For today's 5 on Friday, I'm very, very pleased to bring you this taste of traditional east coast music.
In Canada, east coast sound is heavily influenced by the celtic traditions of Scottish and Irish migration to these shores, as well as the Acadian fiddle traditions of the French settlers.
Because they've long been challenged by economic hardship, Maritimers have left home seeking work in other parts of Canada for generation after generation. You'll find a great longing for home in many of the songs of this region.
For more great tunes, check out Travis at Trav's Thoughts.
1 - Farewell to Nova Scotia - Pogey
The sun was setting in the west
The birds were singing on every tree
All nature seemed inclined to rest
But still there was no rest for me
Farewell to Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast
Let your mountains dark and dreary be
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?
- traditional folk tune
2 - Medley - Natalie MacMaster
The Butlers of Glen Avenue
Dr. Iain MacAonghais
3 - Working Man - The Dubliners
NOTE: This is an Irish group singing a song by Cape Breton's own Rita MacNeil. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia has been home to many coal miners over the years.
It's a working man I am
And I've been down underground
And I swear to God if I ever see the sun
Or for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again will go down underground
- Rita MacNeil
4 - She's Called Nova Scotia - Rita MacNeil
So walk through her green fields
Go down to the sea
The fortune in your eyes
Is more like a dream
She's called Nova Scotia
And she so makes you feel
You've discovered her treasure
No other has seen
- Rita MacNeil
5 - Song For the Mira - John Allan Cameron
NOTE: The Mira is a river in Cape Breton.
Can you imagine a piece of the universe
More fit for princes and kings?
I'll give you ten of your cities
For Marion Bridge and the pleasure it brings
Out on the Mira on soft summer nights
Bonfires blaze to the children's delight
They dance round the flames
Singing songs with their friends
I wish I was with them again
- Allister MacGillivray
Jamie says I have most of those songs in my collection of celtic music and influences with the favorite of this mix being Farewell to Nova Scotia.
Alice Audrey says Feeling folksy?
Travis says I enjoyed the music, and I loved the scenery on some of the videos too.