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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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Transcript of '[The gambling man]' as sung by Jack Mooney / Aidan O'Hara

The gambling man, song (I am a roaming gambler, I gamble down in town …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

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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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.

Down by the riverside

Minnie Murphy

Down by the riverside / Minnie Murphy

Down by the riverside, song (When I was young and in my prime my age scarce twenty-one …) This song tells the tale of a man whose parents force him to marry a woman of higher social status, forsaking the woman he loves. He later murders his wife because he cannot live with his choice. He is sentenced to hang for his crimes.  After Minnie Murphy finished her performance, one of the men present in the room comments that he sometimes heard this song in the lumber camps of western Newfoundland. Little is known about the origins of the song, though the reference to Wexford Gaol suggests a possible southeast Ireland connection. Variants, including that collected by MacEdward Leach from John James of Trepassey, Newfoundland, have been recorded almost exclusively in Newfoundland.

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Gerald Campbell and Jack Mooney performing at the 1977 Folk Festival in St John's, Newfoundland / Aidan O'Hara

Gerald Campbell and Jack Mooney performing at the 1977 Folk Festival in St John's, Newfoundland / Aidan O'Hara

Jack Mooney (right) and Gerald Campbell (left) on stage at the 1977 Newfoundland Folk Festival in Bannerman Park, St. John’s.

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