A Fisherman’s Son (Skipper’s Song)


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This song tells the story of a displaced Newfoundland family that had to leave home and go elsewhere to make a living and the return of the grown-up young son to raise his family in Newfoundland, as he promised his father.

The song was inspired by working with the Newfoundland group Hamilton Sound on a song called ‘The Whistle Don’t Blow’ (The Bell Island Miner’s Song). While producing the song for the group, and thinking about the close down of the mines on Bell Island, Jim began reflecting on the broader issue of the cod moratorium and ‘A Fisherman’s Son’ was born.