The Hard Tackers
Break Out the grog and get ready to sing.
We have dropped anchor and we are coming ashore.
Sea Shanties and songs of the sea and rivers, by Ohio’s premier sea shanty crew.
It has been said that if it is wet, we will sing about it.
Power energy and good fun from the days of sail.
The official shanty crew of the Santa Maria, based in downtown Columbus, Ohio, The Hard Tackers are mainly a bunch of retired old fogies who have been involved in folk music for longer then they care to say. They came together as a group to sing at the opening of the Santa Maria and have been together since, performing at festivals, concerts and private parties–from the Port Clinton Walleye festival in the north, to the Portsmouth Sea Shanty Festival in the south of the state.
You will leave the concert amazed at how much fun you have had. Be prepared to sing and laugh with The Hard Tackers–the shanty crew that won the 2009 Southern Ohio Sea Shanty Festival Award. Its members are: John Schomburg, John Locke, Andy Beyer, Fred Bailey, Chris Bolles, Rennie Beetham, Brian Smith, Joe Cook.
Sea shanties are the work songs used on the square-rigged ships in the Age of Sail. Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hauling, pushing, or pumping.
Myspace http://www.myspace.com/thehardtackers includes sample music