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Subject: Social Life & Love

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CONCERT IN VITTORIA - 1866

The playbill for a concert in Vittoria, Ontario. (In Norfolk County) I transcribed the text from an original printed poster in the Edward Miller Collection at the Toronto Public Library in the early 1980s. I have included it here as a document but I have ...

Death of Young Bill Loney (The)

Sung by Joseph Chisholm (born 1878) in St. Rapheal's, Ontario. Recorded by George Proctor in 1960, for the National Museum of Man, Ottawa. The song all takes place around Williamstown, which is just east of Cornwall. It's an“Unfortunate working man comes...

Devilish Mary - LaRena Clark

Young man gets more than he bargained for in the person of his new bride. LaRena Clark (1904-1999) recorded this song for her 1969 lp "Songs of An Ontario Family". She learned the song from her father. The year I have given for all of LaRena's songs is th...

Drowning of Willie Leonard (The)

From her 1978 lp "Family Legend In Song" This is one of many versions of the Irish song, "The Lake of Coolfinn". The song was popular in Canada and the US. In every case poor Willie Leonard is the victim of an accidental drowning.

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 ...

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