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The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports
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In 1951, musician Kenneth Peacock (1922–2000) secured a contract from the National Museum of Canada (today the Canadian Museum of History) to collect folksongs in Newfoundland. As the province had recently joined Confederation, the project was deemed a goodwill gesture, while at the same time adding to the Museum’s meager Anglophone archival collections. Between 1951 and 1961, over the course of six field visits, Peacock collected 766 songs and melodies from 118 singers in 38 communities, later publishing two-thirds of this material in a three-volume collection, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports (1965). As the publication consists of over 1000 pages, Outports is considered to be a bible for Newfoundland singers and a valuable resource for researchers. However, Peacock’s treatment of the material by way of tune-text collations, use of lines and stanzas from unpublished songs has always been somewhat controversial. Additionally, comparison of the field collection with Outports indicates that although Peacock acquired a range of material, his personal preferences requently guided his publishing agenda. To ensure that the songs closely correspond to what the singers presented to Peacock, the collection has been prepared by drawing on Peacock’s original music and textual notes and his original field recordings. The collection is far-ranging and eclectic in that it includes British and American broadsides, musical hall and vaudeville material alongside country and western songs, and local compositions. It also highlights the influence of popular media on the Newfoundland song tradition and contextualizes a number of locally composed songs. In this sense, it provides a key link between what Peacock actually recorded and the material he eventually published. As several of the songs have not previously appeared in the standard Newfoundland collections, The Forgotten Songs sheds new light on the extent of Peacock’s collecting. The collection includes 125 songs arranged under 113 titles along with extensive notes on the songs, and brief biographies of the 58 singers. Thanks to the Research Centre for the Study of Music Media and Place, a video of the launch event, held in St.John's, Newfoundland, is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghj6E6-QiLI&t=21s.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Abstract
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  1. Résumé
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. The Forgotten Songs Of the Newfoundland Outports Taken From Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951–1961
  1. Angelina Brown
  2. pp. 19-21
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  1. Anna Gray
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. Annie Dear I’m Called Away
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. As Susan Strayed the Briny Beach (Susan Strayed the Briny Beach)
  2. pp. 28-33
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  1. Bad Companions/Bad Company (Young Companions)
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  1. The Banks of Sweet Dundee (or Undaunted Mary)
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  1. The Banks of Sweet Tralee (An Answer to Undaunted Mary)
  2. pp. 42-46
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  1. The Bellburns Tragedy
  2. pp. 47-49
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  1. The Best of Friends Must Part
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. The Best Thing in Life
  2. pp. 52-54
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  1. The Big Roaring Fire (A Good Roaring Fire; A Tidy Smilin’ Wife)
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  1. The Black Devil (Three Jolly Jack Tars; The Black Cook)
  2. pp. 58-61
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  1. The Black Sheep
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. The Bold Tinker (Daniel O’Connell)
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  1. Bonavista Harbour
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  1. The Boston Burglar
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  1. The Boy That Wore the Blue (The Soldier’s Letter)
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  1. The Brave Engineer (The Wreck of Number Nine)
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  1. Bright Phoebe
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  1. Burgeo Jail
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  1. Coaker’s Dream
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  1. The Coat ThatWas Buttoned Behind (An Irishman’s Coat It Is Buttoned Before)
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  1. Concerning One Spring in Bonay
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  1. The Cow Puncher’s Lament (When the Work’s All Done This Fall)
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  1. Currant Island Wedding
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  1. The Dance at Daniel’s Harbour
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  1. Daniel Sullivan
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  1. The Dark-Eyed Sailor
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  1. Doctor Fletcher (Dr. Pritchard)
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  1. The Dying Soldier
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  1. Erin’s Lovely Home (Seven Links upon My Chain)
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  1. Fair Fanny Moore
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  1. The Faithful Sailor Boy
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  1. The Farmer’s Boy
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  1. Fifteen Years Ago
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  1. Five-Boss Highway
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  1. Frozen Charlotte (Young Charlotte)
  2. pp. 136-138
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  1. The Gay Spanish Maid
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. Give an Honest Irish Lad a Chance (The Honest Irish Lad)
  2. pp. 142-145
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  1. Gold Is the Root of Evil (You Rambling Boys of Pleasure)
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. Goodbye John, But Don’t Stop Long
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  1. Grief Is a Knot (False Willie)
  2. pp. 153-155
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  1. The Grounding of the Cabot Strait
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  1. Harry Dunn (The Hanging Limb)
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  1. H’emmer Jane
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  1. Henry Connors
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  1. Highway Song (Employment Song)
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  1. The High Road to St. Paul’s
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  1. The Hills of Glenshee (The Lass of Glenshee)
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  1. Hitler’s Song (sung to the tune of the “Squid Jiggin’ Ground”)
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  1. The Hole in the Wall
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  1. I Once Knew a Man (S-a-v-e-d; I’m Saved)
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  1. I’m Bound Away for Canada (My Dear I’m Bound for Canaday)
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  1. In Bright and Bonny Scotland (The Paisley Officer)
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  1. In the Shadows of the Pines
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  1. The I.W.A. Strike
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  1. Jack and Joe (Give My Love to Nell)
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  1. The Jacket So Blue (Bonnet So Blue)
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  1. James McGee (James MaGee)
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  1. Jim O’Lynn
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  1. John Mitchell (Mitchell’s Address)
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  1. John Yetman
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  1. The Kaiser’s Dream
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  1. Kelly and the Ghost (Maurice Kelly)
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  1. Kenneth Shephard
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  1. A Lad and a Lass (No Sign of Marriage)
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  1. The Little Harbour Bargain Store
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  1. Lonely Since My Mother Died
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  1. The Loss of the Atlantic
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  1. The Loss of the Caribou
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  1. The Loss of the Schooner Arabelle
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  1. Love’s Not Like It Used to Be
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  1. The Lovely Cottage Maid (The Cottage Maid)
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  1. Lovely Mary Ann (Blooming Mary Ann)
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  1. The Maid of the Mountain Brow (At the Foot of the Mountain Brow)
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  1. Mickey Milligan’s Pup (Brannigan’s Pup)
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  1. The Mine at Baie Verte
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  1. Molly Bawn (Mary Bawn or Boating on Lough Ree)
  2. pp. 266-268
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  1. Morrissey and the Black
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  1. The Mountains of Mourne (Mountains o’ Mourne)
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  1. My Bonny Irish Boy (Bonny Irish Boy)
  2. pp. 275-279
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  1. My Father’s Old Sou’wester
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  1. My Little English Home across the Sea
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  1. Nancy of London (Nancy from Yarmouth)
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  1. On the Deck of the Willow Green (Faithful Edgar)
  2. pp. 288-290
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  1. The Orangemen of Cadiz
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. Our Boys Gave Up Squiddin’ (sung to the tune of the “Squid Jiggin’ Ground”)
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Paddy and the Three English Plagues (Three English Rovers)
  2. pp. 297-299
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  1. Pats O’Brien
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  1. Patrick Power
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  1. Peter Emberley (Peter Hembly; Peter Amberley)
  2. pp. 306-308
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  1. The Prince and the Orphan (The Orphan Girl)
  2. pp. 309-311
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  1. The Prison(er) of Newfoundland
  2. pp. 312-314
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  1. The Rose in June
  2. pp. 315-319
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  1. The Roving Newfoundlanders
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  1. Save Your Money When You’re Young
  2. pp. 323-324
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  1. The Scolding Wife
  2. pp. 325-327
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  1. The Search of the Thomas J.
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  1. The Ship That Never Came (The Gentle Boy)
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  1. The Six Horsepower Coaker
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  1. Skipper George Whitely
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  1. The Soldier’s Letter
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  1. Someone Has Been There Before
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  1. The Southern Shore Queen
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  1. The Spanish Lass (TheYoung Spanish Lass;The Indian Lass)
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  1. The Spanish Main (I Was Just Sixteen)
  2. pp. 349-353
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  1. Ten Weary Years (The Miner’s Dream of Home)
  2. pp. 354-356
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  1. There Lived an Old Woman in Dover (Eggs and Marrow Bones)
  2. pp. 357-359
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  1. Thomas and Molly (Thomas and Nancy)
  2. pp. 360-362
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  1. Timber for the Bridge at St. Paul’s
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  1. When We Were Sweet Sixteen (Now I’m Sixty-Four)
  2. pp. 365-366
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  1. Woman’s the Joy and the Pride of the Land
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  1. The Wreck of the Ethie
  2. pp. 370-372
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  1. The Wreck of the Green Rocks
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  1. The Wreck of the Old Spike (The Wreck of the Semmity)
  2. pp. 375-378
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  1. Young Ettie
  2. pp. 379-382
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  1. The Singers: Biographical Sketches
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index of First Lines
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  1. Back Cover
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