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Georges Banks

Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell

Georges Banks / Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell

Georges Banks, song (Ye roving sons of Newfoundland, I hope you will draw near …) Georges Bank is a large plateau-shaped shoal off the coast of Massachusetts. It is part of a series of banks and shoals that extend along the edge of the North American continental shelf—the most northern of which are Newfoundland’s Grand Banks.  This ballad tells the story of a ship, the Morning Star, whose crew was fishing on Georges Banks. The ship was caught in a November gale that resulted in many fisherman freezing or being swept overboard before they could return to Newfoundland.  Other versions of this song are included in Greenleaf and Mansfield’s Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland (1933:260–263); Kenneth Peacock’s Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3 (1965:916–21); and among the recordings of MacEdward Leach.

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Henry Campbell at a house party in Branch, 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

Henry Campbell at a house party in Branch, 1975 / Aidan O'Hara

Henry Campbell enjoying a "time" (or house party) in Branch. 

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.

The brave volunteer

Henry Campbell

The brave volunteer / Henry Campbell

The brave volunteer, song (One cold stormy night in the month of December …) The song tells the story of a widow lamenting the loss of her husband, whose ship sank off the shore of Galway. In this version of the song, the protagonist (whose name is Henry) leaves to seek his fortune, but how remains unclear. Another version of the song, recorded on a 19th-century ballad sheet held in the Bodleian Libraries (Bod7845) specifies that Henry has volunteered to fight as a mercenary for a Portuguese king. 

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The true lovers' conversation

Henry Campbell

The true lovers' conversation / Henry Campbell

The true lovers' conversation, song (One pleasant evening as pinks and daisies, closed in their bosom a drop of dew …) This broadside ballad recounts an overheard conversation between two lovers. The woman questions the man’s fidelity and love. Eventually it is revealed that she fancies another who has wealth and fortune. The man rejects her and she retracts her statements, explaining that she was merely testing his love for her. In Shamrock, Rose and Thistle, song scholar Hugh Shields suggests that the text originates from an anonymous poet of Magheratimpany, Ballynahinch, Co Down (1981:155).  Henry Campbell learned this song from a woman named Kay Lynch—a nurse in Branch—who got it out of a songbook.

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Thomas Trim

Gerald Campbell

Thomas Trim / Gerald Campbell

I'm Thomas Trim, song (I’m Thomas Trim a swell young man …) Gerald Campbell learned this song from his father, Henry Campbell. Henry Campbell sang “Thomas Trim” in a school concert around 1910. The song describes a young dandy going on promenade to show off his finery

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Transcript of 'Georgie's banks' [Georges banks] as sung by Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell / Aidan O'Hara

Georges banks, song (Ye roving sons of Newfoundland I hope ye will draw near …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'Just before the battle, mother' as sung by Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell / Aidan O'Haras

Just before the battle, mother, song (Just before the battle, mother, I am thinking most of you …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'The Brave volunteer' as sung by Henry Campbell / Aidan O'Hara

The Brave volunteer, song (One cold stormy night in the month of December …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'The emigrant from Newfoundland' as sung by Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell / Aidan O'Hara

The emigrant from Newfoundland, song (Dear Newfoundland have I have leave you …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'True lovers' conversation' as sung by Henry Campbell / Aidan O'Hara

True lovers' conversation, song (One pleasant evening as pinks and daisies …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.