Brian May is getting on the Wellerman British sea shanty wave with a cover

Brian May
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Shiver our timbers – what is going on with sea shanties in the UK right now?! TikTok star Nathan Evans' version of the mid 19th century Wellerman hit number 1 in the UK singles charts yesterday (February 1) . Now, fresh from his greatest guitar solo of all time (opens in new tab) victory, good ol' plectrum pirate Brian May has paid tribute to it on his 'pinkest pink' BMG Pink Special (opens in new tab)

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And because he's a hero, May will be auctioning that PInk Special next month for women’s health charities - details TBC. And here's Nathan Evans' chart-topping vocal version of Wellerman to enjoy… 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.