Phil Thomas & the songs of British Columbia

Publication Type:



Princeton, British Columbia, Canada :, Canada (2019)



Call Number:

ML3563.7 .B86


Biography., British Columbia, Canada, Folk music, Folk songs, English, Folklorists, History and criticism.


Includes bibliographical references."This is a study of the song-collecting activities of BC-born teacher, singer, musician, and song-collector Philip James Thomas (born 1921 Victoria, BC; died 2007). Inspired by Marius Barbeau, Edith Fowke, and Helen Creighton, among others, Thomas's interest in the vernacular, or oral tradition, led him to travel across British Columbia, interviewing, recording, and documenting singers and songs. This book includes song titles and origins, and the names and backgrounds of the singers, and looks at the broader social and political context of the songs. It also covers his teaching career and role as founder of the Vancouver Folk Song Society and early director of the British Columbia Folklore Society."--