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Anthony Power and friends at the 1978 Newfoundland Folk Festival / Aidan O'Hara

Anthony Power and friends at the 1978 Newfoundland Folk Festival / Aidan O'Hara

Relaxing at the 1978 NL Folk Festival, from left to right: Anthony Power, Virginia Ryan (née Preston), Lucy Nash (née Connors), and Mary Power. Photographer Len Penton (right) stands chatting with Ron Felix (left) and an unknown woman in the background.

Bungle Rye

 Anthony Power

Bungle Rye / Anthony Power

Bungle Rye, song (As I went a-walking a fair London Street …) This early 19th-century broadside ballad is a warning about the dangers of female wiles. The protagonist is tricked into paying 20 shillings for a basket that he thinks contains a bottle of liquor. Instead it contains a baby, whom he christens John Bungle Rye.  In many versions of this song, the phrase “Bung yer eye” appears instead of “Bungle Rye.” Indeed, Kenneth Peacock includes this song in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3, under the title “Young Bung-’er’eye,” noting that “bung-yer-eye” is an old sailing term for strong rum or hard liquor (1965:895–6).

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Golden Bay

Anthony Power

Golden Bay / Anthony Power

Golden Bay, song (In nineteen hundred and twelve, my boys for Golden Bay set sail …) Composed by brothers Henry Nash (Sr) and Bernard Nash who fished together in Golden Bay, this song describes a whaling expedition that left Branch in 1912. The crew caught a whale, but it rotted before they could sell it for the thirty pounds in gold that they expected to receive.  Henry Nash (Sr) was the father-in-law of Anthony Power, who performs the song here. 

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Portrait of Anthony Power, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

Portrait of Anthony Power, ca. 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

Anthony Power, ca. 1975. 

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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Transcript of 'Golden bay' as sung by Anthony Power / Aidan O'Hara

Golden bay, song (In nineteen hundred and twelve, my boys for Golden Bay set sail …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'John bungle rye' as sung by Anthony Power / Aidan O'Hara

John bungle rye, song (As I went awalking out fair London Street …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.