Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne perform on the beach in Cow Head

Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, legends in Newfoundland and Labrador traditional music, spent a week in August 2015 touring the west coast of Newfoundland, including gigs throughout Gros Morne National Park. One of those gigs was with Gros Morne Theatre Festival’s Who’s Darkening Our Door, a weekly concert series featuring artists from throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

Following that performance, Fergus and Jim met us on the beach out “on the head” in Cow Head for an Old Crow Music Session. This is Waltz Around The Cape, written by Jim and featured on Jim and Fergus’ CD How Good Is Me Life! The CD describes the song as:

Jim has spent a lot of time at sea in the past few years. having circumnavigated Newfoundland several times, gone through the Northwest Passage in both directions, been back and forth to Greenland and gone from Tierra del Fuego to the Antarctic Peninsula and back several times. This song was written while crossing Baffin Bay on the Akademik Ioffe, a Russian hydrographic acoustic research vessel under charter to Peregrine Adventures, and thinking that maybe there just weren’t enough songs about sailors missing loved ones at home.

Learn more and Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne at their website.


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.