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Discover, explore & remember the traditions of Newfoundland’s Cape Shore.

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Cape Shore

Listen to songs, music & stories. View photos of the people & places. Meet the singers & musicians from Ship Cove, Patrick’s Cove, St Bride’s, and Branch. This interactive map of the Cape Shore is a great way to start navigating your way around the outports of this short stretch of Newfoundland’s coastline.

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Vincent Roche with Sean, Conor and Brian O'Hara / Aidan O'Hara

Vincent Roche with Sean, Conor and Brian O'Hara / Aidan O'Hara

Aidan O'Hara's three young sons being pushed in a wheel barrow by Vincent Roche (son of Dermot Roche) through the yard at the Roche family house in Branch.

The lady in the east

Bride Judge

The lady in the east / Bride Judge

The lady in the east, song (There was a lady in the east …) This broadside ballad tells a tale of murder and heartbreak. A young woman falls in love with her father’s clerk; she persists with the romance despite her father’s objections. Her father then shoots her and her lover commits suicide. In Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3, Kenneth Peacock observes that this ballad seems to have survived mainly in Atlantic Canada (1965:726–8).

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The girl who slighted me

Gerald Campbell

The girl who slighted me / Gerald Campbell

The girl who slighted me, song (And I'll go down to yonder valley …) This song tells of an unhappy courtship. After being slighted by his sweetheart, the (male) protagonist of the song curses the girl in question and leaves Ireland for America.  One of the more common variants of this song is known as “Courting is a pleasure,” and Kenneth Peacock published another version in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 2 under the title “In courtship there lies pleasure” (1965:465–466).

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Onlookers at a 'time' in the Roche's house / Aidan O'Hara

Onlookers at a 'time' in the Roche's house / Aidan O'Hara

Onlookers at a "time" in the Roche's house in Branch. Left to right: Keith Roche (son of Dermot Roche), Patrick Nicks, Tony Power (son of Anthony and Mary Power), unidentified woman, Monica English (wife of John Joe English).

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.

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