The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #135160 Message #3695284
Posted By: Steve Gardham
19-Mar-15 - 11:36 AM
Thread Name: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
Subject: RE: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
One major reason why some ballads like 'Dark-eyed Sailor' 'Villikins' nearly always have the same tune is that they probably came from some stage production and were so immediately popular and spread so rapidly that everyone knew the tune. Lesser-known pieces are more likely to have a wider range of tunes.