November 2012 Archives
Monday November 26, 2012
They are few and far between, the songwriters who can stop you in your tracks, have you hanging on every word.
Andrew James O'Brien first appeared on this show as part of the 2010 CBC-Music NL Songwriters Circle in Rocky Harbour.
Almost nobody in the room knew who he was. His first album was still a few months away. But from the moment he began his first song, you could hear a pin drop.
He's had that effect on audiences everywhere, and his days as an unknown performer are long over.
Andrew James O'Brien and his band the Searchers took the stage of the LSPU Hall last spring and fans packed the house for a pair of shows presented by CBC Radio .The event turned into a celebration of one of the great young voices in Newfoundland music.
It was quite a time, as you'll hear this Saturday.
Photo: Andrew James O'Brien with Catherine Allan of his band the Searchers. (Bud Gaulton).
Tuesday November 20, 2012
For four decades, this decorated World War One general and friend of Winston Churchill lived in St. John's - far from his country, his wife and children, and very far indeed from the limelight.
But he lived in fear, carrying a Webley revolver and a set of brass knuckles in case of a surprise attack.
And he harboured a dark secret - one that would eventually carry an assassin across the Atlantic on a mission to hunt him down. Or so they say.
Tudor had been the commander of the infamous Black and Tans, the British force formed in 1920 to "fight fire with fire" against the IRA in Ireland.
After Irish independence in 1922, Tudor was considered a marked man, and he escaped to exile in Newfoundland.
Did the assassination attempt actually happen, or is it the stuff of legend?
With the help of Newfoundland crime novelist Thomas Curran, the documentary sleuths the mystery of a man reviled in Ireland as a rapacious war criminal, and remembered in St. John's only as a quiet old man.
"A Bullet for the General" is a Battery Radio production, and aired on RTE Dublin in January.
You'll find an audio listening link and background information on Hugh Tudor at the Battery Radio website.
Thursday November 15, 2012
Tuesday November 6, 2012
Amelia Curran launched the long awaited and highly anticipated encore to her 2009 Juno award winning CD Hunter Hunter with a sold out concert at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. She brought with her a brand new band complete with horns and strings and a bag of great new songs.
"Spectators" marks the growth of this exceptional singer songwriter whose precise poetic sharpness and tuneful rhythms set her apart from most of her contemporaries. The new material continues to explore the hope and despair of relationships and the search for a better ending - every word considered and confidently delivered within an air of vulnerability.
On this the opening night of a Canadian tour Amelia and the band waltzed the home town audience through the heart of her new material with a just enough attention paid to her past catalogue to satisfy the faithful.
Her fan base ever growing Amelia Curran's audience finds a restful place in her music while she quietly achieves star status one show at a time.
Catch the concert this week on The Performance Hour!
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- Tue., 29 – The Sparks Literary Festival, Part Two
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- June 2012
- May 2012
- Tue., 29 – Joanna Barker and the Songs of "February"
- April 2012
- March 2012
- Tue., 27 – Patrick Boyle's Ode to Confederation
- February 2012
- December 2011
- Mon., 12 – Remembering "What a Time" It Was
- November 2011
- Tue., 15 – Superpickers! and the Peter Narvaez Legacy
- October 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- Thu., 28 – Canadian Jazz: The Next Generation
- March 2011
- February 2011
- Wed., 16 – Tom Petty in Leather Pants?
- January 2011
- Tue., 11 – Early Favourites and Life-Changing Music
- December 2010
- November 2010
- Tue., 30 – Night Music for Weekend Shut-Ins
- October 2010
- Mon., 25 – Chris Kirby and the Marquee