Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie
performing Anglo-American Music
November 12, 1939
Sound recordings: In English.
Manuscripts: In English.
Comprises a group of field materials documenting Captain Leighton
Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, and others
performing unaccompanied Anglo-American sea songs and shanties on November 12,
1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Belvedere, California.
Alex Barr performing alone:
Captain Leighton Robinson with Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, and others:
Textual and melodic transcriptions:
Biographical and historical notes:
"Recording of these shanties was difficult because of the limitations of the
microphone and the singers' shy desire to huddle together. So the
contrast in volume was levelled out by building up the volume as the
shantymen sang and reducing it while the chorus came in. The men
moved about and also moved their heads, so the recording is very
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