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June 2012 Archives

Crooked Tunes from a Night at The Ship


cameron malischewski.jpgHe cut his teeth in the folk clubs of Toronto. She grew up in the east end of St. John's.

Duncan Cameron and Charlotte-Anne Malischewski share a love of Newfoundland tunes, traditional standards, and songs from Quebec.

We'll hear them this Saturday (June 30) on the Performance Hour, in a Folk Night session recorded at the Ship Pub in St. John's.

Charlotte-Anne is a fiddle player steeped in the Newfoundland tradition, with a fondness for the "crooked tune." Duncan is a multi-instrumentalist who brought bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, and concertina to the session. And they both sing.

The result is a rich and varied take on the trad sound, featuring songs and tunes, old and new, in French and English, from near and far.

(Photo by Rick West.)

Jody Richardson: Voice of Several Generations

If you haunted downtown St. John's in the 1980s, you surely spent a few late nights with Thomas Trio and the Red Albino.

If you took in the nightlife of the 1990s, you probably saw a Fur Packed Action gig.

If you're downtown anytime these days, you might by lucky to catch one of the best rock groups in the city today, the Pathological Lovers.

The common thread in all those bands: Jody Richardson, lead singer and songwriter.

He's our studio guest this week (June 23). He'll play a few tunes and talk about his long and winding career.

Here's a look at Jody's session at CBC Studio F. In this video he plays a song called "Six A.M."

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Jenny Gear's Next Move

jenny and sandy.jpgIt's been seven years since Jenny Gear released her debut album, Jenny Gear and the Whiskey Kittens.

Now she's finally back in the studio, working on a new recording with producer Bill Brennan and her longtime collaborator, Sandy Morris.

That CD won't be ready until later this year.

But you'll hear Jenny Gear this Saturday June 16) on CBC Radio, in session recorded exclusively for the Performance Hour.

She and Sandy Morris dropped by the studio to play a few tunes and talk about the upcoming album.

Jenny has come a long way since 2003, when she made a huge splash on Canadian Idol. She's matured and developed as a singer, so the new music is a lot different than what we heard back in those days.

Also on this week's show, you'll hear a chat and studio session with guitar virtuoso Gordon Quinton.

Here's an inside look at our session with Gordon Quinton, featuring one of the tunes he'll be playing on the show:

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A Bedrock Artist of Newfoundland Blues



Forty years on, Denis Parker is still confessin' the blues.

Since landing on these shores in the early seventies, he's been one of the bedrock artists of the Newfoundland and Labrador blues scene.

Denis has had his ups and downs during that time, including a couple of heart attacks, the most recent of which happened about a year ago.

But he's back in form, and this Saturday (June 9) we showcase the current edition of Denis Parker, with John Clarke sitting in on dobro and guitar, recorded live at the Ship Pub in St. John's.

"Confessin' the Blues" is one of the songs we'll hear, along with other standards, Parker originals, and much more.

Also on this week's show, Joel Thomas Hynes talks about his writing and we hear him read from his new collection of "intimate little narratives and observances," called Straight Razor Days.