Subject: On the Farm & In the Bush

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Shantyboy's Alphabet

One of many versions of "The Shantyboy's Alphabet". These songs are part of a larger family of alphabet songs including "The Sailor's Alphabet". This song probably goes back to the mid 19th century. Emerson Woodcock was born in Kinmount and worked in lumb...

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)...

SUNDRIDGE JIG - Smash The Windows

Brad McEwen brought my attention to this tune - published in the pages an English Folk Dance and Song Society Journal from 1933. It's a curious version of the old chestnut "Smash The Windows" although there's also a touch of "Haste To The Wedding" contai...

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 ...

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