Songs of French Canada

Songs of French Canada

Various Artists FW04482 / FE 4482

Early French settlers in North America brought with them folk traditions that survived here longer than in France—a pattern repeated among many groups. A quote from the liner notes describes the French Canadian phenomenon beautifully: "One feels that this music, which originated in our land long ago, has been saved all the while as if under a protective blanket of snow." Most of the songs and dances were collected in the field from three counties of the lower St. Lawrence and in the Laurentian hills north of Montreal; one was recorded by Folkways founder Moses Asch in New York City.

Liner notes include an introduction to French Canadian folk songs and lyrics in French and English.

Year Released 1957
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1957 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Canada
Culture Group(s) French Canadian
Instrument(s) Fiddle; Harmonica; Spoons (Musical instrument)
Language(s) French
Subject(s) Folksong revival

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101 Le Miracle du Nouveau-Ne n/a 1:40
102 Bidou n/a 1:32
103 Prince Eugene n/a 1:10
104 Petit Peu d'Amour Mesdames, Un n/a 0:48
105 Ram'nez Vos Moutons n/a 1:04
106 Galop de la Malbaie n/a 1:20
107 Royal David n/a 1:33
108 Belle, Tu N'as Plus d'Amitie pour Moi n/a 1:52
109 The Brandy (Jig) n/a 1:44
110 J'Ai Fait une Maitresse n/a 2:55
111 Corbleur, Sambleur, Marion n/a 0:58
112 Du Long de la Mer Jolie n/a 0:50
113 Derrierr Chez-Nous Yat Un Champ de Pois n/a 1:20
114 Fiddle Dance n/a 3:03
201 Son Voile Qui Volait n/a 1:51
202 Chanson de Mesonges n/a 2:03
203 Tous les Gens du Plaisir n/a 1:28
204 Je Suis Amoureux n/a 2:53
205 Reel with Harmonica and Spoons n/a 1:17
206 C'Etait une Vieille Salope n/a 1:35
207 Pis Ote-Toe Donc n/a 1:33
208 Reel with Harmonica and Spoons n/a 1:29
209 Le Mariage Anglais n/a 2:17
210 Le Passion de Jesus-Christ n/a 4:59
211 Je M'ai Fait une Jolie Maitresse n/a 2:18
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