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Thread #34323   Message #4042188
Posted By: Steve Gardham
26-Mar-20 - 09:11 AM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Will do, Phil.

However, Stan knew a lot about how the chanty was used after 1900 and was widely read. He was not however an academic (not many of us are) and he passed for the expert on the history of chanties until more enquiring people like Gibb came along. Much of his writing in SFTSS reminds one of Bert Lloyd's writing, most of it accurate, some conjecture and lots of unsourced material.

Regarding early history of music aboard ships I only have a passing interest. My forte is the histories of individual traditional songs and my interest in chanties comes from singing them and following their individual histories. As none of this relates to anything earlier than 1800 my interest in what you're doing is relatively small. However I do appreciate what you are doing, but I would guess you are not getting through to many people with these multiple quotes in foreign languages without careful explanation for the likes of Tim and me.

At the least a simple list of findings for every couple of centuries might be helpful.

For me the most exciting bit is the account in Complaynt which I've been aware of for many years.