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.
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. Bonne lecture! What other songs would you add to the playlist? Let us know in the comments!
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?