Audio slideshow: Sea Shanty Festival

Before intercontinental flight and communication, sailors and their ships were the only way for music to span the oceans. Their perilous journeys and infamous ports led to many developments in musical culture.

A project from the Open University and the University of Liverpool - Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns - is investigating the role of music in this history of cross-cultural encounters.

Here, at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Catherine Tackley and Graeme Milne reflect on how the ocean has shaped our musical heritage.

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Recorded, photographed and produced by Matthew Knight.

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