Lumber Camp Songs at GEST Songs Of NFLD

The term lumberjack is somewhat archaic, usually refering to a logger from an earlier time before the advent of chainsaws and other mechanized logging equipment. Lumberjacks were exclusively men who worked in lumber camps, often living a migratory life, following timber harvesting as jobs opened. Their work was seasonal and usually involved living in bunkhouses or tents for months at a time. Camps could be found where there were vast forests to be harvested and a demand for wood. Common equipment included the axe and the crosscut saw.

Men of the lumber camps developed their own distinctive culture of work songs which were often sung on Sundays or evenings after supper and tool cleanup. Many were based on traditional European folk tunes with lyrics that reflected lives, concerns and experiences of lumberjacks, with themes of cutting, hauling, rolling and driving, as well as narrative songs which involved romance. The songs migrated with the lumberjacks who sang them.


The Badger Drive (John Martin Devine) (Vx3)

The Banks Of The Gaspereau (Coll by Kenneth Peacock)

The Boys At Ninety-Five (Collected by Kenneth Peacock)

Boys Of The Island (Ryan's Fancy) (V)

Cut The Timber Down (Dick Nolan) (V)

Double Sledder Lad (Jim Payne/Fergus O'Byrne) (V)

The Forester Song (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

Gerry Ryan (Collected by Kenneth Peacock)

Harry Dunn (The Hanging Limb) (Collected by Leach)

Jack Timmins (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

The Jam On Gary's Rock (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

The Jam On Jerry's Rock (Ryan's Fancy) (V)

The Log Drivers Waltz (Wade Hemsworth) (Vx3)

The Log Jam Song / White Water (Wade Hemsworth) (V)

The Loggers' Plight (Collected by Kenneth Peacock)

The Lumber Camp Song (Coll by Greenleaf/Mansfield) (V)

The Lumberjack Song (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

The Lumberman's Alphabet (Coll by MacEdward Leach)

Peter Amberly (Collected by MacEdward Leach) (V)

Peter Emberley (Collected by Edith Fowke)

Raise The Dead Of Wintertime (Allan Rankin)

Reid's Express (Collected by Kenneth Peacock)

River Driver (Great Big Sea) (Vx2)

River Driver (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

The River Driver's Lament (Coll by Kenneth Peacock)

Torbay Ramblers (MacEdward Leach)

Twin Lakes (Jim Payne with Kelly Russell) (V)

Twin Lakes (Collected by Kenneth Peacock) (V)


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