Subject: On the Farm & In the Bush

44 entries.

Dinner Horns

A recording of several 19th century sheet metal "dinner horns" from the collection of Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, played by David Travers-Smith. These were blown at mealtimes on farms to call family and hired hands in from the fields. Most hav...

Farmer's Son and the Shantyboy (The)

Recorded by LaRena Clark in 1978 this song likely goes back about a century before that. It is part of a whole family of songs that pit one occupation against another in regards to recruitment of potential sweethearts. (Farming is usually one of them and ...

Fine Times In Camp Number Three

This song is a good thumbnail sketch of life and work in an Ontario lumbercamp. It was recorded by LaRena in 1969. It probably goes back to the late 19th century. The promise of brevity found in the second line goes unfulfilled. In fact, there are enough ...

How We Got Up To The Woods Last Year

A lumbercamp song as sung by O.J. Abbott who worked in the Ontario bush at the turn of the 20th century.It was collected by Edith Fowke in the 1950s. The song describes an inebriated journey from Arnprior ro Dacre, Ontario in the fall of the year. The par...

Hurry Up Harry - LaRena Clark

Recorded in 1965 by LaRena Clark. This is one of the many lumber camp songs she learned from her father and grandfather. It is similar to the song "Hogan's Lake" in both theme and tune. "Squaw Buns" are a kind of molasses bun. The year I have given for al...

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