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Tom Lewis Workshop - March 20, 2021

An Afternoon with Tom Lewis: The Evolution of the Sea Shanty

Saturday, March 20th, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm PDT

Held live on zoom
Broadcast live on YouTube


A afternoon talking and singing about sea shanties with Tom Lewis – retired submariner (24 years in the Royal Navy). Tom will start with the basics and then take you on a deep dive into sea shanties and maritime songs – background, historical detail, influences, themes, and of course, some talk about Cyril Tawney’s contributions. Lots of songs throughout, and maybe a chance to chat with Tom right after the event.

We will email the zoom link to registrants a few days in advance.
The event will also be broadcast on YouTube for those not in the zoom with Tom

Tom and his wife have been social distancing on his live aboard barge, Moonstone. This will be his first public appearance in a long while!


Tom Lewis (courtesy of

Tom Lewis is an accomplished performer and composer, with decades of experience and accolades.

He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, grew up in Gloucester, England, and was a submariner in the Royal Navy for 24 years (1959-1983).

He is renowned for composing ‘The Last Shanty” (A Sailor Ain’t A Sailor), ”Sailor’s Prayer” (Send Down A Dove), “Legend” (Marching Inland), and many other contemporary songs of the sea that have become folk standards.

Tom has recorded at least 9 CDs, published a songbook, and developed workshops about the songs of fellow submariner Cyril Tawney, the songs of Stan Rogers, forgotten histories behind songs, and more.

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