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GUEST,Phil d'Conch Whalers and chanteys? (8) RE: Whalers and chanteys? 22 Jun 21


FYI: The 'other' forum is in chronological order beginning c.300BC, albiet disjointed of late. It's up to the century mark in posts yet still dawdling in the 16th century AD. Huntington is 21st century. I don't know the we'll ever make it that far.

A lot of your findings will depend on your specific definition of the (sub)genre.

Gibb: I have sung the St. Vincent/Grenadines "whalers" version of "Shenandoah" -- which I know from hearing the whalers sing it themselves -- while rowing a whaleboat. 'Shenandoah' rhythm/meter

There are also a few small boat examples in the Bahamian Deep River of Song catalog IIRC, though I don't know as I would mark them down as work songs myself. More for the tourist and fun.

I was a bit suprised the North American Basque whaling fleets turned up nothing in the other forum so far. They sailed by the tens and hundreds of thousands per season but nada song... so far.


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