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Thread #151087   Message #3598503
Posted By: Brian Peters
05-Feb-14 - 09:13 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Hi Richie,

Yes, Joe Blackett is indeed Sharp's apparent mishearing of 'Joe Blackard', according to Mike Yates in the 'Dear Companion' book.

From Sharp's diary, Meadows of Dan, 28th August 1918:

"[Mrs Shelor] sings me 2 or 3 songs and then tells us of Joe Blackett the postman who is home for the day. We call there to find him out but arrange with his daughter to call at 4 p.m. Then on the way home see the Preacher & make an app[ointment] with him for tomorrow "evening". After lunch & a short rest go to the Blackett's and stay there a couple of hours. He sang me 7 or 8 fairly good songs and is a 'banjer-man' while I played the piano — quite a nice one — and Maud & I sang."

Mike Yates relates that Dad Blackard's grand-daughter Clarice Shelor remembered the event well over sixty years later, particularly Sharp's skill in devising harmony instantaneously on the piano.

Here's some interesting information on the Blackard family, and a clip from Youtube: Suzanna Gal