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Moncton RCMP Shootings

On June 4, 2014, social media lit up with unconfirmed reports of a shooter on the loose in Moncton, New Brunswick. The reports turned out to be true, and a…

Reacting to the Discovery of Songs

Over the past few months, I’ve been delighted to receive an increasing number of visitor comments. What has been particularly interesting to me is the number of people who have…

100 Years since the Newfoundland Sealing Disasters

It’s been a hundred years since the Newfoundland and Southern Cross disasters occurred, both of which inspired a significant number of songs. I have found that it is rare to…

Resources 1

My intention is for this to be the first of a number of posts about useful resources that relate in some way to disaster songs. In this post, I introduce…

A Song in Any Other Language

A quick look through this site might suggest that I am only collecting English-language disaster songs, but that is not the case. If you look carefully, you’ll find songs in…

Licensing Music for Educational Purposes

I have thrown myself in the deep end and decided to develop a museum exhibit about Nova Scotia mining disaster songs. I really know nothing about exhibit development, but I…

Disaster Song “Templates”

With more than 500 songs in my database now, I can see that there is a typical disaster song, what I call a “template.” A significant number of disaster songs…

On Collecting Disaster Songs

A few people have asked how we found the songs in our collection. My colleague, Joe Scanlon, who initiated the project, began with a thread on the excellent online folk…

Soundless Songs?

I have to say that I’ve been surprised but delighted to find that this website consistently gets hundreds of hits each month, often as many as a thousand. So I…

Website Updates

Happy new year! To start the year, I want to (re)introduce the disastersongs.ca website. I’ve been working with a new designer, Marc Musial, to update the site to make it…

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