The HardTackers are a shanty crew based in Columbus, Ohio. We sing songs about seas, lakes, rivers, canals--anything wet.
People sometimes ask, "Columbus, Ohio...what sea is that on?" We reply, "The wind may be from the prairie, but the music is from the water." We point out that Ohio has a long and proud tradition of water transportation, and is the only state whose State Flag is a burgee.
We were the official Shanty Crew of the Santa Maria, a full-size replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship that was docked on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.
While neither Cavaliers nor Roundheads, The HardTackers have been known to enjoy a pint and a rousing shanty at the Pub, right under the nose of King Charles I, whose extravagance and tendency to lose his head interfered with his effectiveness as king. He did, however, inspire an extremely cute breed of dogs.