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We have recently lost a great Canadian icon, Stomping Tom Connors, who certainly earned the moniker, Mr. Canada. I have been one of his greatest fans because of his incredible songs about our country and also because he shared his life with Newfoundland dogs. My biggest disappointment was that Stomping Tom never wrote a song about Newfie dogs.

However back in the 1980’s, another icon, Michael T. Wall, the Singing Newfoundlander, also known as Mr. Newfoundland, did oblige. He wrote and recorded Big Old Newfie Dog. Love the whole recording but my favourite part is the back up vocals by Hannibal’s Christmas Knight, better known as C.K. Michael borrowed C.K. from Bev Baker and her late husband, Ed. Christmas Knight was already a celebrity in Scarborough, participating in many public events, including his role as the mascot of the Variety Village Band which he led on parade.

Michael T Wall & CK

When I heard that Michael T. was re-releasing the recording of Big Old Newfie Dog, I jumped at the chance to get a copy. It comes as part of a limited edition two CD set entitled From Newfoundland to Australia. Michael is now in his 70’s but not only is he still active with his music career but commutes to Australia to sing for the folks down under and they love this native Newfoundlander.

To order your copy of the CD set contact Michael at mr.nfld99@gmail.com. Big Old Newfie Dog is number 23 on the first CD; be sure to listen for the back up vocals 🙂

Here are the lyrics:

He’s black and he’s big
And he sure likes to give
His love to the kids of Newfoundland;
He’s gentle and kind
And he spends his time
With me and the kids of Newfoundland.

So if you’re down my way
And get the urge to play
In the beauty of the ocean and the sand;
Take your children out to play
In the coves of the bay
With this big ole Newfie dog from Newfoundland.

He’s just a big ole Newfie dog from Newfoundland,
And he romps and stomps all day in the sand;
And he plays with the boys and girls of my dear homeland.
He’s just a big ole Newfie dog from Newfoundland.
He’s just a big ole Newfie dog from Newfoundland.

Peter Maniate has been writing columns for the Newf News, the magazine of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada, since 1979.  In 1996 he started writing a Newfoundland dog column in the Breedlines section of Dogs in Canada magazine on behalf of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.  When Dogs in Canada ceased publication at the end of 2011 he continued the Breedlines column in the Newf Newfs.

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Newf News

March/April 2013