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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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Untitled singles

Gerald Campbell, accordion

Untitled singles / Gerald Campbell, accordion

Three singles. Singles are a tune type that is specific to Newfoundland dance music. They are similar to an Irish polka, but played at a faster tempo and with a heavy accent at the beginning of each bar.

Bells of Shandon

Ellen Emma Power

Bells of Shandon / Ellen Emma Power

Bells of Shandon, song (With deep affection and recollection, I often think on those Shandon Bells …) This song was composed by the Rev Francis Mahoney (Father Prout, 1804–1866). In this nostalgic song, the protagonist remembers the sound of the church bells being rung in St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Co Cork.

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Monica English at a house party in Branch, 1975 / Aidan O'Hara, photographer

Monica English at a house party in Branch, 1975 / Aidan O'Hara, photographer

Monica (Mon) English  (wife of John Joe English) watches a performance at a house party in Branch.

The bonny bunch of roses

Anthony Power

The bonny bunch of roses / Anthony Power

The bonny bunch of roses, song (I overheard a female talking …) The lyrics of this ballad take the form of a conversation between Napoleon Bonaparte’s widow and his son. She warns her son of the danger of challenging England, Ireland, and Scotland—the bonny bunch of roses—and the folly of attacking Russia.  Anthony’s version omits some of the lines that clarify the relationship of the characters, but the singer compensates by rearranging the order of the verses to create a coherent narrative. Most notably, the characters of Napoleon and his son are merged. Historically inaccurate, the song tells a tale of military expansion, of resistance met, and of the ultimate defeat of the invading forces by the opposing allies.

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The Branch Crowd dancing a set at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, 1977 / Len Penton, photographer

The Branch Crowd dancing a set at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, 1977 / Len Penton, photographer

The Branch Crowd dancing a set on stage at the 1977 Newfoundland Folk Festival. Aidan O'Hara is visible in the background, beside the 3rd dancer from the left. The musicians (left to right): Ron Felix, Andy Samuelson and Mac Schwackhamer. Those dancing include, left to right, Mary Power, Lucy Nash, Aidan O’Hara, John Joe Englsih, Eleanor Dawson, Val Ryan, and Virginia Ryan (née Preston).

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