Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes are three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a vocal tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea.
The Whalers, one of the most sort after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, released their debut EP ‘Lowlands’ - part of a proposed trilogy - in December 2012. It was recorded live by the band around a single microphone in the English countryside.
Following the success of the Lowlands EP, they released their second EP Haul The Bowline in December 2013 to rave reviews, including a busy summer of festivals performances at Glastonbury and Green Man festivals, among others.
Their third EP, 'Pull Down Below', the last of the trilogy was released in April 2015. After it's launch the Whalers took a break from live performances while they concentrate on other projects.
The Ballina Whalers will be back with new recorded material soon..