May 20, 2021
Shanty Singing with Seán Dagher
Sea shanties have been dominating the internet recently and you may be wondering what they are and why they’re so popular. Ships2Shores invites you to join musician Seán Dagher for a fun introduction to shanty singing! Seán will take you through the types of shanties and their functions, the relationship between some nautical terms and shanties, techniques of shanty singing, and there may even be a sing-a-long!
Seán DagherSinger, Arranger, Composer
Seán Dagher is an active performer, arranger, and composer of music from various classical and folk music traditions: Celtic, Baroque, Medieval, Arabic, Quebecois, and Maritime. He is artistic director and principal arranger of Skye Consort and is a member of La Nef’s Artistic Committee. Seán often provides arrangements for other ensembles and artists, including La Mandragore, Pierre Lapointe, Shannon Mercer, I Furiosi, Les Voix Baroques, and Les Voix Humaines. His music has been performed across Canada and the United States. Seán has recorded sea shanties and tavern songs for several video game sound-tracks in the Assassin’s Creed 4 series, by Ubisoft. He has also performed and toured with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Maestro Kent Nagano.
Seán has worked with the Festival du Monde Arabe creating shows of Middle Eastern and North African music. He has arranged and composed music for audio books with story-teller and musician Suzanne De Serres, Youth Program Director for La Nef, and for American author Sandra Gulland. Seán has also been a composer and sound designer for several theatre productions. Seán has been nominated for numerous ADISQ and Opus awards and won prizes with La Nef and Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer for their concert and CD La Traverse Miraculeuse, with La Mandragore for the concert Convivencia, wand with La Nef for the creation of Leave her, Johnny. Despite all that Seán can frequently be found singing and playing in Irish pubs.