Although Cecil Sharp did collect from 37 singers in London, where, of course, he lived, he did not often look for folksongs in big cities. He might well have found a hoard of sea shanties in Bristol, if he had persevered but by the summer of 1914 he had already met John Short of Watchet and acquired a rich set of shanties for his forthcoming book 'English Folk-Chanteys' (1914). He did enjoy meeting former sailor James Tucker in Bristol, however and was able to use a few of his songs.

Bristol has a lively community choir and folk music scene today with numerous websites to explore.