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Thread #102326   Message #3107917
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
06-Mar-11 - 02:21 AM
Thread Name: Sailors' Songs or Chanties- Songbook Index
Subject: RE: Sailors' Songs or Chanties- Songbook Index
There are a few collections/articles about chanties from the early 20th century that I'd like to review, but have not yet obtained. Would anyone like to share information about the contents of the following?:

1. 1904        Bradford, John and Arthur Fagge. _Old Sea Chanties._ London: Metzler & Co.

A small collection of just 17 pages. I believe it contains at least the following chanties, which were recorded ca. 1905 by the Minster Singers (see the thread on "Earliest Commercial Shanty Recordings"):

"Blow, My Bully Boys"
"Sally Brown"
"Whisky Johnny"
"Shenandoah"
"Rio Grande"
"Blow the Man Down."

I believe this was the first collection BTW to use the somewhat awkward phrase "sea chanties."

2. 1905 ??. "Some deep sea chanties." _Saturday Evening Post_ (2 Sept 1905).

3. 1905 ??. (Article on chanties). _Manchester Guardian_ (16 Aug. 1905).

4. 1906        Bernard, D.H. "Sea Songs and Chanties." _The Nautical Magazine_ 75.

5. 1909        Williams, J.H. "The Sailors' 'Chanties'." _The Independent_ (8 July 1909):76-83.

6. 1915        Derby, Thomas. "Sailors' Chanties or Working Songs of the Sea." _Manchester Quarterly_ 34: 285-302.

7. 1917        Brown, R. Curtis. "Sailors' Shanties." _The Nautical Magazine_ 97: 294-9.

I believe some of the above articles had their chanties harvested by authors of the better-known collections, so it would be instructive to see them.