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Henry Nash (1934–2009)

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Henry Nash singing in the kitchen (photo courtesy of Caroline Nash; used with permission).

Henry Nash was born in Branch in 1934. His mother passed away when Henry was very young, so he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Carrie and Neddie Brennan, in Ship Cove, Placentia Bay. The Brennan household was a frequent stopover for people travelling to Placentia from Branch, Point Lance, and all along the Cape Shore. Frequent visits meant that there was always a story being told and a song or two being sung.

Henry, like so many others from the area, went to places like Goose Bay (in Labrador) and Sept-Îles (in Québec) during the 1950s and ‘60s to work. At the end of the day, the men in the camps would sing as a form of recreation, providing opportunities to share and learn new songs and stories.

Henry Nash enjoying a party in the Roche's house, Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara
Henry Nash enjoying a party in the Roche's house, Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara
Henry Nash enjoying “a time” in the Roches’ kitchen, ca. 1975. Left to right: Debbie Careen, Rita Roche, Henry Nash, and Audrey Roche (photo courtesy of Aidan O’Hara; used with permission).
 
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Henry Nash enjoying a party in the Roche's house, Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

Henry Nash enjoying ‘a time,’ probably in the Roche’s house in Branch, ca. 1975. Left to right: Debbie Careen, Rita Roche, Henry Nash (seated), Audrey Roche.

Henry Nash enjoying a party in the Roche's house, Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

Henry Nash enjoying a party in the Roche's house, Branch, Newfoundland, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

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Henry never performed publicly, but could be convinced to belt out the odd song among family and friends at a get-together—especially after having a few drinks. Henry started working with the Department of Highways in the late 1960s and retired in the early 1980s.

Henry passed away in April 2009.


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The girls from Newfoundland / Henry Nash

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The girls from Newfoundland / Henry Nash

The girls from Newfoundland, song (There's a girl in St. John's Harbour that I'm longing now to see …) This wartime song is sung to the tune of “The yellow rose of Texas.” The protagonist is a soldier remembering his sweetheart in St John’s, Newfoundland.


Biographical Information

Biographical note written by Caroline Nash (granddaughter).