In 1981, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour established the Greening Memorial Fund at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) to embody the respect trade unionists felt for both Brother Raymond Greening (who died in 1980 at the age of 43) and the StFX Extension Department. The Fund has supported a wide variety of educational initiatives that further the goals of the labour movement in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through the administration of the Greening Memorial Fund, StFX Extension is pleased to support the creation of Work, Work, Work: Work and Labour History in Song, a history of working people in Newfoundland and Labrador through music and song.
From the album’s description:
Songs related to work in all its forms have always comprised a significant portion of our traditional music heritage. This project contributes 28 songs not widely heard or recorded — some traditional, some written for or about specific job actions, some especially for this collection — to the repertoire related to the history of work and labour in this province. It is by no means complete or definitive, nor was it meant to be, but the songs and the voices that sing them reflect both historical and contemporary struggles, and celebrate the working people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A concert and celebration at the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Labour Day, September 2, 2019 launched the album.
“Great compilation of music by outstanding talent that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to on the drive home.” – Paul Dinn (Twitter)