Songs from the Out-Ports of Newfoundland

Songs from the Out-Ports of Newfoundland

Various Artists FW04075 / FE 4075

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.

Year Released 1966
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Canada
Culture Group(s) British-Canadian
Subject(s) Animals; Ballads; Courtship; Disasters; Drinking songs; Foc'sle; Folksong revival; Love songs; Maritime; Marriage; Military music; Murder; Music--Juvenile; Narratives; Sea songs; Supernatural; Tragic songs; Wit and humor; World music

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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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