A M B E R G L A D E   M U S I C

65 Mahoney’s Beach Road

Harbour Centre.  Antigonish, Nova Scotia

B2G 2L2



Jack O’Donnell and The Men of the Deeps



New!  In spring 2009 Amberglade Music will publish The Music of the Men of the Deeps: Selected Songs from the Repertoire of North America’s Only Coal Miners Choir.  This collection of 44 songs* contains lyrics, melody lines, guitar chords and piano accompaniment.  Copies will be available in select retail outlets or by writing to:


Amberglade Music

65 Mahoney’s Beach Road

Harbour Centre, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

B3G 2L2




Musical Arrangements

The following male choir arrangements (TTBB) are currently available from Amberglade Music:

(Songs marked with an * are contained in the publication The Music of the Men of the Deeps: Selected Songs from the Repertoire of North America’s Only Coal Miners Choir)


Abide With Me (Henry Francis Lyte)

*Are You From Bevin? (Traditional: collected by Phil Thomas)

*Away From The Roll Of The Sea (by Allister MacGillivray)

*The Ballad of Joe Hill (by Earl Robinson & Alfred Hayes)

*The Ballad of Springhill (by Peggy Seeger)

*Billy, Come With Me (by Leon Dubinsky)

*The Cape Breton Coal Miners (by Ray Holland)

*The Chain Runner Song (Traditional)

*Christmas in the Mine (by Paul White)

Christmas Trilogy: A Cappella

 O Christmas Tree, Go Tell It On The Mountain, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

*The Coal By The Sea (by Gerard MacNeil)

*Coal is King Again (by Ray Holland)

*Coal Tattoo (by Billy Ed Wheeler)

*Coal Town Road (by Allister MacGillivray) A Cappella

*Dad’s Old Dinner Pail (Traditional:  collected by John C. O’Donnell)

*Dark as a Dungeon (by Merle Travis)

*Down Among The Coal (Traditional: collected by Roy Palmer) A Cappella

*Down Deep In A Coal Mine (Traditional: collected by George Korson) A Cappella

*Down In The Hillcrest Mine (James Keelaghan)

*Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill (Traditional: collected by Edith Fowke)

Dust In The Air (Traditional: collected from  Johnny Handel) A Cappella

Farewell To The Cotia (by Jock Purdom)

*The Government Store (Traditional: collected by Helen Creighton)

If I Can’t Take the Island with Me (by Aaron Lewis & Shauna Lee MacKillop)

*I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (by Billy Joe Shaver)

*Immigrant Eyes (Roger Murrah & Guy Clark)

Isle Royale (by F.W. Gray) A Cappella

 The Jolly Miner (Traditional: collected by Helen Creighton) A Cappella

*Jolly Wee Miner Men (Traditional: collected by George Korson) A Cappella

*Kelly’s Cove (Traditional)

*Little Pinkie Engine (by John C. O’Donnell and Ida MacAulay)

*The Man With A Torch In His Cap (Leon Dubinsky)

Marco Polo (by Jim Stewart) A Cappella

*Matthew’s Voyage (by Cyril MacPhee et al)

*Men of the Deep (by Bruce Guthro)

*A Miner And A Miner’s Son (by Tony Aucoin)

A Miner’s Lullaby (by Matt McGinn)

*A Miner’s Life (Traditional: collected by George Korson)

*Miners’ Memorial Hymn (“Gresford”) A Cappella

*A Mining Town No More (by Bob Hastings)

*No More Coal (by  Roger Gaspercic & Willy Appermont)

*No. 26 Mining Disaster (by Allister MacGillivray)

*Now That the Work is Done (by J.P. Cormier)

O Canada (Full choir)

*Plain Ole Miner Boy (by Nell Campbell)

*The Pluck Me Store (by Leon Dubinsky and Ida MacAulay)

Rap Her To Bank (Tradtional: collected by Karl Dallas) A Cappella

*Rise Again (by Leon Dubinsky)

*Schoolday’s End (by Ewan MacColl)

She’s Called Nova Scotia (by Rita MacNeil)

*She Loves Her Miner Lad (Traditional)

The Springhill Mine Disaster of 1958 (by Maurice Ruddick) A Cappella

*Song for the Mira (by Allister MacGillivray)

The Star Spangled Banner (Full choir)

*Their Lights Will Shine (by Ron MacDonald)

*Thirty Inch Coal (by Mike Paxton)

The Unknown Miner’s Grave (by Mary O. Chiasson & J.C. O’Donnell) A Cappella

*Working Man (by Rita MacNeil)

*You Raise Me Up (Brendan Graham & Rolf Lovland)


Other Choral Arrangements Currently available:

Dust In The Air (by Johnny Handel) SATB

Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s (by Otto Kelland) SSA

Working Man (by Rita MacNeil) SAB with soprano solo)



Information on the above musical arrangements, including pricing and shipping charges may be obtained by writing to


John C. O’Donnell

65 Mahoney’s Beach Road

Antigonish, Nova Scotia. B3G 2L2



Arrangements which are not ‘a cappella’ include piano accompaniments and/or instrumental charts

Selected recorded samples may be heard at www.menofthedeeps.com