Veterans' stories are 'pretty powerful stuff,' says songwriter Terry Penney

Singer/songwriter Terry Penney has been writing songs about war veterans ever since a chance meeting with Leslie Ginn, a Second World War veteran, in Penney’s hometown of Lewisporte.

Have a First Listen to The Unforgotten: Stories of Newfoundland Veterans by Terry Penney

Singer/songwriter Terry Penney's latest album and book are called The Unforgotten: Stories of Newfoundland Veterans. (Courtesy Angie Wilmott )

Singer/songwriter Terry Penney has been writing songs about war veterans ever since a chance meeting with Leslie Ginn, a Second World War veteran, in Penney's hometown of Lewisporte about 20 years ago.  

"To hear wartime stories from someone who actually experienced it was pretty powerful stuff," said Penney.

Penney also had relatives who served in the First World War.

Through his community contacts and family history, Penney has developed a deep interest in setting Newfoundland soldiers' experiences to music.   

The Unforgotten: Stories of Newfoundland Veterans is a collection of these songs. Penney has also written a companion book that adds more information and anecdotes to the music.  

Have a listen to Terry Penney's conversation with Weekend AM's Heather Barrett.

Terry Penney has documented the stories of Newfoundland and Labrador war veterans in an album and a book, and he tells Weekend AM's Heather Barrett all about the project. 19:22

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Heather Barrett

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Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.