Chart topping track ‘Wellerman’ to feature at this year’s Show

Scottish musician Nathan Evans has revealed his pride after discovering his hit ‘Wellerman’ will be part of our Journeys Show this August.

The 29-year-old shot to fame when the sea shanty went viral across TikTok in 2020 which led to a record deal and a Number 1 single in several countries.

Now it has been revealed that the famous track will form part of this year’s Tattoo performance, with His Majesty’s Royal Marines Band taking it on, alongside some traditional navy tunes and sea shanties.

"What an incredible honour to have my song featured as part of the Tattoo.

“Growing up in Scotland, I think the Tattoo is something you’re always aware of and feel that sense of pride about so to have my song included is a real pinch-me moment.

“Since I released Wellerman, things have obviously changed dramatically for me but this is the icing on the cake and I can’t wait to see the song come to life as part of the amazing performances this summer."

Nathan Evans

Journeys will run from 2-24 August and celebrate the journey of connection through music, dance, culture, and military traditions.

The Show will be the third under our brand proposition, Performance in a New Light, and will follow the successes of Voices (2022) and Stories (2023) under creative Director Michael Braithwaite. Journeys merges the traditional military elements that the Tattoo is known and loved for, with modern touches through creative projection, technology, costume design and music inspirations.

“While the Tattoo has a proud history of the very finest world-class military and civilian performances; innovation and Scottish culture have also been a core tradition of the show since its first days.

Nathan’s much-deserved success and passion for Scottish music represent everything we hold dear at the Tattoo. He has taken a 19th century sea shanty and brought it to the modern era to great acclaim. We are thrilled to be presenting Wellerman, as a feature with the Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines, our lead service, and a highlight of the journey our audience will embark upon this year.”

Michael Braithwaite Creative Director of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Over 800 international performers from far and wide, are set to showcase their epic journey. Together, they’ll express their unique cultures, through drill, music, dance and so much more.

In addition to the homegrown talents of the UK, Journeys will also host performers from the USA, India, Switzerland, Australia and Canada. With the Royal Navy as lead service, the Show will also pay homage to the seafarers that brave the oceans to bring people and cultures together.

This year’s Show will run from 2-24 August with tickets available online or by phoning 0131 225 1188.


For those unable to make this year, tickets for next year’s Show, celebrating our 75th Anniversary, will go on sale this August. Sign up to our mailing list and be first to hear when they become available.