The 1750's, press gangs of the British Navy ferried off many of the strong Irish youths from the southern and western Counties of Ireland to live and work under the most deplorable conditions for their British Masters in its far-flung New World Colonies. In the Colony of Avalon, now Ferryland on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland, these so-called "Irish Youngsters", under the strong and resourceful leadership of Peter Kerrivan, defied their masters' tyranny. Under sentence of hanging, this band of merry rogues retreated to freedom in the mountainous area of the Avalon Wilderness known as the Butter Pots. There they eluded and taunted their former British Masters and flourished for more than a century and became known as "Masterless Men".

For the next century the story for the "Masterless Men" was mostly forgotten, but did live on in the folk tradition of the Southern Shore. In 1991, a new band of Masterless Men was formed. Led by John Curran of Ferryland, this new breed of Masterless Men retreated, not to the Butter Pots... but to rehearsal halls and recording studios, to craft and refine their unique music and songs and create a new sound that has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands.

Like their namesakes, The Masterless Men of today have evolved and grown. In their incarnation, they paid their dues, working the bars and community concert halls of the Southern Shore and St. John's. With the release of their first album, "Ode to Age" in 1993, they graduated to the larger festivals and concert halls around Newfoundland. Their much anticipated second album "Breakin' New Ground", released March 9th, 1996 was produced by Gabriel Award winning producer Gary O'Driscoll. This album builds on the success of their influences. They have been featured on several radio and television programs and have performed at premiere festivals and concerts to sell-out audiences throughout Atlantic Canada, New England and south to Florida. They have received numerous critical reviews and have appeared with such musical legends as Tommy Makem, Liam Clancy, Foster and Allen, and other internationally known artists.

Imagine a boisterous Newfoundland house party where everyone plays an instrument or sings a song late into the night. Masterless Men is the sound of hand clapping favourites, heart warming ballads and mesmerizing instrumentals. Group members John, Dave, Bob, Chuck and Perry deliver music that comes from the heart of Irish Newfoundland and takes you back there every time you listen.

 

"20 Years"
The Masterless Men
Item# M-MM8
CD

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Title Tracks

Someday Soon • When The Boys Come Rolling Home • The Story I Tell You Is True • Have You Ever Seen The Rain • Absent Friends • Little Mountain Church House • A Pub With No Beer • I Will Love You • Come Dance To Paddy’s Reel • Girls From Newfoundland • The Irish Washerwoman • Forty Shades Of Green • Fare Thee Well Enniskillen

 

 

"Bamble and the Rose"
The Masterless Men
Item# M-MM7
CD

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Title Tracks

Bramble and the Rose • A Lesson Too Late For The Learning • Slievenamon • The Nightingale • I Still Miss Someone • The Flower of Kilkenny • God Save Ireland • Steel Rails • A Man You Don't Meet Everyday • No Place Like Home / Little Beggerman • Carlingford Bay • The Water is Wide • Whiskey in the Jar • The Parting Glass

"Christmas With"
The Masterless Men
Item# M-MM6
CD

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Title Tracks

•Holly Jolly Christmas •Old Toy Trains •When a Child is Born •Mary’s Boy Child •Must Be Santa •Auld Lang Syne •Children Go Where I Send Thee •The Gift •Go Tell It On the Mountain •Away In a Manger •Auld Lang Syne •Repride

"Breaking New Ground"
The Masterless Men

Item# M-MM2
CD

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Title Tracks

•Kerrivan's Dream / Galway Races •Far Away In Australia •New South Wales •Dublin In My Tears •D' Bloomin' Onion •You Ain't Goin' Nowhere •The Ballad Of Junius Wilson •Take A Chance On Love •The Reason I Left Mullingar •Old Home Place •The Foggy Shores Of Home •Steal Away •Breakin' New Ground

"Ode To Age"
The Masterless Men

Item# M-MM3
CD

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Title Tracks

This is the first album released by Newfoundland’s Masterless Men. •Portland Town •The Leaving of Nancy •The Masons Apron/The Devils Dream •Silver Sea •Fox on the Run •Botany Bay •There Were Roses •The Leprechaun •The Boston Rose •The Mingulay Boat Song •Nancy Spain •Shuckin the Corn/Foggy Mountain Breakdown •The Boys of the Old Brigade •An Ode to Age

"On The Run"
The Masterless Men

Item# M-MM4
CD

$22.99

Title Tracks

“On the Run” is the newest release from The Masterless Men. •Counting Flowers on the Wall •The Schooner Kathaleen •Vandieman’s Land •Grandfather’s Clock •Mr. Tambourine Man •Cliffs of Baccalieu •Process Man •Big Strong Man •Rolling on the Sea •Rich Man’s Garden •Charlie on the MTA •My Own Dear Galway Boy •Set Ulster Free •Willie McBride