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Vinland Lyr Req: Songs of Newfoundland & Labrador (118* d) RE: Lyr Req: Songs of Newfoundland & Labrador 19 Apr 07


I assume you'd like to have a few lesser known Nfld ballads. My personal favourites are 'The Green Shores of Fogo', 'The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle' (this song was recorded by Bob Dylan back in the 70s, though he added his own melody), 'Maid of Newfoundland', 'Petty Harbour Bait Skiff' (I prefer it shortened to 6 verses), 'Pride of the Season', The Greenland Disaster', and 'The Emigrant from Newfoundland' and 'She's Like the Swallow' (hardly lesser know but still worth recording).

At the risk of self-promotion, all these songs are available in my 'Songs of Newfoundland & Labrador' series of songbooks ( except 'The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle' which I plan to have in the next collection.

There are lots of fine songs being written in Nfld all the time which you would probably like, but I assume you want to avoid the hassles of optaining copyright clearance, etc.

BTW the melody of "Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's" appears to be based on an American song from the 30s called "The Hills of Wyoming". In any case, the melody seems to me to be derived from the British ballad 'Barbera Allen'. That's the folk process I guess...


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