Cecil Sharp collected songs in the Appalachian region of the U.S.A. Although the Somerset and Appalachian singers from that era may never have met, they were connected through the lineage of folk song and melody in a way that current UK and US artists are today.
Have a listen to two tunes of 'Polly Oliver.' The first one was given to Cecil by John Barnett AKA Jack Barnard from Bridgwater in 1906 and the second was given to Cecil by Mrs Mary Sands in Allanstand, North Carolina in 1916.
Jane Chapman from West Harptree in 1906 and Mrs Jane Gentry from Hot Springs, North Carolina in 1916 gave Cecil Sharp a version of 'My Mother Bid Me. '
Whilst collecting folk songs in the Appalachians, Cecil was told that some singers in Kentucky were accompanied by an instrument called the dulcimer. He described it as being a shallow box with four round holes like a flat elongated violin. Amanda and John Shaw create a lovely combination of Somerset folk songs with the Appalachian mountain dulcimer for your pleasure.