Storm Weather Shanty Choir was established in october 2000 by shantyman Haakon Vatle. The background for this music he has from the Norwegian tall ship “SS Statsraad Lehmkuhl”, where he worked for many seasons. In addition he has done music studies with shanties as main topics, and has a living interest in maritime history and culture of tall ships and shanties. The choir count six  crewmembers, all of them with a broad musical background. To this day they have released five cds and played around 400 concerts in Norway, USA, England, Switzerland, Japan, Holland, Poland, Germany and Sweden.

The  mission and main directive of Storm Weather Shanty Choir is to bring forth a forgotten song tradition. At the same time we wish to give our audience, and ourselves, a lot of fun. With the old true sailors in mind, we try to interpret the shanties with all the power, humour and respect they deserve. As our name reflects. We sing with all the power and soul we think they did onboard the sailing ships in the old days!

Here is  a short presentation of the choir members:

Håkon Vatle (shantyman)

haakonTallship sailor with a masters degree in shanties and a great passion for maritime history and culture, guitarist. Has visited Bermuda!

Ronny Sætre (baryton)


Teacher, diver, guitarist, a master of finger doll acting.

Rune Nesse (bass)

runeDrummer & drum teacher with a great passion for death metal and brass bands!

Vidar Vedå (bass)

vidarEngineer, passionate collector of sunglasses, mountain climber, singer-songwriter





Roald Kaldestad (lyrical tenor)

roaldFather of three, musician, childrens book author, with an honours degree in arts-history. Has been fourty minutes from Bermuda!!

Gisle Østrem (lyrical tenor)

gisleResponsible for the ICT solutions in the municipality of Stord, «taskenplayer», sound engineer, bass player and Beatles fan. Owns a pair of bermuda shorts.


Ramsalt rotbløyte med ein dash sushi

Storm Weather Shanty Choir overtydde til dei grader då dei torsdag kveld gjekk på scenen under Vikedal Roots Music Festival, og viste at dei kan meir enn å drøyma om bøljan blå. Med kjende shantyar som «Cape Cod Girls», «Swansea Town» og sjølvsagt «What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor», stod stemninga høgt under teltduken. Det er tydeleg at gutane i StormWeather Shanty Choir kan kunstane sine – og veit kva dei skal gjera for å fengja tilhøyrarane sine. Dette er kunst på høgt plan. Lars-Toralf Storstrand, Karmsund Avis, 12. juli 2012

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