Anita Best was born on the island of Merasheen the year before we joined Canada. This was a time when singing, dancing and storytelling were the main forms of recreation. Anita has become one of the great bearers of this tradition - collecting, performing and recording these songs and stories.
Anita Best's Songs
From the album Crosshanded. Amber Music. 1997
The Liverpool Pilot.A song she learned from Pius Power, Jr. who would have called it a tuneful heave-up shanty.
Lord Bateman.The first of the very old songs she set out to learn. She got it from Kate Wilson in 1973.
Me Old Ragadoo.A comical ditty she learned from Pius Power, Sr.
The Spanish Captain.One of the wonderful old songs her mother brought from Tack's Beach to Merasheen in 1945.