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The Mad Whittler, Gaylon Jeep Wilcox Sep 2011

The Mad Whittler, Gaylon Jeep Wilcox

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“The Mad Whittler” is about Rangeley’s former dump, which may not sound like a traditional subject for poetry. The dump was, before being closed, a major attraction where people from all over gathered to watch bears forage.


Man Made Lake, Gaylon "Jeep" Wilcox Sep 2011

Man Made Lake, Gaylon "Jeep" Wilcox

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“Man Made lake” is a commentary on the flooding of a twenty-five mile stretch of the Dead River in Western Maine, which submerged Flagstaff Plantation, Dead River Plantation, and Bigelow Township


Life On The Farm In The Old Days, Sunny Stutzman Aug 2011

Life On The Farm In The Old Days, Sunny Stutzman

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Sunny Stutzman's story relates some basic differences between life on the farm in the old days and now, but also generally differences between life on the farm and anywhere else in society.


Acadian Food, Michael Corbin Aug 2008

Acadian Food, Michael Corbin

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In short, Acadians did not allow harsh weather, poor soil conditions, and an uncertain (or even hostile) political conditions to limit their culinary choices.


Learning Family Healing Traditions, Natalia Bragg Aug 2008

Learning Family Healing Traditions, Natalia Bragg

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The story told here explains the process of teaching traditional medicine to a new generation. In Natalia Bragg's case, it was something of an accident.


Building Peapods, Eric Dow Mar 2004

Building Peapods, Eric Dow

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Eric Dow talks about how he came to build the type of boat known as a “peapod.”


Flunking A Test & Hiroshima, Lydia Franz Apr 2002

Flunking A Test & Hiroshima, Lydia Franz

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The stories recounted here by Lydia Franz concern her experience in the United States Army as a cryptanalyst during World War II.


The First Manure-Pitch, Mort Mather Sep 2000

The First Manure-Pitch, Mort Mather

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The Common Ground Country Fair (CGCF or “the Fair”) is Maine’s signature celebration of rural living, organic food and agriculture, and local enterprise.


Boat Launch, Pete Mcfarland Dec 1997

Boat Launch, Pete Mcfarland

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Maine has a long and broad tradition of boat building, and in many coastal towns boat launches were a social event.


The Ounegan Mill Strike, Richard Davies Nov 1996

The Ounegan Mill Strike, Richard Davies

Maine Song and Story Sampler

This story describes a strike that took place at the Ounegan Woolen Mill in Old Town and explains how students at the University of Maine became involved.


The Little Mohea, Harvey Gurney Apr 1991

The Little Mohea, Harvey Gurney

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Little Mohea," also known by many other names and spellings, is an old song that likely developed from an older English broadside song known as "The Indian Lass." Most folklorists agree that "Mohea" probably developed in its American form among sailors, and some even point to whaling ships specifically.


Bye-Bye Longjohns, Jim Cahill, Dot Ruppell Jan 1991

Bye-Bye Longjohns, Jim Cahill, Dot Ruppell

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Bye-Bye Longjohns" is a musical representation of how most Mainers feel by the time March rolls around. For some, this feeling comes even earlier. The song was written in western Maine over the course of the late twentieth century.


The Spring Of ‘65, Eddie Rollins Jan 1991

The Spring Of ‘65, Eddie Rollins

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In the old days of the Maine Lumberwoods, March and April marked the end of cutting and hauling lumber for the winter. As loggers came out of the woods, either before returning for the river drives or just headed home until next Winter, many made their way to cities and went on drunken sprees that became legendary.


Krakoviak, John Supruniuk Jan 1991

Krakoviak, John Supruniuk

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Krakoviak" is a tune named after a style of dance that originated in the area around Kraków in southern Poland (there the dance is called krakowiak). The tune heard here is one of many variants of the song to which the dance is performed.


Jag Har En Vän (I Have A Friend), Chester Ringdahl Jan 1990

Jag Har En Vän (I Have A Friend), Chester Ringdahl

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Jag har en van" is an old Swedish pietistic hymn, with words and music written by Nils Frykman in 1895. Swedish hymn writer Nils Frykman was part of the Swedish Free Church movement in old Sweden during the second half of the 19th century.


Mail Story, Albert "Cap" Collins Jul 1988

Mail Story, Albert "Cap" Collins

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In this story, Albert "Hap" Collins talks about his maternal grandfather who worked as a mail carrier, delivering mail from the mainland to Long Island in Blue Hill Bay.


Raatikko, Walfred Hamari Jan 1988

Raatikko, Walfred Hamari

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Raatikko" is a traditional Finnish song and dance. The song tells of a mountain in southern Finland, Kyöpelinvuori, which is known in Finnish mythology as the place haunted by the spirits of virgins who die young.


Youpe! Youpe! Sur La Riviere!, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Parent Jan 1980

Youpe! Youpe! Sur La Riviere!, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Parent

Maine Song and Story Sampler

A home-made song from Quebec, Youpe! came to Maine the same way many other songs traveled through Maine and the eastern Canadian provinces: with lumbermen who crossed the border in both directions. It was especially popular among French-Canadian lumberjacks who adapted to their own use an earlier song called "Le p'tit bois d'lail."


Herring And Pollock, William Lawrence Jan 1979

Herring And Pollock, William Lawrence

Maine Song and Story Sampler

To say that “Herring and Pollock” is a fish story is an understatement.


Green Corn Dance, Teresa Sappier Jan 1976

Green Corn Dance, Teresa Sappier

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The "Green Corn Dance" (or simply "Corn Dance") is a Penobscot song and dance tradition based on the legend of the first mother that tells of the origin of important horticultural plants. Briefly, the legend tells how first mother was sad because there was no food for her children.


The Auto Rest Park, Reid Hand Apr 1975

The Auto Rest Park, Reid Hand

Maine Song and Story Sampler

For several decades, one of the most popular entertainment venues in the Bangor area was a place called the Auto Rest Park located on Rt. 2 in Carmel.


The International Boundary Line, Jim Connors Jan 1972

The International Boundary Line, Jim Connors

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The story heard here provides a humorous but fictional explanation of how the Maine-Canada border came to be established, particularly the straight section in the northwestern corner.


Phone Call To Hitler, Georgie Orcutt Jan 1972

Phone Call To Hitler, Georgie Orcutt

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The story heard here centers around the early-ish years of the telephone and the under-researched history of prank calls.


Tom Gardner’S Stories, Jim Connors Jan 1972

Tom Gardner’S Stories, Jim Connors

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The story heard here actually consists of two short stories, both told by Tom Gardner, a famous Maine Guide from Allagash.


The Wabassus Cannonball, George Macarthur Oct 1969

The Wabassus Cannonball, George Macarthur

Maine Song and Story Sampler

George MacArthur's song, "The Wabassus Cannonball," is a musical parody of the well-known American folk song "The Wabash Cannonball." The original song is about a fictional train and MacArthur's tune tells the story of how he and a friend, fellow guide Hazen Bagley, outsmarted two wardens and a judge to avoid a conviction for poaching.


The Irish Patriot, Dale Potter Apr 1969

The Irish Patriot, Dale Potter

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Irish Patriot" is a mysterious song. Judging by the title alone, one would guess it is of Irish origin, and after listening, the story told in the ballad would seem to confirm this suspicion. However, the song has only ever been collected in Maine, where it was likely a popular song among woodsmen, and the Maritime provinces of Canada.


The Picnic At Groshaut, Art Cahill Apr 1968

The Picnic At Groshaut, Art Cahill

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In Drive Dull Care Away: Folksongs from Prince Edward Island, Sandy Ives wrote, "This is one of those local songs you have to know something about ahead of time before it makes much sense, and the singing of it will almost always lead to comment on what really happened."


The Champion Of Moose Hill, Raymond Mace Jan 1968

The Champion Of Moose Hill, Raymond Mace

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“The Champion of Moose Hill” tells the true, comic story of a dance gone awry for one poor, inebriated soul.


The Banks Of Newfoundland, Mabel Worcester Jul 1967

The Banks Of Newfoundland, Mabel Worcester

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Banks of Newfoundland" is the title of at least six different songs. These are not variations on a single tune, but entirely different songs with different airs and lyrics. All share a common theme - the dangers of fishing or sailing off the coast of Newfoundland - but none are very similar.


Pumpkin Seed Tea Cure, Elsie Diamond Smith Apr 1967

Pumpkin Seed Tea Cure, Elsie Diamond Smith

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In the short anecdote heard here, Elsie Smith explains her experience with pumpkin seed tea and how she saw it work.