Songs and Stories of the Loggers of Newfoundland and Labrador: A public presentation on Fogo Island

Lay Summary 

In 2014, the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP) published Mentioned in Song: Song Traditions of the Loggers of Newfoundland and Labrador, a CD and book produced by Dr. Ursula Kelly, in collaboration with Dr. Beverley Diamond (Professor Emeritus, Music) and Dr. Meghan Forsyth (Adjunct Professor, Music). This project further mobilizes the results of this collaboration by taking the project "on the road" to communities across Newfoundland and Labrador and partnering with local musicians, storytellers, singers, venues, and arts organizations to give public presentations about the logging song research that draws on the histories and stories of the different communities we visit. In 2016, Drs. Kelly and Forsyth gave a public presentation on Fogo Island that highlighted the social history of logging songs in this province, with a specific focus on Central Newfoundland and Fogo Island, through narration, archival recordings, videos and photographs, and musical performances and recitations by local musicians and storytellers.

This project aims to bring to light the little known history of logging and song in Newfoundland and Labrador and to extend the reach of our research by bringing the songs and stories back to the communities from which they originate and engaging communities in the preservation of this tradition.

Faculty of Education
School of Music
Quick Start Fund For Public Engagement
Fogo Island Arts/Shorefast Foundation
Fogo Island
Newfoundland and Labrador
Arts, Culture & Heritage
Aboriginal Peoples
Community Development
Economic Development
Hunting & Trapping
Local Knowledge
Industry Sectors 
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports and Related Industries
Start date 
1 May 2016