Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 77: Folk Music of Newfoundland and Labrador


Hello, fellow musical globetrotters! Can you believe it? We’ve reached the final destination of our extraordinary journey – Newfoundland and Labrador. In this concluding episode of our “Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music” summer series, we dive into the rich artistry of folk music that echoes through the charming landscapes of this Canadian province.

**Collect Your Final Stamp:**
As we bid adieu to our global exploration, make sure to grab the last stamp for your musical passport. Download your passport and this episode’s stamp, sealing your participation in this melodic adventure that has taken us to the far corners of the world.

**Episode #77: A Musical Tapestry from Newfoundland and Labrador:**
Our musical sojourn brings us to the eastern shores of Canada, where the folk music of Newfoundland and Labrador is deeply intertwined with the region’s Celtic roots. Drawing influences from Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, the earliest settlers found solace in music – from church hymns and fiddling to ballads and tunes brought over from Europe.

**Preserving Stories Through Song:**
Folk music in this maritime province serves as a living testament to the stories, tragedies, and unique experiences of its communities. Passed down orally from generation to generation, the warmth and welcoming spirit of the people are reflected in the tunes that echo through the picturesque landscapes.

**A Multifaceted Musical Legacy:**
From the 19th-century church choirs to military and civilian bands, Newfoundland and Labrador embraced diverse musical influences. The Moravian missionaries introduced Protestant spiritual music to Labrador, where choirs and brass bands flourished. However, it’s important to note the unfortunate erasure of the original music of the indigenous Inuit tribes during this process.

**Reflecting on Our Global Journey:**
As we conclude this musical odyssey, take a moment to reflect on the incredible diversity of folk music we’ve explored together. From the rhythmic beats of Indonesia to the soulful melodies of Italy, each episode has been a harmonious celebration of the world’s musical tapestry.

**Thank You for the Musical Memories:**
A heartfelt thank you to our young listeners, parents, and music enthusiasts for joining me on this unforgettable journey. I hope this series has ignited a lifelong love for global music exploration and appreciation.

**Until Our Next Musical Adventure:**
Although our summer series may be coming to a close, the world of music is boundless. Stay tuned for more exciting episodes from Busy Kids Love Music, where every musical note is a gateway to discovery and joy.

Safe travels, musical explorers!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Newfoundland & Labrador Stamp

Visit Indonesia

Visit Peru

Visit Morocco

Visit Ital

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove

Catch The Wind

Great Big Sea – The Banks of Newfoundland

I’se The B’y – Great Big Sea – Lyrics

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 77

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes music from today’s episode as well as additional folk music from Newfoundland & Labrador. You can view the videos I’ve complied here.

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