The Irish Descendants have the song Murphy Broke The Pledge on their 1998 album, Rollin' Home. It seems obvious from the lyrics that hob-nailed bouchers are some sort of footwear, but I have been unable to find a definition for the word bouchers. Is it perhaps a misspelling, or is someone familiar with it? Here are the lyrics from GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador.
Also, can anyone put a first name to the author, Burke? The Dictionary of Newfoundland English attributes the song to him with the date 1894. Is it Johnny?