The Music of Our Burnished Axes

Songs and Stories of the Woods Workers of Newfoundland and Labrador

Ursula A. Kelly (Author), Meghan C. Forsyth (Author) 

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This book comprises the first and only comprehensive collection of the repertoire of songs, recitations, and poems written about 20th-century woods work in Newfoundland and Labrador. It provides an analysis of their significance as both grassroots social history texts and creative and musical contributions. The book includes: a history of woods work and exploration of the place of song and story in logging camps; complete song lyrics with accompanying discussion notes; musical transcriptions and an analysis of the musical tradition; poems, recitations and a selection of first-person narratives; over fifty archival photos; and a glossary. 


ISERBooks. Softcover. 496 pages. ISBN 978-1-894725-40-8. B&w photos, musical transcriptions.

$28.95 CAD

Subjects: AnthropologyNewfoundland and Labrador Studies

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