Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest – Volume 2

Steel Workers Lament
  1. 1. Steel Workers Lament
  2. 2. Miner’s Wife
  3. 3. Cape Breton Miner and Besco
  4. 4. Daughters Awake
  5. 5. The Voice of the Worker
  6. 6. Friday Evening
  7. 7. An Seann Tigh Sgoil
  8. 8. A Cape Breton Lament
  9. 9. Steel Winds
  10. 10. Stronger then Steel
  11. 11. Down at Sydney Steel
  12. 12. The Wearing of the Red
  13. 13. Whatever It Takes
  14. 14. Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves
  15. 15. Michael’s Tune
  16. 16. Stand the Gaff
  17. 17. Blackheart’s of the Company
  18. 18. Quaint Harbour
  19. 19. Trampin’ Down the Highway
  20. 20. Doscomocracy
  21. 21. The Ballad of Slim McInnis

Cape Breton Island Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest

Cape Breton University’s Centre for Cape Breton Studies has collaborated with some of the region’s best musicians to reproduce a second album of songs from the Island’s rich industrial heritage. Cape Breton Island Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest, an initiative by Dr. Richard MacKinnon, will be launched during the East Coast Music Awards week.

This is part two of a program to preserve, promote and make available the steel, mining and protest songs of the region. It tells stories about the struggles to survive strikes and hard times, the courage of workers wives, the fight by trade unionists and the oppression of international company owners.

In 2012, the Centre released the CD “Cape Breton Island Protest Songs, Volume 1” along with an accompanying web site (www.protestsongs.ca).
It was also a collaboration between MacKinnon and Cape Breton musicians to record songs that were originally published in Cape Breton newspapers such as the Maritime Labour Herald, The Steelworker and the Steelworker and Miner from the 1920s through to the 1950s. MacKinnon found the words and the musicians created the arrangements and music.

The new CD includes 21 songs selected from the many collected. Some were written as early as 1910, some from the strike era of the 1920s, and others more recently composed by former steelworkers, coal miners and professional Cape Breton musicians. The accompanying web site has historical and contextual information and includes recorded bonus tracks.

The Ballad of Slim McInnis // The Ballad of Slim McInnis - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  1. The Ballad of Slim McInnis // The Ballad of Slim McInnis - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  2. Doscomocracy // Doscomocracy - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  3. Trampin’ Down the Highway // Trampin’ Down the Highway - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  4. Quaint Harbour // Quaint Harbour - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  5. Blackheart’s of the Company // Blackheart’s of the Company - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  6. Stand the Gaff // Stand the Gaff - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  7. Michael’s Tune // Michael’s Tune - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  8. Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves // Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  9. Whatever It Takes // Whatever It Takes - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  10. The Wearing of the Red // The Wearing of the Red - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  11. Down at Sydney Steel // Sydney Steel - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  12. Stronger then Steel // Stronger then Steel - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  13. Steel Winds // Steel Winds - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  14. A Cape Breton Lament // A Cape Breton Lament - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  15. An Seann Tigh Sgoil // An Seann Tigh Sgoil - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  16. Friday Evening // Ian MacDougall - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  17. The Voice of the Worker // The Voice of the Worker - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  18. Daughters Awake // Daughters Awake - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  19. Cape Breton Miner and Besco // Cape Breton Miner and Besco - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  20. Miner’s Wife // Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  21. Steel Workers Lament // Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest