# 60. Pat & Joe Byrne w/ Baxter Wareham: Towards The Sunset

Like the previous entry, I had heard this album growing up, but didn’t quite know every song on it. This album gets to be the first traditional Newfoundland album on the blog and it’s a beauty.  These brothers wrote these tunes in the early 80’s, but they sound like they’ve been around for hundreds of years. Dealing with Newfoundland themes and issues like the celebration/loss of the fishery, resettlement/centralization of outport communities and jigs and reels about courting girls, these songs make me pine for Newfoundland the way the singer on “The Rocks of Merasheen” longs for his hometown.  I was literally brought to tears when I revisited this album. It is and will always be one of my favourites.  For anyone looking for a little history of the painful uprooting and resettlement of NL communities, have a listen to the heartfelt and profound lyrics of “The Government Game.

Highlights: “West Moon”  “Pad’s Song

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