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October 2012 Archives

Tom's All Bluegrass Special


Guest host Tom Power, local musician, folklorist and host of "Deep Roots" on CBC Radio 2, shares his passion for the music that shaped him as a person, player and broadcaster.

Growing up in suburban St. John's, Tom stumbled upon bluegrass music when he heard the award-winning movie soundtrack "Oh Brother Where Art Thou." It changed his life.

He began taking banjo lessons with the renowned academic and bluegrass aficionado Neil Rosenberg, and soon formed his own band in the basement of his parents' house in Cowan Heights.

Ten years later, Tom has a folklore degree from Memorial University, a national CBC Radio Show, and he tours North America with his Newfoundland trad band The Dardanelles.

On this week's show he plays many of his bluegrass favourites, including classics from the great Bill Monroe and early innovators Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (pictured), as well as tunes by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Bela Fleck, and Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers.

"The Girls Do Ron"



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This Saturday on the Performance Hour it's an all star all female line up as we celebrate the work of Newfoundland's greatest songwriter Ron Hynes in a show titled "The Girls Do Ron".

The cast includes Juno award winners - Amelia Curran and Maureen Ennis plus Lori Cooper and Jenny Gear...

Recorded live at the LSPU Hall as part of the CBC MusicNL Songwriters Circle.

2012 CBC/Music NL Songwriters Circle



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Nominated for a combined total of 11 MusicNL Awards this quartet ranks among the finest singer songwriters in the province. They include Sean Panting whose CD "Man Of The Year was nominated for Male and Pop Rock Artist of the Year; Katie Baggs, nominated for Female, Roots Recording and Socan Song Of The Year for her debut release "Home Again Home Again"; Ian Foster, nominated in four categories including Male Artist, Folk Roots Artist, Album and Socan Songwriter Of The Year for "The Evening Light" and Terry Penney, nominated for Country Artist and Socan Songwriter Of The Year for his CD "My Last Guitar". Recorded live at the LSPU Hall it's an intimate hour of songs and stories from four of the provinces best.

Sherman Downey Takes the New Songs for a Workout


Music fans first came to know him as the guy with the dreadlocks from the Codroy Valley.

Now he's one of the hottest young voices in Newfoundland and Labrador music.

This Saturday's show Oct 6 features Sherman Downey and his band the Silver Lining, recorded live in concert.

It's been two years since a highly-acclaimed debut CD called Honey for Bees put Sherman and his band on the local music map.

They're targeting this fall for the release of the all-important second album.

Many of the songs destined for that album were heard during the band's recent tour of the province, and they drew a tremendous response from a growing community of fans.

Those tunes are featured on this week's show, recorded at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre.