Robert French was one of Sister Poulin’s main sources of folksongs. He learned a large portion (if not all) of the songs he knew from his grandfather, a lumberman and singer from the glory days of the Maine woods, as a teenager. Like his grandfather, Robert French went to work in the woods, but due to some sort of injury he was forced to retire early from woods work.
Sister Poulin, lumberman, singer, woods, Maine, "Canaday-I-O", "Old Horse or The Sailor’s Grace"
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French, Robert, "Robert French" (2012). Maine Song and Story Sampler Artists. 41.
“Old Horse” or “The Sailor’s Grace” and “Canaday-I-O” collected by Sister Poulin.