The Music of Our Burnished Axes

The Music of Our Burnished Axes: New Recordings of Woods Songs and Recitations from Newfoundland and Labrador (2021) features 21 new recordings of locally composed woods songs, tunes, and recitations, performed by some of the province’s finest musicians, including the Swinging Belles, Rube & Rake, Sherry Ryan, Shirley Montague, Jim Payne, Aaron Collis, Mark Manning, LadyLike, Sherman Downey, Daniel Payne, Stephanie Payne, Dave Paddon, The Cormiers, and more.

The accompanying booklet includes an account of lumbering and logging in Newfoundland and Labrador and explores the emergence of a vibrant local woods-song tradition.

This CD is a companion to the book The Music of Our Burnished Axes: Songs and Stories of the Woods Workers of Newfoundland and Labrador (2018). With your purchase of the CD comes a 40% discount on the book.


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The Music of Our Burnished AxesSample Tracks

 A Lumbering We'll Go
Aaron Collis, Mark Manning, Fergus O’Byrne, Jim Payne

 Labrador Peace
LadyLike

 Like Father, Like Son
Rube & Rake

 Lay That Bucksaw Down
Shirley Montague

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In the Media

Listen to interviews about the project on CBC Radio’s Newfoundland Morning (from 16:25), Labrador Morning, and Weekend AM.


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The Music of Our Burnished Axes is produced by Dr. Ursula Kelly and Dr. Meghan Forsyth for the Back on Track series.


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