In the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the history of maritime and shipping is abundant. The beautiful waterfront has been a major port for ships and boats for almost 400 years — in fact, the city is home to the first Naval shipping yard in the United States.
As the third oldest city in the country, residents have a lot of pride for their history and culture. The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival was established in 1999 as a way of sharing these stories throughout the community. As stated on their website, their aim is to use the downtown Portsmouth area for performing folk music and storytelling of the city’s maritime history.
One performance by David Coffin in 2010 has been blowing people away ever since. After a video of his singing was posted on YouTube it went on to receive almost 2.5 million views — and it doesn’t take long to figure out why everyone is so impressed.
As the video begins David steps into the center of a crowd and quite literally jumps into belting out “Roll the Old Chariot.”
Before too much time has passed, the crowd joins in with a harmony that’s almost haunting — immediately conveying the imagery of sailors working together on the deck of a ship as they sing this old sea shanty.
Watch this incredible performance and be sure to share it with a friend!