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A visit with Caroline Brennan / Aidan O'Hara

A visit with Caroline Brennan / Aidan O'Hara

Caroline Brennan and her family standing outside her house in Ship Cove with visitors. Left to right: Joyce O'Hara, Caroline Brennan, Lucy Nash (née Connors), Virginia Ryan (née Preston). 

Banna's banks

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Banna's banks / Caroline Brennan

Banna's banks, song (As down by Banna's Banks I strayed one evening in May …) This 18th-century broadside ballad is more commonly known as “Molly Asthore.” Composition is credited to Wexford politician George Ogle (1739–1814). The protagonist of the song wanders by the shore (Co Kerry), thinking back on an estranged lover.  Caroline Brennan learned this song from her grandmother.

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Dermod McCarthy and Caroline Brennan, Ship Cove / Aidan O'Hara

Dermod McCarthy and Caroline Brennan, Ship Cove / Aidan O'Hara

Caroline Brennan outside of her house in Ship Cove, talking with Dermod McCarthy, director of the Radharc documentary, The Forgotten Irish.

Fain Waterloo

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Fain Waterloo / Caroline Brennan

Fain Waterloo, song (It happened to be on a fine dewy morning …) This song tells the story of a soldier reuniting with his sweetheart. He tests her fidelity by leading her to believe that he died at the Battle of Waterloo. When she proves herself true, he reveals that he is her sweetheart by showing her the broken token that they shared.  Versions of this song are quite common in eastern Canada, including Newfoundland. Kenneth Peacock published a version in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3 (1965:1014–1015), as did Greenleaf and Mansfield in The Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland (1933:172–173), under the title “The plains of Waterloo.”

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Jack was a sailor on board a whaler

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Jack was a sailor on board a whaler / Caroline Brennan

Jack was a sailor on board a whaler, song (Jack was a sailor on board of a whaler ...) This children’s son features a sailor named Jack. A friend asks him to pay a debt, and Jack responds, “You’ll have to wait till my ship comes in.” When Jack later survives a shipwreck and his friend makes the same demand, Jack gives the same excuse.  Though the song follows a standard verse-and-refrain form, the metric structure of the song is somewhat unusual: verses are sung in triple metre and choruses are in duple metre, matching shifts in the narration from third to first person.

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Songs from the repertory of Carrie Brennan / Aidan O'Hara

An article on the songs of Carrie Brennan written by Aidan O'Hara and Kenneth Goldstein which appeared in The Livyere, the journal of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, in 1983.

The Blackwater side

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The Blackwater side / Caroline Brennan

The Blackwater side, song (Ye lads of this nation of low and high station, I pray pay attention and listen to me …) Caroline Brennan introduces “The Blackwater side” with a story about her grandmother, “Irish Biddy,” and the time that she spent working in the Sweetman Company’s sail loft in Placentia. This was one of the songs that she sang to remember Ireland.  The song tells the story of a couple who court on the banks of the Blackwater. A variant version of “The Blackwater side” was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1951 and published in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 2 (1965:503–504).

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The schooner Annie

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The schooner Annie / Caroline Brennan

The schooner Annie, song (Young and old I pray make bold, and listen to my tale ...) Composed by Peter Leonard (1890–1964) under the title “Jim McCarthy,” this song recounts the story of a ship (the Annie) that left St John’s in 1915 with a cargo bound for Placentia Bay. The schooner was caught in a gale and, despite the best efforts of the crew, was eventually lost. The crew, however, was rescued by a passing ship, the Monarch.

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The scolding wife

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The scolding wife / Caroline Brennan

The scolding wife, song (I got married to a scolding wife about twenty years ago …) This broadside ballad is well known on both sides of the Atlantic (Guigné 2016:326). Though typically received as a comic song, it treats of a difficult theme: an abusive wife and the misery she brings on her husband.

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Transcript of '[Fain Waterloo]' as sung by Caroline Brennan / Aidan O'Hara

Fain Waterloo, song (It happened to be on a fine dewy morning …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of '[The scolding wife]' as sung by Caroline Brennan / Aidan O'Hara

The scolding wife, song (I got married to a scolding wife about twenty years ago …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'Banna's banks' as sung by Caroline Brennan / Aidan O'Hara

Banna's banks, song (As down by Banna's Banks I strayed one evening in May …)A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.