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Thread #43126   Message #1307707
Posted By: GUEST,Ian Robb
26-Oct-04 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Rose in June
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Rose in June
Just a couple of extra words about the Labrador-collected Rose in June. First of all, my old pal Louis Killen must have imposed some Geordie phonetics on the French name of Bill Dobbins's home town. There is no such place as "Blas se blanc". His home was Blanc-Sablon, on the north shore of the Strait of Belle Isle, near the Québec-Labrador border, but actually in the province of Québec on my map. Dr Goldstein's widow Rochelle recently showed me a listing of his work which confirmed this.

Another version of the same song was collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland, from a singer called Lawrence Hutchins. This version, text and tune, can be found in the National Library of Canada. It has only one verse of the interposed hymn, and it is noted as a "prayer", which seems to indicate that it was spoken rather than sung.