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Stan McGrath (b. 1943)

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Stan McGrath (photo courtesy of Stan McGrath; used with permission).

Stan McGrath was born on 7 January 1943 and has been based in Patrick’s Cove all of his life. He picked up his songs from a variety of sources: from friends and the older generation of singers in his community, and also from the people he met while living away from the Cape Shore.

Stan worked in construction, a career that took him all over the province and into contact with other workers from many different places. He learned “The days of the week,” for example, in a lumbering camp off of a man from Bishop Falls. When home in Patrick’s Cove, Stan sang at house parties and in the local clubs—like Coffey’s Lounge in Angel Cove, where Aidan O’Hara first met Stan.


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The days of the week / Stan McGrath

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The days of the week / Stan McGrath

The days of the week, song (On Monday morning as I roved out …) Also known as “A week’s matrimony” or “The woeful marriage,” this comic broadside ballad tells the story of a whirlwind courtship and marriage that ends in violence and mental instability.  Stan McGrath learned this song while working away from the Cape Shore in the lumberwoods.


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