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Thread #41454   Message #3734236
Posted By: Noreen
30-Aug-15 - 03:42 PM
Thread Name: ADD/Origins: Yarmouth Town
Subject: RE: ADD/Origins: Yarmouth Town
Guest, Norfolk Dumpling: you say
Its origin could be almost any new world country.... etc.

Indeed it could, but songs normally leave a trace when they have travelled as you are suggesting, with people still singing them, or a version of them, in those places.
In this case there is no such trail. As the learned Malcolm Douglas stated above:

There's no trace of this song anywhere prior to Peter Bellamy, and all recordings of it are by revival performers, all of those deriving ultimately from Peter.

Unless you know differently?