Subject: On the Farm & In the Bush

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Speed The Plough - Ash

From the Allen Ash Manuscript. This is one of those fiddle tunes which seems to have provided a structural template for many other tunes. It appears here in the key of G - as it also does in the Buttery Manuscript. (It is more often noted in the key of A)...

The Chippewa Stream - LaRena Clark

The Chippewa Stream This song appears to be a Canadian "remake" of the traditional Scottish song "The Braes of Strathblane". The song was a staple in lumber camps in Ontario and elsewhere. LaRena was recorded singing this in the mid 1960s by Van Dittmer o...

THE JOLLEY BAND - Meaford 1915

Greg Shields, who graciously provided this image, says: "...this was 1915, St. Vincent Township, Ont. The Jolley Band. My grandparents are in the photo, both age 17, and several of their siblings. Names of all members added to the [second copy of ] photo ...

Weaver (The)

This is a mildly bawdy song collected from O.J. Abbott, by Edith Fowke in the late 1950s. In the early days of settlement women often did their own hand-spinning, then passed off the resultant yarn and thread to a professional weaver to be turned into yar...

When The Shantyboy Comes Down

A lumberman's song about spending money while you have it. Edith Fowke collected this gem from Jim Doherty of Peterborough in 1958. Canada switched from British pounds to dollars in 1858.

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