Day 6: 'Cannibal Jack' by Wellington Sea Shanty Society

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31 days in Wellington, day 6: 'Cannibal Jack' by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society (c) 2015. This song is melodious, hilarious and terrifying all at once. And what's more, it's all based on fact: Jacky Marmon, aka 'Cannibal Jack', was an infamous Pākehā Māori. He was the son of an Irish convict and was born in Sydney. In his twenties he fled a government ship in New Zealand and lived the rest of his days amongst local Maori in Hokianga. "... [I]n later years, Marmon, a short, ruddy-faced man, who invariably wore a top-hat, was the bogeyman with whom errant Hokianga children were threatened."

We think the combination of dark humour and beautiful musicianship make this track a favourite with the very youngest of audiences, which is why it's the perfect accompaniment to Children's Day, celebrating the children of Aotearoa.

31 days in Wellington is proud to feature the Wellington Sea Shanty Society as the sixth day in a series of 31 tracks by Wellington bands and musicians over March 2016.

100% of the proceeds from sales of this track go to Kaibosh (, the excellent Wellington food rescue organisation. Your download supports Wellington communities, art and music.

To hear more from the Wellington Sea Shanty Society, including both volumes of 'Now That's What I Call Sea Shanties', go to:


from 31 days in Wellington: the album, track released March 6, 2016
'Cannibal Jack' by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society (c) 2015.



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