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episodes: March 2011 Archives

Patrick Boyle's Ode to Confederation

patrick boyle and band.jpgMarking the 62nd anniversary of Newfoundland's union with Canada, the Performance Hour features new music by Patrick Boyle.

Well Enough Alone: The Confederation Suite was composed by Patrick in a special commission for CBC Radio.

You'll hear the debut broadcast, recorded during a concert at the LSPU Hall in St. John's.

It features an all-star lineup of Newfoundland jazz alumni:

  • Patrick Boyle, trumpet and flugelhorn.
  • John Nugent, saxophone.
  • Bill Brennan, piano.
  • Jim Vivian, bass.
  • Michael Billard, drums.

The second set from this concert featured another Patrick Boyle composition: Same Here, along with Charlie Parker's Confirmation and the Gershwin classic Embraceable You.  


Tom's All-Bluegrass Shindig


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.

Web Video: Tim Baker, Sherman Downey, and Jody Richardson Perform in Studio F

As I mentioned in the previous post, we're beginning a new occasional series this week: "Sessions in F."

Thanks to our friends at CBC Television, here's a look at the making of the show, with Tim Baker, Sherman Downey and Jody Richardson performing live off the floor in Studio F at CBC St. John's.

Tim Baker

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Sherman Downey

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Jody Richardson

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