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Thread #18455 Message #183266
Posted By: GUEST,Peter Billinge
23-Feb-00 - 06:55 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Farewell Shanty (Mervyn Vincent)
Subject: RE: Farewell Shanty - When was it written?
Mervyn Vincent died some years ago. He lived near Padstow in Cornwall and the song is sometimes known as the Padstow Shanty. He was highly regarded by 'folkies' as an ambassador for folk music and sang regularly throughout Britain. I do not know whether Mervyn wrote the song or whether it pre-dates him or not but I suspect it might.