Newfoundland Folklore Archive Collection
This compilation represents four generations of a remarkable family whose Gaelic-speaking forebears emigrated from the Isle of Canna, Moidart and Glengarry between 1820 and 1840. Their people settled in the fertile Codroy Valley, southwest Newfoundland and retained their language, songs and old Highland customs till the late 1960s. After the coming of electricity in 1962 and the Trans-Canada Highway in 1966, English gradually took over. When I first visited in 1968, however, there was still a vibrant tradition among the older generation, particularly in the home of the late Allan MacArthur. Singer, piper, fiddler, accordion player, step-dancer, story-teller and historian, Allan MacArthur was one of the most remarkable tradition bearers I have ever met either side of the Atlantic. The playlist draws from fieldwork recordings made in Newfoundland between 1968 and 2007 and new recordings by three generations of the family-all direct descendents of the first settlers. Homecoming Scotland 2009 will see the ever group of Scottish Newfoundlanders on a cultural tour of 'the Old Country'. Not only will they visit the land of their forebears but also will share songs, tunes and old-style dances-we hope you will share our Homecoming Newfoundlanders Cèilidh. Margaret Bennett Perthshire, 2009
- MacArthur’s Island by Allan’s grandson, Gordon Cormier sings lead on his song about the old homestead. (With Loretta Cormier and Mallory Johnson). Album Title: The Shamrock, Thistle & Rose. Produced by Rick Hollet & The Cormiers. Produced by Rick Hollet & The Cormiers.
- ’Illean Bithibh Sunndach by Allan MacArthur (1884—1971), with sons George, Martin and John & Margaret Bennett. Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 1969. [According to Allan, “this song was composed in Scotland. It was a crowd that left ..., crossing the Atlantic from an t-Eilean Sgitheanach,].
- Ocean Blue by Allan’s great-grand-daughter, Mallory Johnson - Album Title: The Cormiers Comin’ Home.
- Trip to Mabou Ridge & High Road to Linton by Allan’s son Sears . Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 1990.
- Fear a’ Bhàta by Allan’s son, Frank (1917—1997) Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 1990.
- In It by another of Allan’s great-grand-children, Don Brownrigg - Album Title: Wander Songs. Weewerk Records, 2007.
- Calvin’s Mandolin set by Allan’s grandson Calvin Cormier (mandolin) and uncle Sears MacArthur (guitar) and his brother-in-law Stan Farrell (spoons). Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 1990.
- Out of My Mind by Allan’s great-grand-daughter Vanessa MacArthur - Album title: MacArthur Drive.
- A Mhàiri Dhubh by Allan MacArthur sang this song along with three of his sons, George, John and Martin. Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 1969.
- Pat Murphy’s Meadow by Margaret Bennett, . Album Title: In the Sunny Long Ago
- King George IV (strathspey), Muileann Dubh (reel) by Leonard & Sears MacArthur. Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 1990.
- Saturday Night Ceilidh by Allan’s grand-daughter Loretta Cormier - Album title: The Cormiers
- Bha Mi ’n Raoir ag Òl by Allan’s son Martin Margaret Bennett Folklore Archive Collection, 2007.
- Cock o’ the North Pipe set by Allan MacArthur -
Margaret Bennett, 1969.
Also See Margaret Bennett - The Newfoundland Gaels Complete Recordings Archive: The Legacy of Allan MacArthur, Codroy Valley