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Discover, explore & remember the traditions of Newfoundland’s Cape Shore.

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Listen to songs, music & stories. View photos of the people & places. Meet the singers & musicians from Ship Cove, Patrick’s Cove, St Bride’s, and Branch. This interactive map of the Cape Shore is a great way to start navigating your way around the outports of this short stretch of Newfoundland’s coastline.

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Patsy Judge and friends on stage at the 1978 Newfoundland Folk Festival / Len Penton, photographer

Patsy Judge and friends on stage at the 1978 Newfoundland Folk Festival / Len Penton, photographer

Patsy Judge on stage with two other musicians at the 1978 Newfoundland Folk Festival. Left to right: Andy Samuelson, Patsy Judge, and Bill Bowman.

Portrait of Henry Campbell of Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara 

Portrait of Henry Campbell of Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara 

Henry Campbell, ca. 1975.

The cottage by the sea

Jack Mooney

The cottage by the sea / Jack Mooney

The cottage by the sea, song (To a little seaside village came a youth one summer's day …) Jack Mooney learned this song from his mother, Esther (Careen) Mooney, who was originally from Point Lance, Newfoundland. This song tells the story of a young man who visits a seaside village. He engages in what he thinks is a harmless flirtation with a local woman, leaving her at the end of the summer. He returns a year later when he realises that he loves her, but discovers that she has died of a broken heart.  This song was recorded as “Just goodbye I am going home,” by American old-time singer-songwriter Roy Harvey on 9 September 1930 (Columbia 15609-D). 

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Fain Waterloo

Caroline Brennan

Fain Waterloo / Caroline Brennan

Fain Waterloo, song (It happened to be on a fine dewy morning …) This song tells the story of a soldier reuniting with his sweetheart. He tests her fidelity by leading her to believe that he died at the Battle of Waterloo. When she proves herself true, he reveals that he is her sweetheart by showing her the broken token that they shared.  Versions of this song are quite common in eastern Canada, including Newfoundland. Kenneth Peacock published a version in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3 (1965:1014–1015), as did Greenleaf and Mansfield in The Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland (1933:172–173), under the title “The plains of Waterloo.”

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Aidan and Joyce O'Hara performing at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, 1978 / Len Penton, photographer

Aidan and Joyce O'Hara performing at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, 1978 / Len Penton, photographer

Aidan O'Hara plays the guitar while Joyce O'Hara sings. Their three sons play in front of the stage (Conor, Brian, and Sean). Several singers and musicians sit at the back of the stage (left to right): John Joe English, Anita Best, Caroline Brennan, John ‘Skinny’ White, Joe Byrne, Pius Power Snr, Pius Power Jnr.

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