Brian May gets in on the sea shanty action with a sizzling rock guitar cover of the viral TikTok smash

Brian May
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Recently, we wrote about Andre Antunes offering up a metal reimagining of the viral TikTok performance of The Wellerman – a popular 19th century sea shanty which, for reasons beyond our comprehension, has become one of the most popular videos of the year.

It seems that the hype train is showing no sign of running out of steam just yet, with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May the latest to offer up his own rock guitar rendition of the viral tune.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.