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The Longest Johns


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The sea shanty sensations

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The Longest Johns are a vocal group formed in Bristol and comprised of four members – Andy Yates, Dave Robinson, Jonathan “JD” Darley and Robbie Sattin – who all share a love of folk songs, sea shanties and maritime rock.

The quartet perform traditional songs along with their own original creations and have self-released all of their music. In 2013, they unveiled the EP Bones In The Ocean. The Longest Johns’ debut full-length album, Written In Salt, followed three years later and featured the track Drunken Sailor. Their second album, Between Wind And Water, arrived in 2018.

In the span of those five years, they went from singing in a kitchen to appearing at international folk festivals, doing tours and making TV appearances.

The quartet released their third album, Cures What Ails Ya, in June 2020. Its first track is the original song Hoist Up The Thing, which is complemented by a humorous video for which they built a huge ship entirely out of cardboard boxes.

The Longest Johns shot to fame in early 2021 thanks to their rendition of the 19th-century folk song Wellerman that went viral on TikTok and entered the UK top 40 singles chart. It became the most popular song to have emerged from the “Shanty Tok” craze and led to a huge rise in followers across the band’s social media channels.

In late January 2021, The Longest Johns announced three UK shows for December 2021 at King Tut’s in Glasgow, Islington Assembly Hall in London and Thekla in Bristol.


The Longest Johns are set to play three shows in the UK on 2, 8 & 17 December 2021.

The Longest Johns are appearing in the UK at Glasgow's King Tut's, London's Islington Assembly Hall and Bristol's Thekla.

Tickets for The Longest Johns' tour dates go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 29 January 2021.