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WAM August 20-21 Joan Andersen

The influences on music in Labrador are as big as all out doors. Fishers, trappers, loggers, hunters, locals and imports, the churches and the radio all had a huge effect on what comes out of there. And the songs reflect and capture all this culture, like photographs or memoirs. Beverly Diamond of Memorial University's Research Centre for Music Media and Place, MmAP, realised there was too much to handle for the entirety of Labrador, so all hands focussed on Makkovik, and the music-making of Gerald Mitchell. And it was all Joan Andersen's big idea!

I called Joan in Makkovik this week and asked her from where the idea for the collection came.

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