The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18455   Message #667233
Posted By: Dave Bryant
11-Mar-02 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Farewell Shanty (Mervyn Vincent)
Subject: RE: Farewell Shanty - When was it written?
I knew Mervyn quite well - in fact it was I who gave Dick the attribution for his DT version. Noreen's Husband's account exactly accords with what Merv told me.

I can remember some wonderful evenings both at "The Stable Loft" (I used to get an annual booking - the week before Sidmouth) and also at "The Ring 'o Bells" at St Issey, just over the road from where Merv used to live. Mervyn liked everyone to join in choruses and was known as "The old Bugger" partly because of his admonishments to "Sing you buggers, sing !"