Blackfly Song, The

"The Black Fly Song" is a song written in 1949 by Canadian singer-songwriter, Wade Hemsworth, about working in the wilds of Northern Ontario. It is an enduring classic of Canadian folk music, covered by a variety of other artists.


The Blackfly Song (WORD)
The Blackfly Song (PDF)

You can play along with the video in GCEA tuning if you put your capo on the 5th fret!

A new version of the song (with accompanying vocals by Kate & Anna McGarrigle) which had a completely different tempo than the original, was made into an animated short film entitled Blackfly by Christopher Hinton and the National Film Board in 1991, and was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992.

Albert Wade Hemsworth (23 October 1916 – 19 January 2002) was a Canadian folk singer and songwriter. Although he was not a prolific composer, having written only about 20 songs during his entire career, several of his songs — most notably "The Wild Goose", "The Black Fly Song" and "The Log Driver's Waltz" — are among the most enduring classics in the history of Canadian folk music.

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