Gerald Whiffen was born in Clattice Harbour in 1944 and died in 2001. He was a carpenter who loved to sing. Gerald was married to Mary Hanlon from Bar Haven. They had two children, Irene and Jim, who inherited his musical abilities.
Gerald Whiffen's Songs
Bound Down for Newfoundland. A popular song about a sea voyage.
Down by the Tanyard Side. A man is forced to leave home and his lover because her father disapproves.
Jimmy Whelan. A sad ballad with a ghostly twist.
Maggie Darling. A man abandons his love never to return.
Patty O'Brien. A man gets drunk aboard ship, is swallowed by a whale and spit out again.
Young Edmund. An old sad song of love and loss.
Collected by Eric West in 1978. Hear whole songs at: www.mun.ca/voicesofplacentiabay