Earth Shanties - An Evening with Gaia and the London Sea Shanty Collective

Gaia Music

Southwark Cathedral welcomes The London Sea Shanty Collective for an evening concert under artist Luke Jerram's beautiful installation Gaia


Join us at Southwark Cathedral for an evening of sea shanties performed underneath Luke Jerram's stunning Gaia installation.

Be ready to sing along heartily and join in with the actions as The London Sea Shanty Collective take you on a journey across the oceans and around the world.

Receive a complementary bottle of beer supplied by our neighbours at the Southwark Breweing Company or soft drink on arrival, feel free to wander the Cathedral or sit under Gaia and appreciate not just the glorious sound of the shanties but also the beauty of our wonderful home planet, Earth.

There are two time-slots for this evening each an hour long. You can join us between 7pm - 8pm or 8.30pm - 9.30pm and a bar will be open selling craft beer and soft drinks in case you require a top-up.

The London Sea Shanty Collective were founded in 2017, though a good number of them have been singing together for far longer. They write and adapt maritime songs, sometimes with a contemporary twist. As well as English they sing in French, Swedish, Breton, Welsh and Cornish and have performed in such venues as the British Library, British Museum and Mycenae House in London, and at festivals from Harwich to Hull to County Cork.

The London Sea Shanty Collective meet in Dalston, London, each week. They are a no-audition community choir, open to all and made up of a mix of women and men of all ages from around the world, committed to social justice and equality

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface* the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.

The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.