The music of our burnished axes : songs and stories of the woods workers of Newfoundland and Labrador /

Publication Type:



St. John's, NL :, Volume no. 80, Canada, p.xxi, 465 pages : (2018)



Call Number:

ML3563.7 N4


Canadian poetry, Canadian poetry (English), Folk songs, English, History and criticism., Loggers, Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador., Songs and music., Songs, English, Texts.


Series statement from publisher's website.Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-456) and index."Based on in-depth research, this is the first study and comprehensive collection of the repertoire of songs, recitations, and poems written about 20th century woods work in Atlantic Canada. It provides an analysis of the significance of this aspect of the expressive culture of woods workers as both grassroots social history texts and creative and musical contributions. The book includes: a history of woods work and exploration of the place of song and story in logging camps; full song lyrics with accompanying discussion notes; musical transcriptions and an analysis of the musical tradition; a selection of first person narratives; archival photos; and a glossary."--Issued also in electronic format.Lumbering and logging in Newfoundland and Labrador: a historical backdrop for occupational culture / Ursula A. Kelly -- The occupational songs, recitations, poems, and stories of the woods Workers of Newfoundland and Labrador: an introduction / Ursula A. Kelly -- Musical features of the songs and tunes of the Woods Workers of Newfoundland and Labrador / Meghan C Forsyth -- Songs and tunes -- Recitations -- Poems -- Narratives and first-person accounts.