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Craig Young and Duane Andrews - where jazz meets country!

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Gypsy jazz maestro Duane Andrews joins country picker extraordinaire Craig Young as we explore the common ground of jazz, trad and country...and where else would you get the music of Django Reinhardt, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice and Rufus Guinchard all under one roof but here on The Performance Hour.





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Live From The ECMAs in Charlottetown!

This week the 2014 East Coast Music Awards will be held in Charlottetown, PEI , and to help celebrate the event The Performance Hour will partner with our CBC Maritime sister program Atlantic Airwaves to present a live concert special titled "Heroes: Past and Present". We've invited some of Atlantic Canada's hottest acts to perform songs from their heroes, artists who have influenced or inspired them in their own musical careers. And the show features Rose Cousins, Amelia Curran, David Myles and the darlings of Sydney Mines, The Barra MacNeils. Co Hosted by Stephanie Domet.



Kat Mclevey - Feature Interview and Studio Session

Kat Mclevey and GT Studio F 2IMG_0787.JPGThis week on the Performance Hour a feature interview and studio session with Kat Mclevey a spectacular new talent who while still attending high school is getting rave reviews for her work as a singer songwriter and with the St. John's indie band "City On The Coast".


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Mick Davis - Feature Interview and Studio Session

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This week on the Performance Hour a feature interview and studio session with Mick Davis the charismatic front man of Newfoundland's premier rock and roll outfit "The Novaks".


We'll talk about his early influences, songwriting, the music business in general and the release of his new solo video project "Don't Say Goodnight" plus we'll check out some acoustic versions of his latest material.



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"Towards The Sunset" - Part 2 The Celebration Continues

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic, 1983, ground-breaking recording by Pat and Joe Byrne and Baxter Wareham, CBC Radio reunites the original trio for a special live concert recording at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. Guests include The Once, Matthew and Allan Byrne, Leeland Wareham and Lori Wareham-Mulroney. 

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The material is as fresh today as it was three decades ago.

Many of these songs have become anthems in the Great Newfoundland Songbook performed by contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador entertainers on stages around the world or sung on stages around the bay or in kitchens or boats or where ever Newfoundlanders gather to share their undeniable bond.



 

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"Towards The Sunset" Part 1 Encore Broadcast

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic, 1983, ground-breaking recording by Pat and Joe Byrne and Baxter Wareham, CBC Radio reunites the original trio for a special live concert recording at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. Guests include The Once, Matthew and Allan Byrne, Leeland Wareham and Lori Wareham-Mulroney. 

Matthew solo rehearsal B&W.jpgWho would have thought 30 years ago when three young Placentia baymen walked into Echo Recording Studios on the top of Longs Hill that the album they were about to record would stand as a seminal work in the Newfoundland canon influencing a generation of folk and traditional performers. It's a work that speaks to the heart of whoThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for The Once big smiles colour.jpg we are and who we were. 


The material is as fresh today as it was three decades ago.

Many of these songs have become anthems in the Great Newfoundland Songbook performed by contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador entertainers on stages around the world or sung on stages around the bay or in kitchens or boats or where ever Newfoundlanders gather to share their undeniable bond.



 

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The Gospel Workshop From The 2013 NL Folk Festival

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This week it's the Sunday Morning Gospel Workshop recorded live at the 37th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. It features a powerful group of headliners from this year's event including Linda Byrne, The Good Lovelies, Daniel Romano and Ruth Moody. It's an hour of contemporary and old time Gospel Songs.

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CBC & RCA Present - Music At The Hall

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This past summer CBC Radio partnered with the Resource Centre for the Arts to present a spectacular evening of music at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. The concert was a fund raising event for the Hall and by any measure it was a resounding success. The talent was exceptional. And the lucky patrons who snapped up the tickets and packed the venerable space to the rafters were treated to one of those rare nights in the old town that leaves both audience and performers feeling blessed for the experience.

The all star line up included Amelia Curran with Darren Browne and Catherine Allan; Jenny Gear and Sandy Morris; Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis; and Steven Cowan. 

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"Sea Fever" Session - 2013 NL Folk Festival

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This Saturday on The Performance Hour the "Sea Fever" Session from the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. It's an hour of ballads and salty sea shanties from the likes of Newfoundland's own Linda Byrne, the cocky cockney Londoner Danny Spooner plus Irish folk royalty John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy...


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"Power Ballad" Session from the NL Folk Festival

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This week on the Performance Hour a session from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival titled "Power Ballads". It features some of the heavy hitters from the trad and folk scene including Graham Wells, Matthew Byrne, Daniel Payne and Sherman Downey.

It's an hour of wistful love songs, cheery murder ballads and passionate tales from the Napoleonic wars to the rackets in the Codroy Valley.






Festival 500 - "Sharing The Voices"

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This Saturday on the Performance Hour highlights from Festival 500, the 2013 edition of the international choral music gathering. Special guest is Dr. Douglas Dunsmore renowned choral director of the MUN School of Music. We'll talk about the Festival, its legacy and future after nine successful events and share highlights that include performances by our own Newfoundland choirs and ensembles from around the world.


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Patrick Boyle Quartet - Encore Broadcast

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This Saturday on the Performance Hour a studio session and feature interview with composer arranger and jazz trumpeter, Patrick Boyle.

Pat is widely respected and recognized as one of the finest players in the province and this week he premieres some new work with his quartet featuring Bill Brennan piano, Michael Billiard drums and Mike Downes bass..



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Labrador singer songwriter Richard Neville

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On this week's show it's all about the Big Land as we present a set and feature interview with one of Labrador's most respected contemporary singer songwriters Richard Neville. Many will recognize Richard's name from his stellar work as guitarist and sideman with Labrador troubadour Harry Martin but in 2011 Richard released his own debut album "Old Souls" and is now in demand as both a sideman and a solo performer.

Born and raised in the tiny community of Black Tickle on the remote Island of Ponds off southern Labrador and you can trace a line from the great song writers of Labrador like Byron Chalk and Gerald Mitchell to the work of Richard Neville. We'll talk about his life and the inspiration for his music that is so connected to the power and beauty of Big Land. And we'll hear a set of Richard's music recorded last summer for The Performance Hour at Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

 


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Sessions In The Old Town - Vol 3 - The Radio Edition

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This week on the Performance Hour it's the radio cut of our CBC Television special "Sessions in The Old Town - Vol 3. Host Tom Power introduces three incredibly talented acts including Juno Award winning trad group Ennis, brilliant classical and rock guitarist Steven Cowan and one of Newfoundland's finest traditional singers Matthew Byrne. Its an hour of live "off the floor" music performances and interviews with the artists.

http://www.cbc.ca/nl/features/presents/sessions-in-the-old-town-vol-3/


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Christmas In The Archives

Guest host Jamie Fitzpatrick presents Christmas in the Archives:

From the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, a sampling of seasonal broadcasts from years past. We'll hear season's greetings from Newfoundland to the British Empire in 1943, a ride aboard the Newfoundland Railway on Christmas Day 1959, a 1973 program on the declining outport tradition of mummering, and much more.

"Do You Hear What I Hear"

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Towards The Susnset Part 2 - The Celebration Continues

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic, 1983, ground-breaking recording by Pat and Joe Byrne and Baxter Wareham, CBC Radio reunites the original trio for a special live concert recording at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. Guests include The Once, Matthew and Allan Byrne, Leeland Wareham and Lori Wareham-Mulroney. 

Matthew solo rehearsal B&W.jpgWho would have thought 30 years ago when three young Placentia baymen walked into Echo Recording Studios on the top of Longs Hill that the album they were about to record would stand as a seminal work in the Newfoundland canon influencing a generation of folk and traditional performers. It's a work that speaks to the heart of whoThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for The Once big smiles colour.jpg we are and who we were. 


The material is as fresh today as it was three decades ago.

Many of these songs have become anthems in the Great Newfoundland Songbook performed by contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador entertainers on stages around the world or sung on stages around the bay or in kitchens or boats or where ever Newfoundlanders gather to share their undeniable bond.



 

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"Towards The Sunset" Part 1

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic, 1983, ground-breaking recording by Pat and Joe Byrne and Baxter Wareham, CBC Radio reunites the original trio for a special live concert recording at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. Guests include The Once, Matthew and Allan Byrne, Leeland Wareham and Lori Wareham-Mulroney. 

Matthew solo rehearsal B&W.jpgWho would have thought 30 years ago when three young Placentia baymen walked into Echo Recording Studios on the top of Longs Hill that the album they were about to record would stand as a seminal work in the Newfoundland canon influencing a generation of folk and traditional performers. It's a work that speaks to the heart of whoThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for The Once big smiles colour.jpg we are and who we were. 


The material is as fresh today as it was three decades ago.

Many of these songs have become anthems in the Great Newfoundland Songbook performed by contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador entertainers on stages around the world or sung on stages around the bay or in kitchens or boats or where ever Newfoundlanders gather to share their undeniable bond.



 

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2013 CBC MUSIC NL Songwriters Circle Part Two

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This Saturday on the Performance Hour part two of the CBC MUSIC NL Songwriters Circle recorded live at the 2013 Music Industry Conference in Gander.

It features four of the freshest voices in the provinces contemporary music scene including Chris Picco, Brianna Gosse, Gavin Simms and Chris Kirby. It's an intimate hour of great songs and great stories

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2013 CBC MUSIC NL Songwriters Circle Part One

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This week on the Performance Hour it's the 2013 CBC MUSIC NL Songwriters Circle recorded live at the province's music industry conference in Gander. Guests include Matthew Hornell, Joanna Barker, Dan Bursey and Craig Young.

This fab four received a total of 9 Music NL award nominations with Craig Young taking home Country Artist of the Year for his album "Black Diamond Strings" and Dan Bursey winning Gospel Artist of the Year for his album "Priceless". Craig was also voted Side Musician of the Year.


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The "Sea Fever" Session From the 2013 NL Folk Festival

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This Saturday on The Performance Hour the "Sea Fever" Session from the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. It's an hour of ballads, songs and salty sea shanties from the likes of Newfoundland's own Linda Byrne, the cocky cockney Londoner Danny Spooner plus Irish folk royalty John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy...


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"The Girls Do Ron" 2012 CBC MUSIC NL Songwriters Circle


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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 called "The Girls Do Ron".

The cast includes Juno award winners Amelia Curran and Maureen Ennis. plus Lori Cooper and Jenny Gear. They take on the classics like "Cryer's Paradise," "No Change in Me," "She Never Will," and "Dark River."

The show was recorded live at the LSPU Hall as part of the 2012 CBC MusicNL Songwriters Circle.

Stage To Stage - Newfoundland Recitations Now and Then

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Dave Paddon, Hubert Furey Dave Penny and Harry Ingram share a love and passion for a distinctive and somewhat idiosyncratic oral tradition - recitation. At its best it's a weave of poetry and dialect, allegorical saga and cautionary tale, historical fact and bits of old foolishness, and these four definitely stand among the very best practitioners of the form.

Under the direction of Roger Lockyer this fab four put off a concert at the LSPU Hall in St. John's leaving the sold out crowd rolling in the isles. It was a night of dry tongue in cheek Newfoundland humour at its best.

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The Patrick Boyle Quartet

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This Saturday on the Performance Hour a studio session and feature interview with composer arranger and jazz trumpeter, Patrick Boyle.

Pat is widely respected and recognized as one of the finest players in the province and this week he premieres some new work with his quartet featuring Bill Brennan piano, Michael Billiard drums and Mike Downes bass..



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Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis

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This week on The Performance Hour a live studio session with two of Newfoundland's finest traditional players, fiddler Emilia Bartellas and accordionist Aaron Collis. Known throughout Canada for their work with the hot young trad outfit The Dardanelles Aaron and Emilia are about to release their own CD and this week on the Performance Hour we'll get a preview of some of that new material. Plus we have some concert material featuring Jenny Gear and Sandy Morris and Amelia Curran.
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Sessions In The Old Town Vol 3 - The Radio Version

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This week on the Performance Hour it's the radio cut of our CBC Television special "Sessions in The Old Town - Vol 3. Host Tom Power introduces three incredibly talented acts including Juno Award winning trad group Ennis, brilliant classical and rock guitarist Steven Cowan and one of Newfoundland's finest traditional singers Matthew Byrne. Its an hour of live "off the floor" music performances and interviews with the artists.

http://www.cbc.ca/nl/features/presents/sessions-in-the-old-town-vol-3/


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Writers at The Ship and Recitations at the Hall

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Isabel Huggan has always been in search of a home away from home.

That search has inspired her award-winning stories and essays.

Last month, the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador invited her to St. John's as part of its "Come From Away" Reading Series. 

The series, which brings in three writers from outside the province every year, is ideally suited to Isabel Huggan. She's been a "CFA" for most of her life.   She was born and raised in Ontario. But since then she's made her home in places like France, Kenya, and the Philippines.  This Saturday, The Performance Hour presents Isabel Huggan's reading in St. John's, recorded at The Ship Pub.

 

And for part two of this week's show we revisit the Stage To Stage production at the LSPU Hall in St. John's for hand full of Newfoundland recitations.

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Jeff Johnston Trio

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One of Newfoundland's great musical exports returned to St. John's this summer for a concert at the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. Widely recognized as one of Canada's leading jazz players and composers  the Montreal based musician was touring in support of his latest CD "Returning". While he was in town we invited Jeff, long time collaborator bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Ted Warren into Studio F for a session and feature interview.

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"Power Ballads" from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

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This week on the Performance Hour a session from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival titled Power Ballads. It features some heavy hitters from the trad and folk scene including Graham Wells, Matthew Byrne, Daniel Payne and Sherman Downey.

It's an hour of wistful love songs, cheery murder ballads and passionate tales from the Napoleonic wars to the rackets of the Codroy Valley.






CBC and RCA Present...A Night of Music at the Hall

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This past summer CBC Radio partnered with the Resource Centre for the Arts to present a spectacular evening of music at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. The concert was a fund raising event for the Hall and by any measure it was a resounding success. The talent was exceptional. And the lucky patrons who snapped up the tickets and packed the venerable space to the rafters were treated to one of those rare nights in the old town that leaves both audience and performers feeling blessed for the experience.

The all star line up included Amelia Curran with Darren Browne and Catherine Allan; Jenny Gear and Sandy Morris; Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis; and Steven Cowan. 

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The Gospel Workshop from the 2013 NL Folk Festival

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This week it's the Sunday Morning Gospel Workshop recorded live at the 37th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. It features a powerful group of headliners from this year's event including Linda Byrne, The Good Lovelies, Daniel Romano and Ruth Moody. It's an hour of contemporary and old time Gospel Songs.

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

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Alan Doyle "Boy On Bridge"

 

 

Alan Doyle Color.jpgAlmost Forty years have passed since Alan Doyle stood on the bridge in his home town of Petty Harbour and became part of Newfoundland film history. The holywood produced movie "Whale For The Killing" was shot there in the summer of 1980 and for his role Alan received the credit "Boy On Bridge". Fast forward into the next century and Alan Doyle is now a major player in Canada's music scene. Known mainly as the front man with platinum selling trad rockers Great Big Sea, Alan has just released his first solo recording aptly titled "Boy On Bridge".

Although the CD is a solo effort he says "It may be the most collaborative project I've ever done. I just thought it would be cool to write a bunch of songs with some people I really wanted to work with and I had a blast." That blast came from the likes of Gordie Samson, Hawsley Workman and Russell Crowe.

The album was recorded all over North American from studios in Nashville, LA and Toronto to his own basement in St. John's. "I wanted to create the music where we all felt comfortable and that took us to some pretty interesting places"

CBC Radio was at Club One in St. John's for the final night of Alan's "Boy On Bridge" tour.  This exclusive recording can be heard this Saturday on the Performance Hour.

 

 

Sparks Literary Festival Part Two

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In the second of two shows recorded at the 2013 Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's, we hear from Joan Sullivan, Gerard Collins, and Eva Crocker.

They're joined by special guest Carmine Starnino, one of Canada's renowned poets.

Joan Sullivan is the author of In The Field, published by Breakwater Books. It tells the story of Stephen Norris, a volunteer with the Newfoundland Regiment in World War One, and the lasting impact the war had on his family and community.

Gerard Collins is the award-winning author of a short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, and a novel, Finton Moon. Both books are set in the fictional town of Darwin, Newfoundland.

Eva Crocker is part of the new generation of Newfoundland writers. Currently a student at Memorial University, she has been writing acclaimed fiction and poetry.

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, and critic in Montreal. He's a past winner of the Canadian Authors' Association Prize for Poetry and the David McKeen Award for Poetry. His latest book is Lazy Bastardism.

Newfoundlanders With a Story to Tell: The Sparks Literary Festival

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This week our Summer Encore Series features scenes from a Newfoundland outport during the war years, poetry about old hockey players, a glimpse of a Greek vacation gone wrong, and much more.

We'll hear it all as guest host Jamie Fitzpatrick presents the first of two shows recorded at the 2013 Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's,

The annual festival has been showcasing Newfoundland and Labrador writers since 2010, and the Performance Hour has been there every year.

For the 2013 edition, book lovers packed the Petro Canada Hall on the campus of Memorial University.

They were treated to a showcase of the spectacular range of Newfoundland literature. From that event, we'll hear:

Trudy Morgan-Cole reading from her novel, That Forgetful Shore.

Randall Maggs with selections from his acclaimed collection, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems.

Plus brand new fiction from Ramona Dearing, and the poetry of Iain McCurdy.

We'll hear further highlights from the festival in our second Sparks show, on August 17th..

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival Preview

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival celebrates its 37th annual soiree Aug 9-11 in Bowring Park. This week on The Performance Hour we preview of some of the fantastic acts performing at this years event including music from the Mahers Bahers, Joel Plaskett, Mo Kenny, D'Harmo, the Good Lovelies, Daniel Romano, Ruth Moody, and the Irish Descendants. Tom Power, member of the festival programming committee, drops by to share his insights on the music and the festival.

Amelia Curran In Concert - Summer Encore Series

 

thumbs_amelia_curran.jpgAmelia 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!

 

Guest Host Michael Crummey - Summer encore series

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We're not sure if haunting the bars and concert venues of St. John's in the first decade of the 21st century can now be considered historical fiction but this week on The Performance Hour award winning and best selling author Michael Crummey takes us on a stroll through his nights in the old town. Along the way we'll check out the likes of Amelia Curran, Billy Bragg, Sean Panting, Leonard Cohen, The Once, Feist and The Novaks.

Duane Andrews and Craig Young - where jazz meets country

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Gypsy jazz maestro Duane Andrews joins country picker extraordinaire Craig Young as we to explore the common ground of jazz, trad and country...and where else would you get the music of Django Reinhardt, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice and Rufus Guinchard all under one roof but here on The Performance Hour.





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Holly Hogan & Allan Byrne plus Rod Caines

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This week on the Performance Hour singer songwriter Rod Caines drops by to talk about the release of his debut CD "Crazy When The Sun Goes Down". And we'll have a live studio session with folk duo Holly Hogan and Allan Byrne

Below, enjoy a video exclusive of Allan Byrne and Holly Hogan, in performance at CBC.


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Louise Moyes - My Life In Music (summer encore broadcast)

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It's a fun ride that begins with early childhood memories of her Cockney parent's vinyl record collection. There she unearths a Noel Coward classic plus a rousing sing along version of "We are Soldiers of The Queen" by The Chelsea Pensioners. Adolescent years are informed by iconic performances from Billy Bragg, The Thomas Trio and The Red Albion and every young girls Diva - Annie Lennox. We'll hear soundtracks from two St. John's composers and come full circle as plans take shape for her parents 50th wedding anniversary.  

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The CBC Music NL Soungwriters Circle Part 1

 

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Nominated for a combined total of 11 MusicNL Awards this quartet ranks among the finest singer songwriters in the province. 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.

"Best New Act In Canada" Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case

 

Thumbnail image for sherman-downey.jpgThis week on the Performance Hour west coast singer songwriter and freshly minted winner of the CBC National "Searchlight Competition" Sherman Downey and his Band The Ambiguous Case. Recorded live at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's.

Sherman and the boys were voted "best new Canadian act" winning out over 3000 bands or single performers who entered the competition. Tune in and check out what all the buzz is about!



Duane Andrews and Craig Young

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Gypsy jazz maestro Duane Andrews joins country picker extraordinaire Craig Young as we to explore the common ground of jazz, trad and country...and where else would you get the music of Django Reinhardt, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice and Rufus Guinchard all under one roof but here on The Performance Hour.

Amelia Curran In Concert

 

thumbs_amelia_curran.jpgAmelia 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!

 

Guest Host Michael Crummey - Out of the garret and into the night

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We're not sure if haunting the bars and concert venues of St. John's in the first decade of the 21st century can now be considered historical fiction but this week on The Performance Hour award winning and best selling author Michael Crummey takes us on a stroll through his nights in the old town. Along the way we'll check out the likes of Amelia Curran, Billy Bragg, Sean Panting, Leonard Cohen, The Once, Feist and The Novaks.

Matthew Byrne and Friends In Concert

matthew byrne.jpgThough he emerged just a couple of years ago, Matthew Byrne ranks as one of the finest singers in contemporary Newfoundland folk music. Born into a family of music makers from Placentia Bay his repertoire is heavily influenced by this unique singing tradition. It is a tradition that thrives on the song - the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody - and Matthew's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. 

In this live concert recording at a sold out LSPU Hall in St. John's Matthew presents tasteful and honest interpretations of folk music delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. He is joined by his Dardanelles band mates Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis, his brother Alan, Billy Sutton and Geraldine Hollett.

Encore broadcast of 2011 CBC/Music NL Songwriters Circle

This Saturday on The Performance Hour an encore broadcast of the 2011 CBC Music NL Songwriters Circle with Matthew Hornell, Andrew James O'Brien, Kim Stockwood and featuring the Man of A Thousand Songs - Ron Hynes.

Guest Host Louise Moyes Presents - My Life In Music

Louise Moyes by Justin Hall resized.JPGThis week on The Performance Hour dancer, documentarian and multidisciplinary performance artist Louise Moyes presents an hour of songs and stories she calls "My Life In Music". 
  
It's a fun ride that begins with early childhood memories of her Cockney parent's vinyl record collection. There she unearths a Noel Coward classic plus a rousing sing along version of "We are Soldiers of The Queen" by The Chelsea Pensioners. Adolescent years are informed by iconic performances from Billy Bragg, The Thomas Trio and The Red Albion and every young girls Diva - Annie Lennox. We'll hear soundtracks from two St. John's composers and come full circle as plans take shape for her parents 50th wedding anniversary.  

Photo Credit Justin Hall
  

Rod Caines, Holly Hogan and Allan Byrne

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This week on the Performance Hour singer songwriter Rod Caines drops by to talk about the release of his debut CD "Crazy When The Sun Goes Down". And we'll have a live studio session with folk duo Holly Hogan and Allan Byrne

Below, enjoy a video exclusive of Allan Byrne and Holly Hogan, in performance at CBC.


Jeff Parsons photo credit

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The Fictional Life: Newfoundland Books, Readers, and Writers

Writer, broadcaster and guest host Jamie Fitzpatrick presents The Fictional Life, a two-part series featuring readers and writers in Newfoundland and Labrador..

Jamie's guests include: Joan Clark, who reveals the perfect opening paragraph as composed by Carol Shields;Monica Kidd, explaining how Tom Robbins perfectly captures the month of February; Fred Armstrong, defending Wind in the Willows as a novel for adults; Andrew Loman, casting his vote for the best ever book-to-movie adaptation.
 
Also, in our panel discussions, Michael Crummey and Bernice Morgan discuss what happens when history meets fiction in the Newfoundland novel, and Kenneth J. Harvey and Edward Riche talk about myths and stereotypes in Newfoundland writing.

The Fictional Life will run on the Performance Hour Saturday January 12 and 19.

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Sessions In The Old Town Vol 2 - The Radio Mix

St. John's can proudly boast one of the most vibrant and robust music scenes in all of Canada. This week The Performance Hour presents Sessions In The Old Town Vol 2, the Radio mix of our CBC TV special featuring three of the hottest acts to have come out of the old town in years. We'll hear some fantastic live studio recordings and interviews with host Tom Power featuring award winning singer songwriter Andrew James O'Brien, jazz composer and multi instrumentalist Patrick Boyle with his Quartet and the hot young trad pop group Ashelin.

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2 Time Juno Award Winner David Braid

12_David_Braid_thumb[1].jpgThis week on the Performance Hour 2 time Juno Award winning pianist and composer David Braid. Hailed by McLeans Magazine as "A Jazz Genius to call our own" Braid's music is lyrical, his playing impeccable and his inventive approach to the instrument inspiring. Recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over eighty works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' "JazzID Award. David Braid was recorded at the D.F Cook Recital Hall in St. John's on a stop during his international touring schedule.

2 Time Juno Award Winner David Braid

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This week on the Performance Hour 2 time Juno Award winning pianist and composer David Braid. Hailed by McLeans Magazine as "A Jazz Genius to call our own"  Braid's music is lyrical, his playing impeccable and his inventive approach to the instrument inspiring.

Recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over eighty works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' "JazzID Award.

David Braid was recorded at the D.F Cook Recital Hall in St. John's on a stop during his international touring schedule.
 
 

It's Christmas with The Once

 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for highres-oncepic.jpgNewfoundland's folk/roots trio "The Once" celebrate the yuletide spirit with their fourth annual Christmas concert at the historic Gower Street United Church in St. John's. The show is a graceful weave of traditional and contemporary folk music with seasonal classics beautifully arranged to feature their spectacular vocals and harmonies. Recently voted Vocal Group of The Year at The Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Once, Andrew Dale, Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill, are joined by special guests Matthew Byrne and Greg Walsh.


Photo Credit Renita Fillatre

 

Christmas In The Archives

Guest host Jamie Fitzpatrick presents Christmas in the Archives:

From the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, a sampling of seasonal broadcasts from years past. We'll hear season's greetings from Newfoundland to the British Empire in 1943, a ride aboard the Newfoundland Railway on Christmas Day 1959, a 1973 program on the declining outport tradition of mummering, and much more.

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Christmas tree albero_.jpgIf you're still pondering what to get that certain someone for Christmas you might want to consider the gift of music. This week on The Performance Hour I'll chat with a group of colleagues who have close ties to the music industry including Tom Power, Chris O'Neill-Yates, Christine Davis and Gord O'Brien. They'll share their picks from this year's crop of releases and conjure up a few classics from Christmas past. The gift of music, this week on The Performance Hour.

Andrew James O'Brien and The Searchers In Concert

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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).

A Performance Hour Documentary Special: "A Bullet for the General"

One of  the latest audio features from Newfoundland documentary maker Chris Brookes unravels the mystery of Major General Hugh Tudor.Tudor mugshot-1.jpg

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.

"A Map Of The Body" written and performed by Monica Kidd

This week on the Performance Hour a repeat broadcast of the international award winning " A Map of The Body" written and performed by writer, broadcaster and medical doctor Monica Kidd. This hour long spoken word piece won the Gold Medal at New York's "Gracie Awards" presented by Alliance For Women in Media.

Amelia Curran launches her latest CD "Spectators"

 

thumbs_amelia_curran.jpgAmelia 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!

 

 

Tom's All Bluegrass Special

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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.

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.

2 Time Juno Award Winner David Braid

12_David_Braid_thumb[1].jpg This week on the Performance Hour 2 time Juno Award winning pianist and composer David Braid. Hailed by McLeans Magazine as "A Jazz Genius to call our own" Braid's music is lyrical, his playing impeccable and his inventive approach to the instrument inspiring. Recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over eighty works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' "JazzID Award. David Braid was recorded at the D.F Cook Recital Hall in St. John's on a stop during his international touring schedule.

Sessions In The Old Town Vol 2 - The Radio Mix

St. John's can proudly boast one of the most vibrant and robust music scenes in all of Canada. This week The Performance Hour presents Sessions In The Old Town Vol 2. It's the Radio mix of our CBC TV special featuring three of the hottest acts to have come out of the old town in years. We'll hear some fantastic live studio recordings and interviews with host Tom Power featuring award winning singer songwriter Andrew James O'Brien, jazz composer and multi instrumentalist Patrick Boyle with his Quartet and the hot young trad pop group Ashelin.

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Alan Doyle "Boy On Bridge"

 

 

Alan Doyle Color.jpgAlmost Forty years have passed since Alan Doyle stood on the bridge in his home town of Petty Harbour and became part of Newfoundland film history. The holywood produced movie "Whale For The Killing" was shot there in the summer of 1980 and for his role Alan received the credit "Boy On Bridge". Fast forward into the next century and Alan Doyle is now a major player in Canada's music scene. Known mainly as the front man with platinum selling trad rockers Great Big Sea, Alan has just released his first solo recording aptly titled "Boy On Bridge".

Although the CD is a solo effort he says "It may be the most collaborative project I've ever done. I just thought it would be cool to write a bunch of songs with some people I really wanted to work with and I had a blast." That blast came from the likes of Gordie Samson, Hawsley Workman and Russell Crowe.

The album was recorded all over North American from studios in Nashville, LA and Toronto to his own basement in St. John's. "I wanted to create the music where we all felt comfortable and that took us to some pretty interesting places"

CBC Radio was at Club One in St. John's for the final night of Alan's "Boy On Bridge" tour.  This exclusive recording can be heard this Saturday on the Performance Hour.

 

 

Matthew Byrne and Friends In Concert

matthew byrne.jpgThough he emerged just a couple of years ago, Matthew Byrne ranks as one of the finest singers in contemporary Newfoundland folk music. Born into a family of music makers from Placentia Bay his repertoire is heavily influenced by this unique singing tradition. It is a tradition that thrives on the song - the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody - and Matthew's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. 

In this live concert recording at a sold out LSPU Hall in St. John's Matthew presents tasteful and honest interpretations of folk music delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. He is joined by his Dardanelles band mates Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis, his brother Alan, Billy Sutton and Geraldine Hollett.

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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The Performance Hour Celebrates The Folk Festival

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk FestivalThumbnail image for nlfolkfest0807_D316510.jpeg turns 36 this weekend and Saturday on the Performance Hour we celebrate that milestone with a cast of characters who share a strong connection with the event. Our guests include Anita Best, Fergus O'Byrne, Matthew Byrne, Linda Slade and Roger Lockyer. We'll talk about the early days, swap some festival stories and feature music by Jim Payne, The Dardanelles, James Keelaghan and more. The Performance Hour Celebrates the Folk Festival - The Bone China Edition, Saturday Aug 4.