of traditional and trad-style contemporary songs. They have an lengthy list of themes they can sing about: sea shanties, whaling songs, forebitters, work songs, mining songs, union songs, bush songs, songs of Australian history, protest songs, humorous songs, god-bothering songs, drinking songs – you name it!
The Forties are always reinventing themselves, but some things remain constant – the enjoyment they get from singing harmonies and encouraging audience participation.
[They] sing songs of maritime and mayhem, maidens fair and sporty
Old hymns and worksongs and the like, [they] are the Roaring Forties!
More information about Roaring Forties recordings and presentations here.
If you’re looking for the English sea shanty group of the same name, you’ll find them here. Note that the Sydney group has had the name since 1988 and those youngsters formed in 1995!
If you’d like to learn about the area between latitudes 40°S and 50°S where reliably strong westerly winds provided a quick trip for east-bound sailing ships, try Wikipedia.