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Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods

Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods

Wade Hemsworth (1916–2002), one of Canada’s best-loved folksingers, discovered traditional song while stationed in Newfoundland during WWII. On this recording, he sings everything from Canadian versions of ancient British and Irish ballads, to French Canadian songs, to songs of the lumberjacks - a primary occupation of the North Woods. He also sings two songs he composed himself, notably his classic "The Blackfly Song," an autobiographical account of his employment on a survey crew in North Ontario while being harassed by the seriously pesky insects. The liner notes provide background information about each song, as well as the lyrics.

Track Listing

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Donkey Riding Wade Hemsworth 1:36
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The Shining Birch Tree Wade Hemsworth 2:43
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Envoyons d'l'Avant Wade Hemsworth 1:29
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The Jam at Gerry's Rocks Wade Hemsworth 3:31
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Aidal O'Boy Wade Hemsworth 2:25
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The Franklin Expedition Wade Hemsworth 1:24
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V'la l'Bon Vent (Voila le Bon Vent) Wade Hemsworth 2:25
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202
Ye Girls of Old Ontario Wade Hemsworth 2:47
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203
Peter Rambeley Wade Hemsworth 1:23
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The Bride's Lament Wade Hemsworth 2:01
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The Bad Girl's Lament Wade Hemsworth 2:51
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The Blackfly Song Wade Hemsworth 2:59
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