Bristol

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 enjoyed meeting James Turner in Bristol and was able to use a few of his songs.