Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Canadians have always found time to kick back, relax, and party! Fiddler Jean Carignan (1916–88) and friends capture the spirit of the soirée or veillée in old Québec, performing three familiar French Canadian chansons à répondre (response songs): "Les fraises et les framboises," "Le festin de campagne," and "Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser." Listen for the hint of turlutte (mouth music) in the last song!

"The Northern Trappers' Rendezvous," written and performed by the Loewen Family Orchestra, depicts residents of The Pas, Manitoba, out on the town dancing at the Northern Manitoba Trapper's Festival-one of Canada's oldest winter festivals-to escape cabin fever.

Tom Kines (1922–94) sings the popular Irish music-hall song "Tim Finnegan's Wake," in which Shillelagh Law erupts at the wake of a tippling hod carrier and drunken mourners accidentally revive the corpse.


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Songs and Dances of Quebec (FW06951, 1956)

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Songs and Ballads of Northern Saskatchewan and Northern Mani...

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An Irishman in North Americay (FW03522, 1962)

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