Concerning One Summer in Bonay I Spent

DESCRIPTION: The singer -- and others from all over Newfoundland -- congregated in "Bonay" one summer for wood "rhind" and fishing. The singer pokes fun at the girls that went along and at the men dressing up to meet them.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1940 (Doyle)
KEYWORDS: courting work fishing
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Doyle2, p. 33, "Concerning One Summer in Bonay I Spent" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle3, p. 21, "Concerning One Summer in Bonay I Spent" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle4, p. 20, "Concerning One Summer in Bonay I Spent" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle5, p. 15, "Concerning One Summer in Bonay I Spent" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, p. 29, "Concerning One Summer in Bonay" (1 text, 1 tune)
Guigne, pp. 92-94, "Concerning One Spring in Bonay" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mills, pp. 46-47, "Concerning One Summer In Bonay I Spent" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #7292
RECORDINGS:
Omar Blondahl, "Concerning One Summer in Bonay" (on NFOBlondahl03)
NOTES [90 words]: Doyle mentions that the song was written by a "simple fisherman" and that "Bonay" is in the Strait of Belle Isle which separates Newfoundland from Labrador. - SH
Peter Neary and Patrick O'Flaherty, Part of the Main: An Illustrated History of Newfoundland and Labrador, Breakwater Books, 1983, p. 125, mentions this song, and says that "Bonay" is shorthand for Bonne Esperance in Quebec. Despite being part of Canada rather than Newfoundland, it was one of the important centers of the Labrador fishery in the late nineteenth century. - RBW
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