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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.