Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne sing The Trawlin’ Trade on a Cow Head beach

Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne are Newfoundland and Labrador traditional music legends, and no strangers to Gros Morne. This pair of island touring road warriors spent a week touring up and down the west coast of Newfoundland in August 2015, with performances in Trout River, Woody Point, Cow Head and more.

After their performance at Who’s Darkening Our Door at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Jim and Fergus met me “out on the head” in Cow Head to record an Old Crow Music Session where they performed The Trawlin’ Trade from their CD How Good Is Me Life!

From the CD about The Trawlin’ Trade:

English songwriter John Conolly’s homage to the hard-working men who toil away in what is still one of the most dangerous occupations provides an excellent description of fishing life. You can practically smell the fish, feel the salt spray in your face, and the boat rock back and forth under your feet.

Click here to see another song from Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, Waltz Around The Cape.


Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador‘s Gros Morne Theatre Festival runs from June to September in Cow Head, NL. Learn more about the festival at their website, theatrenewfoundland.com.

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane is a digital storyteller and the creative director of Old Crow Magazine. Tom's photography and videography work can be found at tomcochranephoto.com. Tom is based in Newfoundland, Canada.