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WAM Dec1-2 Liner Notes Repartee

This year’s Music NL gala awards show was dominated by group of young musicians with a pop-sync sound heavily ladeled with keyboards and ever changing tempos.

Made up of Nick Coultas Clarke, Josh Banfield, Meg Warren and Robbie Brett, Repartee garnered 5 awards that included Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Pop/Rock Artist/Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice for their self-titled debut record.

Repartee was first formed in 2007 and now with a solid line-up, they have all tasked themselves with taking their music career as far as they can.

Repartee has just released,”Hello, Hello ,Hello”…their latest Masterppiece.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Naomi Russell

She plays five instruments and counting. Still in her teens she is writing her own material and performing it every chance she gets. Fourteen-year-old Naomi Russell has alreaddy decided on a career. And as you’re about to discover.. I don’t think she lacks the drive and ambition to make it happen. Not to mention she inherited the music gene. Naomi Russell joined me earlier this week in our studio to chat about her music and to perform a couple of tunes.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Mallard Cottage

It’s a slice of history about 200 years old. On 2 barrows Road in Quidi Vidi Village. The restoration of what will be a restaurant is moving ahead. The Vokeys from Trinity and doing the refurbishment of the iconic structure. They were on a break when I stopped down to have a look at what’s been done so far. The facade of the buiding is finished and I was struck with how much it looks like the old windows and clapboard on Mallard Cottage. Chefs, co-owners Todd Perrin and Stephen Lee took me on a tour of the renos.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Suzanne Fitzgerald

It was an encounter she had with a little girl in a women’s centre while on duty that got Suzanne Fitzgerald thinking. Fitzgerald is an RNC officer but she is also a craftsperson. After that incident she got the idea of using her talents to help kids living in shelters…. and their moms. So she enlisted other craftspeople to help her fill baskets that those children would give their moms as Christmas gifts. And the Gifts for Mom Project was born. A group of these vendors are holding their Gifts for Mom Craft Project today in Mount Pearl. Suzannne Fitzgerald dropped by to talk about the Gifts for Mom Project.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Emma Butler

Larry Hagman came to fame in the in 1960’s as the lead in I Dream of Jeannie. But Hagman became a household name in the 1980s for his role as an oil baron, the odious JR Ewing on the hit series Dallas. Hagman died yesterday at the age of 81. Emma Butler has a memory of Larry Hagman. It’s an episode worthy of an I Dream of Jeannie plot.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Cuffer Winner

This years winner of the Cuffer Award is Wanda Nolan.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Dr. Kate Galloway

Dr. Kate Galloway has done something no other researcher has done before. She’s won a prestigious award that has never before been awarded to a music researcher. Galloway is the recipient of the 2012 Postdoctoral Prize from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It’s for her project examining the intersection of classicla muisc and environmental issues. Another first: it’s the first time any MUN researcher has won this award. Galloway works at MUN’s Research Centre for the STudy of Music, Media and Place. She stopped by our studio earlier in the week.

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WAM Nov 24-25 Liner Notes Billy Hickey

Billy Hickey has been involved in music since his teenage high school days when he played in bands with a bunch of his buddies. With the release of enough origional material to fill 3 CD’s, Billy and local rock band,”Timbre”, toured the country living the music dream as seen from the inside of a van.

Today Billy splits his time between a career in the fast moving communications world and shuttling his two children from ballet to music lessons and everything in between.

But Billy has still managed to steal away some time to put his musical thoughts on paper for a very special project…..a solo CD that takes him “From There to Here”.

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WAM Nov 17-18 Laxshmi Puja

Diwali - commonly known as the festival of lights - is perhaps the most important Hindu festival. It is part of five days of celebrations performed by Hindus at this time of year. It is to celebrate the return of the god Rama after 14 years of exile. Yesterday I had the priviege of attending the Laxshmi Puja at the Hindu temple in St. John’s. Mina Acharaya explained the ceremony and its importance in the life of Hindus.

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WAM Nov17-18 Greg Malone

The question of how exactly Newfoundland became the 10th province of Canada still has the power to intrigue. In his new book, Don’t tell the Newfoundlanders, Greg Malone maked the case for it having been done through connivance, mendcity and abuse. For four years Greg has pored over thousands of once top-secret documents that have been released in recent decades…. Most notably - but certainly not limited to those of Paul Bridle, a senior civil servant in Ottawa who worked on the Newfoundland file. Greg Malone stopped by to talk about Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders.

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WAM Nov 17-18 Jocelyne Thomas

Folklorist Jocelyne Thomas has a unique and very personal connection to a project being launched this week by Memorial University’s Folklore Department.. Jocelyne has been working on the project “Voices of the Past”. And next Friday the result of her work, the online collection of the Centre d’etudes franco-terreneuviens will be revealed. The collection was bequeathed to Jocelyne by her father, Professor Gerald Thomas. And it contains recording and other archival materials dating back to 1970 . All collected by Thomas himself. Jocelyne stopped by our studio to talk about this massive project.

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WAM Nov 17-18 Donna Thistle

The St. John’s restaurant Gracie Joe’s ignited a debate this week by admitting it’s been allowing customers to bring their own wine. After that the head of the Liquor Corporation told CBc he couldn’t see a problem and that they’d be asking government to change the laws. Donna Thistle is all for that. Thistle just can’t see how allowing people to bring their own wine is going to hurt business. She says restaurants will still making money with a corking fees. And don’t have to inventory expensive wines. People will come to your restaurant to eat if you give them the flexibility to bring their own wines.

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WAM Nov 17-18 Barbara Pratt - New Collection

Ships and love of ships permeate Barabara Pratt's new collection.  Host Chris O'Neill-Yates stopped by the Emma Bulter Gallery to take a look and to talk with Barabara about Ships.

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WAM Nov 17-18 Liner Notes Great Big Sea

Time now for Liner Notes….

Twenty years ago they started out with a vision to build a career by playing the music of their ancestors for anyone who would listen.

Since then they have toured the world, collected wallfuls of gold and platinum records and rubbed shoulders with a who’s who on the international music scene.

Now with the release of their 20th anniversary box set,”XX” which has gone gold, Great Big Sea can safely say,”mission accomplished”.

But GBS are not ready to rest on their royalties just yet. Collectively they are booked on a cross country tour due to start in the new year while pursuing individual projects.

One could say that they were,” Born To Believe”.

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WAM Nov11-12 Graham Fraser

The Official languages act was introduced in 1969. Many changes have taken place, and attitudes about bilingualism have changed. But there is still more work to be done across the country and in this province. The official Languages commissioner visited this province this week. He met with government officials - both federal and provincial - as well as the francophone community. Graham Fraser came into our studio talk with me about the state of French as an official language in this province.

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WAM Nov10-11 Dave Sullivan

At the age of 26, Sgt. Michael Francis Kelly was killed at Beaumont Hamel. He was a husband and father who was born and raised on Cabot Street in St. John’s. Local teacher and actor Dave Sullivan also lived on Cabot Street. Dave created what he calls a fictional biography of Sgt. Kelly and his short but courageous life. Here now is Dave Sullivan with his performance.

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WAM Nov 10-11 Craft Fair

There’s a word I don’t plan to use too often between now and the middle of December. So you won’t be hearing carols or the use of the word “Christmas” . I won’t be wearing out the season weeks before it gets here. But there’s this craft fair I want to tell you about. The Craft Council’s 39th Christmas Craft Fair. It showcases some of the premier work you will find in this province.
It opens at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s this coming Wednesday, November 14th and it runs until Sunday the 18th. Anne Manuel is the Executive Director of the NL Craft Council. I caught up with Anne at a very busy Devon House.

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WAM Nov 10-11 Terry French

There’s more money to attract tourists to the Atlantic Provinces. Twenty million dollars was committed by the federal government through ACOA this week to get more people to visit here from the UK and the US. Terry French is back in the tourism and culture portfolio after last month’s cabinet shuffle. French is co-chair of the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership.

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WAM Nov 10-11 Michael Fantuz

Tide and wind and crag, Seaweed and seashell And broken rudder And the story is told Of dreams that survive the night. Of doors held ajar in storms. Those words by EJ Pratt are interpreted and brought to life in “Between Tides”, the title of a new exhibition of work by Gander artist Michael Fantuz. It is a collection of mono- and poly-chromatic oil paintings, acrylics and photographs. And it comes after a trip with his wife and daughter to the South Coast of Newfoundland. Fantuz opened his exhibition last night at the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s.

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WAM Nov 10-11 Liner Notes Sabrina Whyatt

Sabrina Whyatt is just as comfortable swinging a crab trap from the Atlantic Ocean on the provinces north coast as she is swinging to the beat of one of her new songs in a Toronto recording studio.

She’s always had her finger in a musical pie and has been working aboard a fishing boat since a chance summer job provided an opportunity for some quick needed cash.

Now with one foot firmly planted in the crab fishing industry and the other in the music business, Sabrina has just released her lastest CD,” Home In A Song”.

And she’ll be the first to tell you that her music has a definite country rock sound but you’ll definitley hear her Newfoundland roots playing through…..like this origional song,” Raisw Your Hands”….

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WAM Nov 3-4 Andy Jones

Uncle Val. Frank Arsenpuffin. Father Dinn. The new Tartuffe. Creator of more characters than you can shake a stick at for the stage, movies and television, Andy Jones continues also to make his mark in the world of the written word with his continuing series of Jack tales.

Andy, illustrator Darka Erdelji, and Running the Goat Books and Broadsides have just released their third book together, Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves. Both their previous books have been critical and commercial successes - Jack and the Manger, andThe Queen of Paradise’s Garden also have been nominated for and won awards.

Andy joined me in the studio this week to talk about Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves.

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WAM Nov 3-4 Bellows and Bows

Dr. Sherry Johnson studies the confluence of music and dance in the traditions that spread across our country and she has guest-produced this set of dance music for MMaP, the Research Centre of Music Media and Place at Memorial University.

The cds come with a booklet that details the history of the music and dancing from our ten provinces and three territories. It includes recording information and artist biographies. There are photographs of the performers and histories of the instruments in Canada.

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WAM Nov 3-4 Derek Peddle

Many of us share nursery rhymes as memories from our youngest days.

But what about today … what about new nursery rhymes for the twenty-first century?

Derek Peddle is a self-taught commercial artist from Whitbourne who works in advertising and publicity.

Derek perceived a need for new bedtime rhymes and proceeded to write and illustrate Under My Pillow Book: a collection of original betdime rhymes to fill it. The book has just recently come out.

Derek joined me in the studio this week and I asked him from where the idea for the book came.

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WAM Nov 3-4 Liner Notes Paul Lamb

Paul Lamb has toured from one end of Canada to the other. He has shared a stage with big name acts and has garnered his fair share of hardware including a Juno nomination.

Origionaly from this provinces’ captial city Paul now makes his home in Halifax where he spends his musical time with the bands Wreckhouse and Crush and his solo gigs with his trusty acoustic guitar.

Paul has recently put a big tick on his bucket list. He released a solo CD of material that he hopes will stand the test of time.

“Get To What’s Real” is precisely that CD. The song ideas came from everywhere, including a bite of lunch at the end of the line with some good people.

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