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

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Cape Shore

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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Transcript of 'This is east' as sung by Frankie Nash / Aidan O'Hara

This is east, song (This is east and this is west, soon I learned to say the rest …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

The shores of Grand Lake

Frankie Nash

The shores of Grand Lake / Frankie Nash

The shores of Grand Lake, song (One night as I sat in my own cozy corner …) This labour song describes the practice of subcontracting (“subbing”) in the lumberwoods of Newfoundland. The lyrics protest against the poor pay and conditions endured by woodsmen, specifically mentioning the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (“AND Company”) (Partyka in Narváez 2006:10).  This particular version seems to be a fusion of two related songs: its melody is that of “The track to Knob Lake” by Albert Roche (Roud Number 9811) and its lyrics closely resemble those of “Twin Lakes” (Roud Number 17693).

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The brave volunteer

Henry Campbell

The brave volunteer / Henry Campbell

The brave volunteer, song (One cold stormy night in the month of December …) The song tells the story of a widow lamenting the loss of her husband, whose ship sank off the shore of Galway. In this version of the song, the protagonist (whose name is Henry) leaves to seek his fortune, but how remains unclear. Another version of the song, recorded on a 19th-century ballad sheet held in the Bodleian Libraries (Bod7845) specifies that Henry has volunteered to fight as a mercenary for a Portuguese king. 

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Transcript of 'My lovely Irish rose' as sung by Eta Nash / Aidan O'Hara

My lovely Irish rose, song (A winding welard winds its way out to an Irish home …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Henry Power dancing / Aidan O'Hara

Henry Power dancing / Aidan O'Hara

Henry Power (son of Anthony and Mary Power) dancing "a few scuffs" in the Roche household. The Roche family and friends look on (left to right): Keith Roche, Paula Manore (née Roche), Mary Jean Lyth (née Roche), Dermot Roche, Petchie Nash, Jerry Power (Henry's brother). Three girls sit in the background of the photo (left to right): Karen Sarro (née Roche), Michelle d'Entremont, Audrey Wilson (née Roche).

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