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August 2011 Archives

Dan Bursey, George Keeping and Tina Cassell at Trails, Tales and Tunes

The Trails, Tales and Tunes festival is enjoying a well-earned reputation for concerts that champion the best of local and imported talent. Based in Norris Point on Newfoundland's west coast, the festival is a magnet for musicians and audiences keen to bid winter adieu and welcome the Spring in a creative, social and festive environment. From a jam-packed Sunroom at Neddies Harbour Inn, with the view of Bonne Bay and the mountains of Gros Morne beyond, MUSICRAFT presents an intimate singer-songwriter session with George Keeping from Corner Brook, Tina Cassell from White Bay and Dan Bursey from Lewisport.

Colin Carr, Alison Black and Kristina Szutor

Sonatas for strings presented in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's Recital Series: cellist Colin Carr evokes the exuberance of Mendelssohn through one of his cello sonatas while violinist Alison Black explores the spirit of Paris through Debussy's music. Both are accompanied by Kristina Szutor.

Katie Baggs and Ben Rigby at the Folk Club

Two young folkies, Katie Baggs and Ben Rigby, are on deck at the Ship Pub in downtown St. John's for the Folk Arts Society's regular Wednesday night folk club. It was elbow room only as Katie and Ben unveiled their new songs and tunes - beer and cheer taking a back seat to Katie Bagg's heart-wrenching vocals and Ben Rigby's creative banjo picking.

Schumann at the Tuckamore Festival

As the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival launches it's 2011 season, MUSICRAFT brings you some of last year's highlights, including a celebration of the great romantic composer Robert Schumann. Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves (the Duo Concertante) perform Schumann's Violin Sonata opus 105 and cellist Vernon Regehr joins them for the world premiere of a CBC commissioned piano trio from Vancouver composer Jocelyn Morlock. Her dream-like work pays homage to Schumann's romantic - and sometimes tragic - spirit in a musical language that Jocelyn liken's to 'Schumann under water.'