Formed in 1988, the Roaring Forties have almost 30 years of robust singing under their belts.
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: 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!
Their most recent CD We Made the Steel tells of the working life in the Australian steel industry in the last third of the 20th century.
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.