The HardTackers

Andy Beyer, John Schomburg, John Locke, Larry Drake, Joe Cook, Rennie Beetham
The HardTackers are a Sea 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 founded in 2009 as 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.

Since that time, we have performed before thousands of people in the U.S. and Canada at events ranging from intimate house concerts to major Tall Ships and music festivals. We have released two CD's of our music (Authentic Shanties in 2011 and Don't Forget Your Old Shipmates in 2013). We are eagerly awaiting the release of a DVD Video of a live concert we did in conjunction with the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, PA in September, 2014.

Some Places We've Performed:

  • Ashville Viking Festival, Ashville, OH
  • Central Ohio Folk Festival, Columbus, OH
  • Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago, IL
  • Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH
  • Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH
  • Celebrate Barrie, Barrie, ON Canada
  • Redpath Waterfront Festival, Toronto, ON Canada
  • The War of 1812 in Algoma, Sault Sainte Marie, ON Canada
  • Santa Maria "Pirate Day' and "Haunted Ship"
  • WYSO Radio, Yellow Springs, OH, "The Dear Green Place"
  • Arts on Erie, Put-In Bay, OH
  • Bay City, MI Tall Ships Celebration, Bay City, MI

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