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Boer War Era Music - 1899 - 1902
|Henry Burr (1885-1941): "Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight" 1918 - Verse 1
You are listening to an original recording from the early 1900s featuring one of Canada's very first recording artists, Henry Burr, singing our television program's theme song, "Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight." Henry Burr from New Brunswick, started recording in 1902 while in his teens, and, with some 12,000 recordings to his credit, was the most prolific recording artist of his generation. (Verse 1 Page 6, Verse 2 Page 7, Verse 3 Page 8)
You can hear these earliest Canadian recordings on our program's soundtrack.
|The Gramophone - an early record player - had been patented in Canada in 1897, so during the Boer War (1899-1902), Canadians were playing popular songs on 7 and 10 inch 78 rpm, black, brown and maroon records.|
The Canadian Recordings, Singers, & Songs of the Boer War Era
all featured in various versions on the pages of the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum
|37 - Abide With Me 1920
13 - After They Gather the Hay
92 - All Through the Night 1902
12 - Annie Laurie 1901
28 - Break the News to Mother 1918
15 - Bring Back My Bonnie to Me 1901
70 - Bye and Bye You Will Forget Me
19 - Canadian Medley 1904
17 - Darling Nellie Gray 1920
22 - God Be With You Till We Meet Again 1902
66 - God Save the King 1901
5 - Goodbye Dolly Gray 1901
23 - I'll Be With You When the Roses Bloom Again 1902
18 - Liberty Bell March 1904
38 - Little Boy in Blue 1902
69 - Maple Leaf Forever 1902
71 - My Old Kentucky Home 1901
31 - Nearer My God to Thee 1901 (Macdonough)
10 - Nearer My God to Thee 1901 (Burr)
|26 - Orange Free State Anthem 2000
90 - Oh Canada 1908
39 - Onward Christian Soldiers 1902
72 - Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Saviour 1905
16 - Red Wing
53 - Reel de Fiset
11 - Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep 1902
64 - Safe in the Arms of Jesus
25 - Rule Brittania
68 - Scottish Reminiscences 1902
4 - Seeing Nellie Home
24 - Shall We Meet Beyond the River 1902
33 - Silver Threads Among the Gold 1915
14 - Soldiers of the Queen 1902
3 - When the Roll is Called Up Yonder 1902
50 - When You and I Were Young Maggie
6 - Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight 1901 (Burr)
44 - Where is My Wandering Boy 1901(Macdonough)
02 - Feedback - Whispering Hope 1920
Canadian Musical Treasures from the Boer War Era
Songs recorded by Canada's very first recording artists between 1901 and 1905, are used in a number of ways on our sound track. These include:
-"Goodbye Dolly Gray" - which Canadian Gramophones were playing as the volunteers joined up to rally to the flag and the Mother Country.
- "All Through the Night" - as the British and Boer dead and wounded lay all night atop Spion Kop after a day long battle on this "Acre of Massacre".
- "Shall We Gather at the River" - as the British army, leaving thousands of its dead and wounded behind, retreated across the Tugela River after the disastrous defeat at Spion Kop.
- "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" - as the Canadian Contingents are cheered off to war at Halifax, and as the Canadians leave their dead behind in lonely African graves after their terms of service was up.
- "Rule Britannia" - expresses the continuing British resolve to win and the fervent goal of Lord Roberts as his triumphant army entered the captured Boer capitals, only to find that in fact it was the Boers who were "ruling" the countryside outside the towns, which prolonged the war for two more years.
- "The Maple Leaf Forever" - which the Canadians of the Royal Canadian Regiment sang as their ship entered the harbour in Cape Town. The Maple Leaf Forever was Canada's unofficial national anthem and was sung at every possible opportunity.
- "My Old Kentucky Home" - which the homesick Canadians sang as My Old Canadian Home as their term of service came to an end and they were longing for "the beautiful clean snows of Old Canada."
- "Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight" - the haunting recording which we used as a theme song for the Canadian fallen after Paardeberg and the signature song closing each program. It expresses well, the poignant private emotional torment of men, women, and children down through the ages for husbands, sons, and brothers who never returned from the battlefield.
To hear other Canadian singers from 100 years ago sing other recordings from the period go to:
The Virtual Gramophone is a department of the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, ON, which restores these old recordings and makes them available to interested parties.
From the Soundtrack of
"The Great Anglo-Boer War: the Canadian Experience 1899 - 1902"
Canada's First Ever Recorded Band Music
|One of Canada's very first record labels from c 1902, the highly distinctive plaid 78 rpm gramophone label of the Kilties band from Belleville, ON featured on our soundtrack.|
The Pipes & Drums of the 48th Highlanders
|Want to hear the band that accompanied the Canadian Boer War volunteers to the train station in Toronto a hundred years ago? And greeted their return a year later? Luckily you can. The band is still with us (left).
Get the CD and listen to this phenomenally moving sound experience and discover why Celtic peoples of Europe and Great Britain thrill to their very core when the massed bagpipes skirl into action.
Listen to the masterful orchestrations of Pipe Major Alexander "Sandy" Dewar, C.D. (left), and Drum Major Larry Fullerton.
And hear a wonderful potpourri of almost 40 of the most moving pipe arrangements you will ever hear, including the achingly beautiful Rose of Kelvingrove, the awesome Highland Cathedral, the marvellous Song for Mary, as well as sad laments, and peppy reels and strathspeys, mixed in with old favourites. Discover the wild Scot you never knew was in you!
Definitely NOT for Christians only.
Produced by Fanfare Records
The Pipes and Drums of the 48th Highlanders were formed in 1891 and won the North American Band Championship, in 1993 at Maxville, ON.
|CONTENTS: Amazing Grace, March Strathspey Reel, Hugh Kennedy, Maggie Cameron, Thompson's Dirk, Kenneth J. MacLeod, Capt. E.E.B. Towse, VC, Shall We Gather at the River, In the Sweet Bye and Bye, Highland Cathedral, Now is the Hour, Ode to Joy, Lord of the Dance, Simple Gifts, Sou Gan, Oft in the Stilley Night, Morag of Dunvegan, The Lord is My Shepherd, Dr. MacInne's Fancy, Finlay M. MacRae, Fiddler's Joy, Maids of the Black Glen, Walter Sammon's Grandmother, Cup o' Tea, the Whistling Postman, The Millbank, Hesson Run, Nearer My God to Thee, Pie Jesu, The Day Thou Gavest, Going Home, the Rose of Kelvingrove, Abide With Me, The Dark Island, Faith of Our Fathers, Bugles Last Post, Flowers of the Forest, Bugles Reveille, Song for Mary, the Irish Guards Welcome to Toronto, The Battle of Waterloo, Flett from Flotta.|
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