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‘Forgotten songs’ of outport Newfoundland discovered again


Kennett Peacock’s three-volume 1965 collection “Songs of the Newfoundland Outports” has had a tremendous influence on singers in the province.

The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kennett Peacock's Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951-1961

A new work by Anna Guigné has brought together the best of the remaining unpublished material from Peacock’s 1951-1961 field collection.

Guigné is an independent folklorist and adjunct professor affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland’s ethnomusicology program.

Recently published by the University of Ottawa Press and the Canadian Museum of History as part of the Mercury Series, “The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports” features 127 songs arranged under 115 titles with song notes and biographies of the 58 different singers.

It is hoped the book will raise awareness of Peacock’s contribution to Canada’s musical collections and revive interest in his research into the music of outport Newfoundland.

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