Jerome: Just One More Song!

Jerome: Just One More Song!


  • Author(s): Margaret Bennett
  • Genre(s): Custom & Folklore Newfoundland, Canada
  • Publisher: Grace Note Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-907676-13-0 (hbk) - 978-1-907676-15-4 (pbk)


Jerome Just One More Song!: 

Local, Social & Political History in the Repertoire of a Newfoundland-Irish Singer

Jerome Downey was born in Western Newfoundland in 1923 and lived all his life in the Codroy Valley. Of Irish descent, his family had lived among Scotch, French, English and Mi’Kmaq for longer than any of them cared to tell, sharing all aspects of life in a vibrant community set in ‘the Garden of Newfoundland’. While hard work and self-sufficiency were taken for granted among these close-knit farmers, fishermen, woodsmen and hunters, their daily lives were punctuated by songs, poems, recitations and stories.

“The greatest thing in the world, you know, is music – if the Lord made anything any better, He kept it to Himself!” – Jerome Downey 

Wherever there was a ‘kitchen time’ or ceilidh, Jerome was a real favourite – ‘when it came to songs, there was nobody could touch him’. Had he been born into the new generation of talented, well-trained, widely travelled Celtic music stars, however, he would still shine in their world. This timeless collection, recorded in 1980 by folklorists Kenneth S. Goldstein and Margaret Bennett, is a tribute to Jerome, whose voice, singing style and unfailing ability to capture an audience are a testimony to what it means to have ‘star quality’.

He’s an outstanding singer, a singer’s singer, effortless and melodic. When you listen to this man you get an insight into something that’s older and very valid today.”Cathal McConnell 



MP3 Folksong Collection


The Song and story
(audio sample)

01-Labrador Rose
02-The Badger Drive
03-The Anti-Confederation Song
04-The Bachelors Lament
05-Paul E. Hall story
06-Pat Malone Forgot that He Was Dead
07-The Road to Dundee
08-John Park he had Nar’ One
09-There’s a Bridle Hanging on the Wall
10-Teaching McFadden to Waltz
11-Five Boss Highway
12-Employment Song
13-I am a Roving Peddler
14-Galway Shawl
15-Mary Kate White
16-Paddy Haggerty’s Old Leather Breeches
17-Come All Ye Jolly Hunters
18-The Cameron Men
19 -On the Wings of a Dove
20 - On the Wings of a Dove
21-The Sealers’ Song
22-Winnie MacNeil
23-The Thomas Cat
24-Micky Jim MacNeil
26-Wee Cooper o’ Fife

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