“The Avondale Disaster (I) (The Mines of Avondale)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: mining disaster death
Found in: US(MA) Canada(Newf)


Flames are seen outside the Avondale mines; the miners' families realize there is a fire below. The two men who enter the mine find all the miners suffocated. Over one hundred men die


Much the more common of the Avondale Disaster songs (which Laws calls independent ballads, though there are strong similarities between the two which may imply common influence), this one is characterized by the fairly fixed first stanza, "Good Christians all, both great and small, I pray you lend an ear / And listen with attention while the truth I will declare; / When you hear this lamentation it will cause you to weep and wail / About the suffocation in the mines of Avondale." - RBW

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  1. Laws G6, "The Avondale Mine Disaster I"
  2. Greenleaf/Mansfield 60, "Mines of Avondale" (1 text)
  3. Leach-Labrador 106, "The Mines of Avondale" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Leach, pp. 783-785, "The Avondale Mine Disaster" (1 text)
  5. Friedman, p. 307, "The Avondale Mine Disaster" (1 text)
  6. Lomax-FSNA 64, "The Avondale Mine Disaster" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Darling-NAS, pp. 215-218, "The Avondale Mine Disaster" (1 text)
  8. DT 713, AVONDAL1
  9. Roud #698
  10. BI, LG06