Subject: On the Farm & In the Bush

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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.

Workers' Picnic - Leonard Hutchinson

LEONARD HUTCHINSON, People's Artist. When I was working at the museum in Port Dover, a local resident donated a spectacular woodcut of fishtugs at the dock. It turned out to be the work of Leonard Hutchinson (1896-1980), an artist I hadn't heard of, but w...

Young Charlotte - Sung by Joseph Chisholm

The song "Young Charlotte" was a hugely popular cautionary tale sung all over North America. It is generally attributed to Seba Smith, an American journalist. Smith published the song as a poem in 1843 in "The Rover" a newspaper in Maine, as “A Corpse Go...

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