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August 2012 Archives

"Sounds About Right" A Labour Day Special with Tom Power

buchans_miners.jpg To celebrate workers around the globe we present an hour of labour songs, union-organizing songs, logging songs, mining songs and sea shanties. You'll hear international classics from Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Hazel Dickens, plus powerful contemporary Newfoundland works by the Wonderful Grand Band, Great Big Sea, Jim Payne, Kelly Russell and Janis Spence and the Buchans Miners.

The Performance Hour: Jill Porter and Mark Callanan

JillPorter.jpgIt's nearly seven years since Jill Porter released her debut album, took to the road, and played regular shows in downtown St. John's.

The woman from Burgeo has been more quiet lately, working her day job and avoiding the late nights.

But she's never far from her guitar, does plenty of recording at home, and continues working with other local singers and songwriters like Mark Bragg, Mick Davis, and Duane Morgan.

This Saturday (Aug 25), Jill Porter visits the Performance Hour studio, guitar in hand, with a batch of new songs.

We'll hear how she's changed and grown from the young woman who made her self-described "authentic rock and roll" album back in 2005.

Also this week we revisit the Sparks Literary Festival with a reading by Mark Callanan from his highly acclaimed book of poetry Gift Horse. Mark Hiscock of Shanneyganock also drops by to talk about the band's latest album, a tribute to the music and legacy of the McNulty Family.

(Jill Porter photo by Tracy Davis)



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Terry Penney "The Last Guitar" with Joel Thomas Hynes and Leslie Vryenhoek

terry-penney-1.jpgA childhood memory from Shoal Harbour, a romance stretching from Lewisporte to Colorado, a motorcycle club in central Newfoundland…

Those are just a few of the subjects addressed in the latest batch of songs by Lewisport Singer Terry Penney on his latest CD, The Last Guitar

This Saturday (Aug 18) he drops by the Performance Hour studio, guitar in hand.

He’ll discuss the new album and play several songs from it.

 Also this week we revist the Sparks Literary Festival for readings by Leslie Vryenhoek from her latest book of poetry, Gulf, and Joel Thomas Hynes from his latest collection of short stories, Straight Razor Days.


(Photo credit: Angie Wilmott)


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Songs, Poems and Prose with Chris Picco, Patrick Warner and Danielle Devereaux

DSC_9060-1.jpgLike many a Newfoundlander before him, Chris Picco set out for the bright lights of Toronto at a young age.

That's where he got started as a singer and songwriter, releasing his first album in 2004.

But a few years later, Chris was back in his hometown of St. John's, and it's proved to be a productive return.

After releasing another solo album in 2007, he formed a band called The Long Distance Runners.

Their debut CD was nominated for Rock Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards, and a new album by the Long Distance Runners was released in April.

Meanwhile, Chris Picco continues his solo work, and he's our studio guest this Saturday (Aug 11) on the Performance Hour.

He'll play a song from the new Long Distance Runners CD, plus a couple of brand new tunes, and talk about his slow and steady approach to his music career.

Also this week, recorded at the Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's we'll hear "Mainland Man" and several other poems read by St. John's poet Danielle Devereaux, and a reading by novelist Patrick Warner from his book "Double Talk".

(Photo: Sandra Lee.)

The St. John's singer and songwriter played three brand new songs in this week's recording session for the Performance Hour, including one that remains a work in progress.

It's called The Beach.

Here it is, filmed live off the studio floor at CBC St. John's:

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