In honor of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812, the Ohio Statehouse and Columbus A Capella group The Hardtackers present a musical performance of sea shanties throughout the decades. The music highlights the rhythms of many sailors hauling on the lines during the War of 1812 and since.
The Hardtackers describe themselves as "a group of old folkies who have known each other in one form or another for some years." In May of 2009, they collaborated as members of the Columbus Folk Music Society to sing shanties for the opening of the Santa Maria docked on the Scioto River in Columbus. Afterward, they continued to practice and found great enjoyment performing at various events. Members include: John Locke, John Schomburg, Andy Beyer, Chris Bolles, Fred Bailey, Rennie Beetham, and Joe Cook.