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Matthew Byrne Digs Into the Newfoundland Songbook

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Though he emerged just a couple of years ago, Matthew Byrne ranks as one of Newfoundland's finest folk singers.

But you won't hear him doing many of the tried and true favourites.

Rather than treat everyone to yet another rendition of Lukey's Boat or Kelligrew's Soiree, he digs through the folklore collections for stuff most of us haven't heard before.

So every time you hear Matthew sing, there's a good chance you'll discover another page of the Newfoundland songbook.

This Saturday (May 19), Matthew Byrne drops by the CBC St. John's studio to sing a few ballads and talk about his fascination with our vast and varied folk culture.

A Note to Those in the St. John's Area: 
Join us for Matthew Byrne in concert at the LSPU Hall on Thursday, May 31. He'll have a variety of special guests, including Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis of The Dardanelles. Tickets are available at the LSPU Hall box office. The show will be recorded for broadcast on The Performance Hour.

Also on this week's show, we'll hear from the debut album by Pilot to Bombardier, and chat with the local jazz-funk trio Evry7th.

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