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GUEST Should women sing chanties (203* d) RE: Should women sing chanties 05 May 19

Very few people actually sing shanties now in any form that were it possible those who used to work to them would recognise them. So they have lost their "soul" as it were, they are no longer what they were made for. They have become a sort of poor relation and just dumped into some sort of sub-genre "songs of the sea". That being so they are simply songs and there is no reason at all why women should not sing them. But as Jim Carroll has often said about folk music and folk clubs. Anyone putting that label to their product should bear the responsibility and duty to ensure that the punters coming through the door get what is stated on the tin. Therefore anyone specifically calling themselves a Shanty Group/Choir should sing those shanties as they were originally sung, i.e. don't label yourself as one thing and deliver another.

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