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Songs from the Out-Ports of Newfoundland

Various Artists
Songs from the Out-Ports of Newfoundland

Most of the songs on this record are from the "out-ports" of the Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland, settled by Irish immigrants during the Great Famine. Folklorist MacEdward Leach describes this record as "a sampling of what one would hear sitting in an out-port kitchen after supper was cleared away. The neighbors would drift in, ease themselves on the benches around the walls, get pipes going, discuss all the events of the day -- the state of the weather, the luck with the fish." A few of the songs, sung a cappella, may be familiar to modern audiences, such as "The Farmyard," a forerunner to the children's classic, "Old MacDonald Has a Farm."

Liner notes include song lyrics and notes on songs.

Track Listing

101
Rolling Home Morris Houlihan 4:20
102
The Lass of Glenshee Mrs. T. Ghaney 3:39
103
The Farmyard John Curtis 4:15
104
The Murder of Ann O'Brien Theresa White 6:22
105
Lovely Nancy Jim Molloy 4:30
106
The Derby Ram Cyril O'Brien 2:09
107
The Nightingale Mike Kent 2:23
201
The Story of the Sealing Vessel Pat Maher 2:55
202
The Ghostly Fishermen Morris Houlihan 5:40
203
The Lost Jimmie Whalen Mary Dumphy 3:58
204
Franklin Alphonse Sutton 6:26
205
The Tree Mike Kent 2:15
206
Finnegan's Wake, Version 1 Jack Swain 2:11
207
Finnegan's Wake, Version 2 Jack Swain 3:25

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