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Lumbering Songs from the Ontario Shanties

Various Artists
Lumbering Songs from the Ontario Shanties

Canadian folk song authority Edith Fowke recorded men who decades earlier had ventured into the North Woods of Ontario to cut timber. Known as lumbermen, shanty boys, or lumberjacks, the men endured both cold and substantial danger. As many lumbermen lost their lives plying their trade, it is not surprising that a number of songs memorialize fallen comrades. Other songs relate everyday life in the lumber camps, the work, or leisure time in town. The songs in this collection are field recordings, many recorded in the lumbermen’s homes.

Liner notes describe the circumstances of Fowkes’ recording efforts, provide general background information, and discuss the origin of each song along with its lyrics.

Track Listing

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When the Shantyboy Comes Down Jim Doherty 1:25
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102
The Jam on Jerry's Rocks Tom Brandon 3:49
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How We Got Back to the Woods Last Year O. J. Abbott 1:43
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104
Johnny Doyle Joe Kelly 2:19
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Jimmy Whelan Emerson Woodcock 3:37
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106
Turner's Camp Leo Spencer 3:12
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107
Hogan's Lake O. J. Abbott 2:06
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108
Johnny Murphy John Leahy 3:38
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109
The Shantyboy's Alphabet Sam Campsall 2:48
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201
Jack Haggerty John Leahy 2:47
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202
Bill Dunbar Emerson Woodcock 4:45
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203
The Basketong O. J. Abbott 2:09
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204
Johnny Stiles - Johnny Styles Tom Brandon 3:15
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205
The Backwoodsman Emerson Woodcock 2:43
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206
Harry Dunn Martin Sullivan 3:02
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The Falling of the Pine Martin McManus 0:57
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The Chapeau Boys O. J. Abbott 3:02
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Save Your Money While You're Young Jim Doherty 2:25
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