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beachcomber sea shanties (110* d) RE: sea shanties 27 Jul 02

Barry Finn, you never did post the words of that neck tingling "shanty" that goes "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest etc." It thrilled me beyond words when I first heard it back about 1953 or 4 in the Film of "Treasure Island" . Please do! Mathew I was sure some other recordings of Sea songs and shantys would eventually be mentioned but have seen no mention of some I bought at Cecil Sharpe House back in the 60s. One had A.Llyod , Louis Killen (who played the sailor's favoured concertina) and Ian Campbell among others. I also did not see any reference to the great Cyril Tawney who used to sing in the 50s with a group calling themselves "The Loo Shantymen" (Loo being a town in the Southwest of England I believe and nothing to do with showers and singing in them) I remember their magnificent rendering of "Spanish Ladies"...We'll rant and we'll roar like true British sailors etc., etc.." Your book sounds like a good'un, best of luck with it, postumously or otherwise.


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