Story: Folk, country and blues music

'Whalers of the deep deep sea', 1852 (2nd of 2)

'Whalers of the deep deep sea', 1852

This is the cover of the sheet music for 'Whalers of the deep deep sea'. The lyrics of the song were written by Mrs St. George, set to a melody composed by Te Heu Heu, presumably Iwikau Te Heuheu Tūkino III, ariki (high chief) of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The lyrics were based on the shanties sung by the whalers who frequented New Zealand's coast in the first half of the 19th century. The cover illustration is from a painting by Auckland artist Joseph Merrett.

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Folk music – the voice of the people, 1790s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014