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Gerald Campbell and Jack Mooney performing at the 1977 Folk Festival in St John's, Newfoundland / Aidan O'Hara

Gerald Campbell and Jack Mooney performing at the 1977 Folk Festival in St John's, Newfoundland / Aidan O'Hara

Jack Mooney (right) and Gerald Campbell (left) on stage at the 1977 Newfoundland Folk Festival in Bannerman Park, St. John’s.

The cottage by the sea

Jack Mooney

The cottage by the sea / Jack Mooney

The cottage by the sea, song (To a little seaside village came a youth one summer's day …) Jack Mooney learned this song from his mother, Esther (Careen) Mooney, who was originally from Point Lance, Newfoundland. This song tells the story of a young man who visits a seaside village. He engages in what he thinks is a harmless flirtation with a local woman, leaving her at the end of the summer. He returns a year later when he realises that he loves her, but discovers that she has died of a broken heart.  This song was recorded as “Just goodbye I am going home,” by American old-time singer-songwriter Roy Harvey on 9 September 1930 (Columbia 15609-D). 

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The gambling man

Jack Mooney

The gambling man / Jack Mooney

The gambling man, song (I am a roaming gambler, I gamble down in town …) This American folk song is probably of British origin (Rosenbaum 2013:142). It tells the story of a man who likes to gamble and the woman who falls in love with him.  It was widely recorded by such popular commercial performers as the Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel, though perhaps the earliest recording was that by Kelly Harrel in 1925 under the title “Rovin’ Gambler” (Victor 20171-A). Jack Mooney’s version of “The gambling man,” though performed unaccompanied, closely resembles the version in the 1925 recording.

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The Irish colleen

Jack Mooney

The Irish colleen / Jack Mooney

The Irish colleen, song (I went to a party consisting of four …) This song describes a party at which four toasts are proposed: a Welsh girl toasts a leek, a Scottish girl toasts a thistle, an English girl toasts a rose, and an Irish girl toasts a shamrock and Ireland.

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Transcript of '[The cottage by the sea]' as sung by Jack Mooney / Aidan O'Hara

The cottage by the sea, song (To a little seaside village came a youth one summer's day …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of '[The gambling man]' as sung by Jack Mooney / Aidan O'Hara

The gambling man, song (I am a roaming gambler, I gamble down in town …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.