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NbptErnie Origins: Songs from 'The Gloucestermen' (15) Origins: Songs from 'The Gloucestermen' 18 Jan 11


I'm looking for the writer of two songs from a PBS documentary that aired in the 1970's time frame called "The Gloucestermen". As it was aired by WGBH, and as it was narrated in great part by Gloucester historian Joe Garland, I suspect the show was created in the Greater Boston area, probably by WGBH, channel 2.

The two songs that I am interested in would seem to be titled "The Nannie C. Bohlin" (a song about a Gloucesterman of the same name, built in down town Gloucester in the late 1800's, and known for her speed), and "Old Rummy" (a neat song about a sea-going dog who knew when to stay home).

I have been singing these songs in a variety of venues for some years now, and would like to know who to credit with their creations. I have searched for archives at WGBH, with no luck, and have tried to contact Joe Garland and others who may have been involved with the production, with no luck (perhaps my sleuthing skills are not up to the task).

I've been able to trace some of the phrases used in The Nannie to some other sea songs of old, so I guess at least that song may have grown out of others, but I'd still like to know who put them together as aired in the documentary.

I have the audio portion of the show recorded on an old reel to reel recorder, so have good access to all but the credits. I would appreciate any knowledge in that direction. There are one or two other songs from the same show that I haven't attempted yet, but if you know the source for them (an introductory song that would make a great startup song for a shanty sing, one that may be titled "The Man at Halfway Rock", and one that sings of "wheels of fire" that rise out of the sea at Gloucester: indicators of ships and sailors who would not be returning), I'd appreciate that knowledge as well.

Ernie


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