History and growth of the choir
members (three women and nine men) of Husum's Sailor Association united in 1979,
to rehears a few songs for a sailor dance in spring 1980.
The press wrote: "... The association's own choir - specially founded for this dance - provided a maritime excursion."
The first performance at the sailor dance 1980
The success of this first performance animated the singers to continue. This is how the today 40 active singers counting Husumer Shanty-Chor, which would be dearly missed in the local musical range, came to be.
The choir made it its duty to detect and cultivate old maritime songs (shanties and sailor songs). Next to the circa 40 public and private performances per year, as well as several radio and TV recordings, the choir performed repeatedly on charity events. Furthermore it was invited to the centennial jubilee of the "SS Rickmer Rickmers" in Hamburg in 1997, to the Shanty-Choir-Gala in Travemünde and took again part at the Rickmer Rickmers-Meeting in 1998.
First attempts to find a standardized uniform
The Husumer Shanty-Choir in its standardized uniform