Singing postie Nathan Evans who shot to fame on TikTok by singing sea shanties admitted he hates being on boats and gets seasick.

Nathan, 26, chucked in his job with Royal Mail in the new year to make a full-time career from music and cites Ed Sheeran as an inspiration.

He now has a platinum-selling single, Wellerman, performed at TRNSMT festival, signed a deal with Polydor Records and released another single, I Told You So, back in June.

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Now, his hardback, The Book of Sea Shanties: Wellerman and Other Songs from the Seven Seas, with illustrations by Sally Taylor, will be out on October 14.

But Nathan, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, said he misses his old job as well - because it was good exercise.

Nathan said: “I don't get anywhere near enough now and, as a postie you walk everywhere. I definitely miss that.

"I actually hate the sea. Well, I don’t hate the sea, but I hate being on a boat.

“I get sea sick.

"It’s such a strange one, because loads of people have been asking me if I go out on a boat a lot.

"I’m the complete opposite of the songs."

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His whirlwind ascent to fame got him 1.4m followers on TikTok with people requesting sea shanties, which are included in his new book which also features the historical significance of the songs.

The book features 35 of his most requested sea shanty’s lyrics, from the 19th-century Wellerman - Evans’ version of which charted at number one in the UK singles chart, as well as in Austria, Germany and Switzerland - to the Drunken Sailor and Heave Away.


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He said: “A lot of people always request certain songs in comments and these are probably the most asked for.

“Lots has happened in the last nine months.

“But probably a couple of my best moments would be performing on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

"Then Brian May mentioned me online, that's got to be a highlight as well.

"And obviously getting a number one with the single and going platinum, that’s right up there.

“The plan in the future is to write some music that is more ‘me’ if that makes sense.

“On a day-to-day basis I listen to Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi and Dermot Kennedy - singer song-writery pop folk music.

"That's my usual genre”,

His new single, Ring Ding (a Scotsman’s Story) was released on October 8 followed by a UK tour in December.