Producers: Ursula Kelly and Meghan Forsyth.
In 2018, Ursula A. Kelly and Meghan C. Forsyth published the most comprehensive collection of songs and stories from the logging industry ever compiled in this province in their book, The Music of Our Burnished Axes. This album features 21 songs from the book performed by artists from throughout the province.
With your purchase of the All Tracks download option or a hard copy mail order of this CD comes a 40% discount on the book from Memorial University Press (MUP). Find out more here:
Mentioned in Song: Song Traditions of the Loggers of Newfoundland and Labrador (2014) is the first audio compilation of songs about lumbering, logging, and woods work in this province. The CD includes 23 archival recordings and four new arrangements, representing diverse cultural communities and regions. The accompanying 90-page booklet explores the place of song in logging culture. Mentioned in Song presents a compelling account of the collective identity, cultural practices, and musical traditions of this distinct occupational group.
Mentioned in Song is produced by Dr. Ursula Kelly for the Back on Track series.
Praise for Mentioned in Song
“Shines light on expressive culture related to an important industry in the province, while also demonstrating the living nature of folksinging traditions.”—Ethnologies
“An invaluable contribution to the documentation of North American woods traditions.”—Journal of American Folklore
Doughboys and Molasses, Oh! Traditional Songs from the Gros MorneRegion offers listeners a new perspective on the musical heritage of this distinctive area of Newfoundland’s west coast. The disc features 23 carefully restored tracks originally recorded from local singers by folk song researchers in the mid-twentieth century. Also included are four new performances specially commissioned for this compilation.
The accompanying booklet explores the stories of the songs, the singers, and the collectors, as well as the role of singing in family and community life.
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Welta’q – “It Sounds Good”: Historic Recordings of the Mi’kmaq(2009) features:
• 24 tracks showcasing the vibrant musical life of the Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Québec
• traditional Mi’kmaw songs; songs by the first Mi’kmaw powwow drum group; fiddle tunes and folksongs; hymns and anthems; a lullaby; and the story of Mi’kmwesu, the flute-playing trickster
• important archival recordings from institutions across Canada and field recordings from private research collections
• artwork by Mi’kmaw artist Jerry Evans
• 60-page accompanying booklet with textual and musical transcriptions of the songs; translations of Mi’kmaw texts; extensive notes contextualizing each selection; and discussion of Mi’kmaw musical instruments and dance styles
This page is for single songs that haven’t been previously released on CD. Watch for more of them to appear on this site, especially while we can no longer participate in live performance events. The songs and accompanying notes are listed below. Thanks to my brother Ray and sister-in-law Valda for the photos of their jukebox.
This multi-media project features over 50 musicians and songwriters from all over Newfoundland and Labrador, whose songs cover the gamut of work-related experience from the traditional sea-faring, fishing and lumbering trades to the modern industrial oil and mineral sectors, and all manner of work and labour activity in between. Accompanied by extensive liner notes and a variety of archival photographs, you'll find traditional and contemporary songs representing the population and linguistic diversity of the province, including those from Innu, Inuit and MiqMa'q communities, French-speaking western Newfoundland, and a Gaelic song from the Codroy Valley.
The cover photograph comes from the NLFL photo archive and was taken by Greg Locke. The identities of the women were unknown to us at the time of printing, but have since been revealed as (l-r) Stella Follett, Hazel Savoury, Elsie Marsh and Daphne Grandy.
Don Bursey, button accordion; Bill Ivany, acoustic guitar, harmony vocals, lead vocal on Drunken Miners; George Ivany, organ and harmony vocal on Drunken Miners; Gerald Ivany, electric bass and harmony vocal on Drunken Miners; Kitty Ivany, harmony vocal on Drunken Miners; Sandy Ivany, lead vocals; Angus Lane, monologist on Christmas of ‘49 and vocal on Solidarity Forever; Harold Skanes, mandolin and vocal on Solidarity Forever; Len Skanes, acoustic guitar and vocal on Solidarity Forever.
Shore to Shore: From the West Country to the New Founde Lande came out of a collaboration between SingSong Inc and Wren Music of Devon, England, that started in 1983 and continues to this day. Many traditional Newfoundland and Labrador ballads came here with early settlers from the three West Country counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset, from where some 60% of Newfoundland settlers originated. This recording was done in 2010 as a special project to commemmorate the 400th anniversary of John Guy's colony at Cupids, NL, the oldest English settlement in Canada.
Ahâk! Ahâk! Moravian Music of the Labrador Inuit (2018) is an anthology of archival recordings by Labrador Inuit choirs, bands, and musicians spanning seventy years of this unique musical tradition. The CD includes newly remastered performances from the 1971 LP Nain Eskimo Choir along with numerous recordings from archival and private collections. Also included is a richly illustrated sixty-page booklet on the Moravian musical traditions of Inuit Labrador.
The Nain Brass Band and the Nain Moravian Church Choir are MusicNL's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners