MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Genres: The Newfoundland Collection

The cover of Burke's Popular SongsAmong the genres of Newfoundland music are many types of ballads, shanties, cumulative or enumerative songs, comic songs (including parlour songs), and instrumental dance tunes. While many songs were orally transmitted, there is a large repertoire of songs that circulated in songsters such as the one by Johnny Burke depicted here, newspapers, or broadsides, single news sheets that included full texts but usually only a title reference for the tune. Parlour songs circulated as sheet music.