Dr. Ursula Kelly’s research on songs of the logging industry in Newfoundland and Labrador comes to fruition next month with the launch of the CD and booklet set entitled,Mentioned in Song: Song Traditions of the Loggers of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The CD includes 27 songs, both restored and archival, as well as new arrangements by Crooked Stovepipe, Shirley Montague, Pamela Morgan and Newman Sound Men’s Choir. The accompanying booklet includes a social history of logging and song, photographs and song notes and lyrics.
The title of this project refers directly to lyrics from one of the oldest logging songs of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Badger Drive, written in 1912, by John V. Devine: “There's one class of men in this country/That never is mentioned in song.”
Mentioned in Song will be launched on Friday, Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP) Gallery, second floor, Arts & Culture Centre, St. John's.
The program includes song, tune and recitation performances by Anne Devine, Shirley Montague and Baxter Wareham, as well as dramatic readings by the Beothuk Street Players. A reception will follow.
The CD is available for $20.00 at the MMaP Research Centre (Rm. 149, Arts & Culture Centre) or at Fred¹s Records (www.fredsrecords.com).
For more information, please visit Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP) at http://www.mun.ca/mmap/back_on_track/logging/.
For more background on the Mentioned in Song project, please visit: http://www.mun.ca/educ/news.php?id=3731.