The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50640   Message #772189
Posted By: Jon Bartlett
27-Aug-02 - 04:57 AM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: RE: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion
We ran a weekly coffeehouse (the Green Cove) here in Vancouver BC in the early seventies. I met Bob Webb (who at that time was singing with Dick Owings) at the San Diego Folk Festival run by Lou Curtiss at about that time; we sang a bunch of shanties together (and I think Andy Wallace was there too). I suggested that he come up to Vancouver to sing and he did. He eventually moved here, and got married (he and I and our spouses did a big joint wedding). He wrote a scholarly book on whaling here, too, and a history of the banjo (for MIT Press, which really impressed me!). He moved back east and worked I believe in a whaling museum on the east coast. I don't know where his "Wild Boar" came from, tho I think it's the most interesting (from a musical point of view) of the versions we have here in the Ballad Collection. He's got a website site these days at