Sharp didn’t get down to Cornwall to look for folksongs until 1913, which is a pity because he found some good carol tunes there but had already published his book ‘English Folk-Carols’ in 1911. In May 1913 he attended the Helston Furry Dance event and then spent a week collecting in West Cornwall. He was lucky enough to meet Jim Thomas of Camborne, a prolific singer. Sharp returned to Cornwall in July 1914 to pick up some sea shanties – just in time for his book ‘English Folk-Chanteys’ (1914).

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Sharp travelled by train and then bicycle. The rail network then looked like this: