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The Longest Johns Release New Album Ahead of Extensive 2024 Tour

Feb 9, 2024

Internationally renowned Bristol-based sea shanty sensations The Longest Johns  release their brand new album Voyage today. 

Their fifth studio album is a unique take on traditional folk and shanties which is their most fantastic splendiferous journey yet”, according to the band members Jonathan ‘JD’ Darley, Andy Yates and Robbie Sattin

The record is informed by seafaring history, inspired by key moments and landmarks which have sparked stories, tales, and legends throughout the centuries.

The debut track premieres today:  (Its counting down you may have to wait!!)

 

Voyage comes 10 years after the band first met in Bristol and embarked on their thrilling journey which has seen them ride huge waves of success and carve pivotal chapters in their distinct career.

Funded entirely by their loyal fanbase and to be self-released across all formats, Voyage has been recorded across three studios in sessions planned between tours and festival dates over the last 18 months. The fully DIY release will be available on coloured vinyl, compact disc and cassette with a plethora of added extras, including merch, artwork, and the beautifully crafted companion book that features all the lyrics and seven short stories written for world of Voyage alongside a wealth of insights and anecdotes.

“The music and artwork have sparked the creation of an entirely new universe for us,” explain the band. “We hope the album and its artwork will ignite everyone’s artistic endeavours too, whether in music, painting, storytelling, or any other form of creative expression.”

Although The Longest Johns have travelled many seas delivering their contagious sound to many lands, on Voyage home makes a regular appearance. Before Bristol, Andy and Robbie originally called Liverpool home, and the important shipping city is regularly referenced in the likes of the honky tonk anthem ‘Leaving Of Liverpool’, or the musings of “He gave me a dish of American hash and he called it Liverpool scouse” on ‘Paddy West’ which closes the record.

“Liverpool was a very famous port town in the great days of sail and so many of the songs reference Liverpool as it’s the port they would have sailed into as the sailors returned home,” says Andy.

The Longest Johns have already laid their marker with nine full-length albums, four EPs and ten singles, among them the 2021 version of ‘Wellerman’, which saw the band kick start an inescapable sea shanty craze on social media. The Longest Johns took the 150-year-old folk song from New Zealand and turned it into a worldwide viral sensation, which swept the group to No.2 berth on the US Spotify Viral Chart and No.5 globally.

Throughout history the UK’s greatest seafarers have been doted by royalty, and the same can be said for The Longest Johns who performed for the late Queen’s birthday party at the British Embassy in Paris in 2022, which is just one of their many unique and wonderful shows around the world.

Bullion aplenty has bestowed the band, however The Longest Johns cast away such things. Upon surpassing 300 million streams, the band rejected the traditional gold disc in favour of an environmentally friendly wooden disc made by music industry legend Gold Disc Dave using recycled ship’s timbers. And now with more than 500 million streams across all platforms, over half a million YouTube subscribers and some 200,000 hours watched on Twitch, The Longest Johns are set fair to continue pitching and rolling in fraternal harmony on their way to the horizon.

The band embark on their latest world tour this month,  starting with an extensive run across Europe before hitting the UK in March which is then followed by the US in May. Full dates are listed below.

 

UK & IRELAND LIVE DATES

13 March    O2 Academy    Oxford

14 March     Student Union    Cardiff

15 March    Institute 2    Birmingham

16 March    Club Academy    Manchester **SOLD OUT**

18 March    Summerhall    Edinburgh **SOLD OUT**

19 March    University Students Union    Newcastle

20 March    Irish Centre    Leeds

22 March    The Foundry    Sheffield

23 March    The Drill    Lincoln

24 March    Academy 2    Leicester

25 March    Junction    Cambridge

27 March    Waterfront    Norwich

28 March    Electric Ballroom    London

03 April    Chalk    Brighton

04 April    Engine Rooms    Southampton

05 April    Phoenix    Exeter

06 April    Bristol Beacons

24 April    Cyprus Avenue    Cork

25 April    Dolans Upstairs    Limerick

26 April    Opium Rooms    Dublin

27 April    Limelight 2    Belfast

 

UK FESTIVALS

18 July G! Festival, Faroe Islands

18 August Purbeck Folk Festival

24 August Shrewsbury Folk Festival

For further information (including Europe & US/Canada Dates please visit www.thelongestjohns.com

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