Many folksongs begin with the phrase "Come all ye The songs which begin in this way have been commonly known as "come-all-ye's. Folk ballads, folksongs that tell a story, were collected by English folklorist Maud Karpeles when she visited Newfoundland in and Specifically, Karpeles prized classical ballads, taken to be the oldest type of English ballads, which had spread to Newfoundland and Labrador and other parts of the world through emigration from Britain. Classical ballads were products of oral English tradition. The distinguishing qualities of the genre include a dramatic plot and a certain detached objectivity in narration, despite the intensity of topic. Subgenres of the classical ballad include marvelous and magic ballads, historical ballads, and romantic and tragic ballads. Karpeles and other collectors, including MacEdward Leach who visited Labrador in and Kenneth Peacock who visited Newfoundland from to , have been able to identify a remarkable number of classical ballads in Newfoundland and Labrador, attesting to the vitality of the British folksong repertoire. While Karpeles, Peacock and Leach each demonstrated some bias in favour of classical ballads and others folksongs of non-native origin, other major collectors of Newfoundland and Labrador folksongs, including Elisabeth Greenleaf who visited Newfoundland in the s , Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best both of whom collected between and , were as interested in locally-composed vernacular songs. In this respect, their collections provide us with a better idea of the range of folksongs in the Newfoundland and Labrador repertoire.
SHORT STORY TIME
Around here, music is part of the natural and cultural landscape. You can find it practically everywhere you go - from kitchens and pubs to concert halls and festivals in every corner of the province. One moment you'll be clapping and stomping along to jigs and reels featuring fiddles, accordions, and bodhran drums, and the next you'll get swept away by old Irish love songs passed down from generation to generation. Our thriving music scene is also filled with a diverse range of new music, including reggae, world, jazz, blues, rock, classical, and pop. Newfoundland and Labrador is home to some of the country's finest artists and performers, so there is no shortage of playlist worthy tunes for your next road trip. In the summer months, multi-genre music festivals span the province from east to west. Future travellers from elsewhere, please keep dreaming and check back for travel updates.
Youngtree & The Blooms — Hilltops of Blowing Heather
You probably figured out that the music scene in Newfoundland and Labrador is heavily influenced by the Irish. My favourite nights out are when some friends and I hit up the Irish pubs for some fiddle music and classic Newfie tunes, the kinda music that just feels like home. Notice the insane stress on some of the words. Lots of story-telling. Makes me want to waltz with some senior citizens. Another real Newfoundland song, same waltz style, sad little story about courtship.
After two lovely weeks in Newfoundland, my travels have come to a close. The province has provided me with so many beautiful things: nature, food, people, and of course, music. One thing I learned while I was here - other than the fact that Newfies love their deep-fried seafood and taters - was that they are a very musically talented bunch. A skipper who can also sing and play the accordion? Or a tour guide who is part of a popular local band? I swear, everybody on this island has a large musical bone in them. The towns there can get pretty remote, with only one local pub and a single general store for all your everyday goods.