Rhomylly Posted March 29, 2004 Share Posted March 29, 2004 Hey all, I've gotten a gig as a street vendor in one of the historic touristy towns on the Missouri River. I'd already thought to bring along my concertina when I sit my table, play, and hopefully play not-awful enough to draw people to my table -- as opposed to making them run screaming My "spot" is literally 3 blocks from the river, so I'm hoping for a lot of tourist traffic. So yesterday I got this brainstorm to play shanties and other stuff that would have been sung by the workers on the boats. Kinda adding to the "local color" and all that. My local consultant suggested anything by Stephen Foster and not much else (he's not a shanty singer). I will certainly follow this lead, although I expect it to be rather slim. I mean, once you cut out all the racist material...there ain't much left of Stephen Foster. And most, if not all of the shanties I know are probably British or at least New England whaling ship songs. (almost typed "whaler" and then realized that didn't look too good) Help! Anyone know of any American shanties that made it at least as far as the Ohio River? (on the assumption that if they made it that far they likely made it to the Mississippi and Missouri) Or good sources to check for same? Thanks much Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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