Sharp had a very large collection of broadside ballad sheets that were printed in Manchester but did no song collecting there at all. Miss Anne Gilchrist, who lived in Southport, sent Sharp helpful information for his research into sea shanties and also sent him the Moston rushcart tune. Mattie Kay from Preston was a regular singer at his lectures and concerts.

Sharp collected the Mawdesley processional and 'stage' dances from John Southworth in 1911, as performed by schoolchildren at Keswick.