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Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Nov-22 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The H'emmer Jane
Subject: RE: Origins: The H'emmer Jane
The Canadian Museum of History posted a recording of "H'emmer Jane" performed by Lloyd Soper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdfO5dREGSQ
Notes: The tune for “H’emmer Jane,” is derived from the 1850s music hall song “Villikens and His Dinah,” composed originally as a parody of a traditional ballad. In the ensuing years the melody was readily employed for a range of parodic commentaries. A distinguishing feature of “H’emmer Jane” is that it should be purposefully sung in a dramatic manner. Moreover, affected accents are integral to the performance. “H’emmer Jane” is significant historically because it was one of a group of songs that became part of a series of musical exchanges taking place between Newfoundland and Canada around the time of Confederation and during the growth of a newfound interest in the Canadian folksong (Rosenberg, 1994). Singer Ed McCurdy (1912-2000) performed “H’emmer Jane” on a special inaugural CBC program called Welcome to Newfoundland, which aired on April 1, 1949, the day after Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation. That version McCurdy had apparently collected in British Columbia (Guigné, 2004: 184). In 1959, the popular singer and broadcaster Omar Blondahl recorded the song for his album Songs of the Sea and Shore (1959) and he later included it in Newfoundlanders Sing (1964: 105).