Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods

Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods

Wade Hemsworth FW06821 / FW 6821

Wade Hemsworth (1916–2002), one of Canada’s best-loved folksingers, discovered traditional song while stationed in Newfoundland during WWII. On this recording, he sings everything from Canadian versions of ancient British and Irish ballads, to French Canadian songs, to songs of the lumberjacks - a primary occupation of the North Woods. He also sings two songs he composed himself, notably his classic "The Blackfly Song," an autobiographical account of his employment on a survey crew in North Ontario while being harassed by the seriously pesky insects. The liner notes provide background information about each song, as well as the lyrics.

Year Released 1955
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1955 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Canada
Instrument(s) Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English; French
Subject(s) World music

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101 Donkey Riding Wade Hemsworth 1:36
102 The Shining Birch Tree Wade Hemsworth 2:43
103 Envoyons d'l'Avant Wade Hemsworth 1:29
104 The Jam at Gerry's Rocks Wade Hemsworth 3:31
105 Aidal O'Boy Wade Hemsworth 2:25
106 The Franklin Expedition Wade Hemsworth 1:24
201 V'la l'Bon Vent (Voila le Bon Vent) Wade Hemsworth 2:25
202 Ye Girls of Old Ontario Wade Hemsworth 2:47
203 Peter Rambeley Wade Hemsworth 1:23
204 The Bride's Lament Wade Hemsworth 2:01
205 The Bad Girl's Lament Wade Hemsworth 2:51
206 The Blackfly Song Wade Hemsworth 2:59
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