Archive for the Category ‘News’

A Song in Any Other Language

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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”

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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?

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

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

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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…

Songs from Central Newfoundland

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I was recently interviewed by CBC in Gander and, in preparation, came up with a list of songs from central NL. I thought that some people might be interested in…

Sago Disaster Songs

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Hi everyone! I’m one of Heather Sparling’s research assistants this summer and have been working on this disaster songs project with her. Last week, under Heather’s direction, I began searching…

What is a Disaster? – Part 2

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Making decisions about what songs to include or exclude in this project has certainly illuminated how challenging it can be to draw firm lines around a definition. We have to…

What is a Disaster?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

One cannot talk about disaster songs without understanding what we mean by “disaster.” Not surprisingly, this is a complex and contested question amongst academics. First, it is important to understand…