A Family Heritage: The Story and Songs of LaRena Clark
New folk music and folk-song materials in this comprehensive study are particularly important for singers, folk music enthusiasts, ethnomusicologists, comparative and cultural studies scholars, and those interested in Canadian culture.
LaRena Clark was a great singer and knew many fine songs. Her wide repertoire covers almost the complete range of types and topics of traditional Anglo-Canadian songs. Comparison with other collections in Canada, the United States, the British Isles, and Australia indicate just how unique and far-reaching it was.
Clark's background and her varied ancestry shaped her repertoire. The account of her parents' activities gives a vivid picture of folk life in rural Ontario during the early years of this century. She knew some Canadian songs previously unreported, and she wrote songs with a strong Canadian flavour.
Musically, Clark's songs are a microcosm of practices characteristic of British folk music throughout the English-speaking world. Particularly noteworthy is her constant reworking of traditional materials, procedures, forms, and individual tunes.
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II LaRenas Story
III The Songs
IV LaRenas Place in Musical Tradition
V Summing Up
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Annie O'Neill ballads Banks British broadside Buckskin Baby Canada Canadian Checklist Child Child Ballads Chorus Clark LCS 112 Clark QC 903 Coll collected come-all-ye ABBA daughter Dean-Smith dear drill Edith Fowke English father ﬁrst Foggy Dew folksong Folkways G D7 G George Riley girl Gordon Grandad Grandad Watson grandfather Green Grows Grey grows the rashes heart Henry has set Highland Mary Irish Jean Ritchie kissed lady Lake Simcoe land LaRena's LaRena's text LaRena’s tune Laws ABBB LCS 112 Clark leamed LeBarres lover lowlands lumbering songs Mantle So Green married melody Miramichi Mixolydian Mohee Molly mother Music Newfoundland night Ontario Pefferlaw phrase pretty fair maid Purslow Records repertoire sang set me free shore sing stanzas sung sweet tarriers thee There's tiddly wink Topic Twas variant versions Washago Willie wink some day ye tarriers young