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Subject: Lakes & Rivers

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A Trip On The Schooner Kolfage

Ivan Walton (1893-1968) was a song collector from Michigan. In the 1930s he travelled around the Great Lakes in both the U.S. and in Ontario, seeking out the songs and chanteys of the last generation of fresh-water sailors to work "under canvas" in schoon...

Banks Of The Don (On The)

A song about Toronto's notorious Don Jail. This imposing structure was built along the Don River in 1865. It was added to over the years but the original part of the jail was in use until 1977. The song was collected from O.J. Abbott (1872-1962) by Edith ...

Boatman Dance - Serenader's Quadrille No. 4

From The G.W. Bennett Manuscript - Midland, 1860 An American minstrel-era song and dance tune attributed to Dan Emmett and published in 1843. This piece was incredibly popular throughout the middle years of the 19th century. It's about the boatmen who op...

Bonnie Heiland Laddie (Donkey Riding Variant)

From the Ivan Walton Manuscript and other sources The version of this capstan chantey called "Donkey Riding" is now better known. Sound file by Ian Bell

Bridget from Washago

A lovely local love song from the Shores of Lake Simcoe. There are both a steamboat and a train in the lyrics , so it likely dates from sometime after about 1870. (probably not long after) LaRena Learned The song from her grandfather. From her lp "Family...

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