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Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
25-Mar-20 - 06:23 AM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Gibb: The proto-chanty, as in Hugill's foreword or the second half of the wiki intro, is multi-lingual; multi-task and pre-historic.

If English lyrics are a chanty requirement, nothing else matters if: English=no. The more mandatory requirements, the tighter the niche.

English, 19th century, merchant marine are the biggies. Consensus rolls off pretty quick after that. Fiddles, fifes, rowing, stevedoring &c in or out? Depends.

Hard to come by as an industry 'standard' halyard.