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Folksongs of the Miramichi: Lumber and River Songs from the Miramichi Folk Fest Newcastle, New Brunswick

Various Artists
Folksongs of the Miramichi: Lumber and River Songs from the Miramichi Folk Fest Newcastle, New Brunswick

Although the Miramichi is a river, the name is used to describe an entire region of northeastern New Brunswick. Generations of settlers fished in its waters, felled its timber, and celebrated their heritage through music. The songs on this album, recorded during the 1959 Miramichi Folksong Festival, date from the 18th and 19th centuries and are performed in the traditional style, often by an unaccompanied solo performer. Nine of the 10 songs are in English, with “The Petit Moine” sung in French. The Folksong Festival, Canada’s oldest, continues to this day.

Liner notes include details of the Miramachi, song lyrics, and an introduction to each track by historian Louise Manny, the originator of the festival.

Track Listing

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The Lumberman's Alphabet Wilmot MacDonald 6:01
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Peter Emberley - Peter Amberley Wilmot MacDonald 5:53
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Roger the Miller Stanley MacDonald 3:59
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Round Her Mantle So Green Marie Hare 6:27
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The Banks of the Miramichi Art Matchett 1:44
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The Silvery Tide Sam Jagee 8:26
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The Good Old State of Maine James Brown 5:34
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Pretty Susan Angelo Dornan 2:50
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The Petit Moine Allan Kelly 1:59
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The Jones Boys Nick Underhill 4:59
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