Before the Mast is a group of nine men from Saint John, New Brunswick, who sing traditional sea shanties and other songs of the sea. The group has an extensive repertoire of songs in both English and French. Formed in 2007, Before the Mast has performed at hundreds of concerts and festivals throughout the east coast and Quebec.
The men of Before the Mast sing to entertain, to introduce audiences to the amazing richness and vitality of shipboard work-songs and to celebrate the rich and storied sea-going heritage of this area. Their concerts are a lively mix of 'a cappella' singing, storytelling and lively interactions that connect with audiences of all ages.
Before the Mast is proud of the fact that its CD 'Rolling Down' received an East Coast Music Association nomination in the Roots/Traditional category in 2012. Last year Before the Mast released its new CD 'Hand Over Hand'. Its live tracks, recorded in a variety of venues, capture the energy of actual performances, as well as the compelling and often unique 'a cappella' harmonies created by a group of men who love to sing together.
Here are four videos Before the Mast recently recorded at a small venue in Saint John:
Lukey's Boat : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8e1R0WAFLc
Santiano/Santy Anno: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FQJ0E506ZI
Capstan Bar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jnrdjirlq0