• Interview with Alfred Vandertie

    Interview with Walloon singer Alfred Vandertie of Algoma, Wis.

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  • C’est l’café

    Sung by Alfred Vandertie, Brussels, Wisconsin, August 24, 1940.

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  • Song in Walloon dialect

    Tie, Al van der (Creator) et al

    Two lovers sat arguing. Two birds in the branches above also argued. Eventually, the two birds stopped their arguing, and the lovers--.

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  • About a young man who went to war

    Beck, Anton de , b. 1866? (Creator) et al

    Belgian A young man went to war in France. When he came home, he asked for lodging from his mother. She received him politely, but she did not recognize him. When she knew it was he, she was satisfied…

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  • About a young married couple

    Ropson, Theuphiel , b. 1871? (Creator) et al

    Belgian This song is about a young married couple who were asked how they felt. "Tell me the news." The answer was, "Since he is married, he doesn't know anything."

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  • About a young man who went away

    Ropson, Theuphiel , b. 1871? (Creator) et al

    Belgian This song is about a young man who went away, and when he passed by his sweetheart he saluted her and asked forgiveness. He went to the town of Villevort and there they gave him black bread an…

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  • Crying holy unto the Lord: Midwestern sacred musical traditions

    Chapter 35 from the book Down Home Dairyland: A listener's guide. With audio file of the corresponding installment of the radio program.

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  • Fifini du Faubourg

    Maes, Desire , b. 1873? (Creator) et al

    Comic folk song in Walloon About a girl who went to a dance where she had a most enjoyable time with her lover. She is a very good dancer: she can dance on a dozen eggs without cracking them.

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  • About a young man at the Front

    Ropson, Theuphiel , b. 1871? (Creator) et al

    Belgian This song is about a young man at the Front. It says being in the war is hard; one would as soon die as not. The young man received a letter from his mother, but had no ink with which to write…

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  • About a young man who was looking for a job

    Beck, Anton de , b. 1866? (Creator) et al

    Belgian These Belgians do not write their language - a Walloon dialect. Mr. Louis Ropson gave the translations. This song is about a young man who was looking for a job. He got a job fixing shoes. The…

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  • Interview with Arthur Renard

    Interview and musical performances with musician Arthur "Zeke" Renard recorded at his home in Duvall, Wisconsin. Song titles include Dji mfou d'ca, dj'a des canadas; N'av nen mi p'tit musicyin?; In he…

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  • I Went to Market

    Sung by Alfred Vandertie, Brussels, Wisconsin, August 24, 1940. Transcription and translation by Francoise Lempereur, 1981.

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