Isle aux Morts Boys Listings at GEST Songs Of NFLD

A Fisherman's Life (V)

The Bonnie Lou II ~ R Clark & J Henneberry (V)

George And Pauline (V)

The Ghost Of Bell Isle (Vx2)

Good Times Go ~ Buck Owens

If Those Lips Could Only Speak ~ Ridgewell/Godwin

I've Never Been To Newfoundland ~ Doug Bell (V)

Pressure Of Progress (V)

Sweetest Of All ~ Shel Silverstein (V)

Veil Of White Lace ~ Damon Black

We Must Of Been Drunk ~ Barnes/Gosdin (V)

You Asked Me ~ Carson J Robison (V)

Biographical Notes

The Isle Aux Morts Boys are Joshua Skinner: lead guitar; Barry Coleman: bass guitar; Freeman Walters; accordion/harmonica; and Melvin Rose; vocals and rhythm guitar.

Some band members played together back in the early seventies with manager Joe Lawrence's help. They were known then as Ocean Fancy. In 1973, they recorded their first album in St John's with Ontario's Audat Records. Ocean Fancy consisted of Joshua Skinner, Barry Coleman, Harold Osmond, Jerome Pearce and Lloyd Strickland. The band became increasingly popular until 1978 when some members moved on. About that time Joshua and Barry teamed up with Keith Ball, Raymond Osmond, and Donnie Hodder to form the Leftover Band. They played together until 1986 when Freeman Walters joined the group. Not long after, in October,1987, Isle Aux Morts Boys were officially formed and recorded their first album, My Island Home, at Sim's Studio in Belleoram. During the next three years the band would produce three more cassette tapes, all at their own studio in Isle Aux Morts: My Newfoundland Shore, 1988; Isle aux Morts #3, 1989; and The Sweetest Of All, 1990. The band recorded their fifth cassette album, If I Won The Lotto, before Keith Ball moved to Halifax and then to Fort St John, BC. Keith loved singing and living in Newfoundland, but he was forced to move by the codfish closure. Melvin Rose joined the band officially around 1998.

Joshua and Barry played music with Keith for about twenty years and hoped for the day they could have a reunion, but Keith died in 2002, at only 45. Most of his family lives in Halifax, and he is sadly missed, but his singing lives on with the five tapes he recorded with the Isle Aux Morts Boys. The band still plays all the songs Keith made into popular hits, and he can be heard singing a new song on the band's latest CD, Fishing For The Best.

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