Nfld. & Labrador

After half a century, Anita Best and Sandy Morris finally make an album together

They have been friends and fellow musicians since the late 1960s, but the new album from Anita Best and Sandy Morris is the first time they've recorded as a duo.

Have a First Listen to Some Songs, by Anita Best and Sandy Morris

Anita Best and Sandy Morris often perform together, and now they've made their first album as a duo, called Some Songs. (Courtesy Anita Best )

Sandy Morris and Anita Best have been friends and fellow musicians since the late 1960s, but their new album, Some Songs, is the first time they have recorded as a duo.

"It just seemed like we should do something permanent, so they [the songs] don't go when we do," joked Morris.

Some Songs is a collection of 16 tracks, mostly written by Newfoundland and Labrador songwriters, with a few French folk songs thrown into the mix.

Artistic legends

Both Morris and Best are legends in the artistic life of Newfoundland and Labrador.

They were around during the cultural renaissance of the early 1970s, when young artists started putting their own spins on traditional Newfoundland and Labrador culture.  

Morris is a member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and has played in dozens of bands of many musical genres. He's also a respected music producer and mentor.  

Best is well known for her singing with Pamela Morgan of Figgy Duff,  and for her work as a folklorist, collecting and performing traditional folk songs of Newfoundland and Labrador.   

Keeping it fresh

Even though Best and Morris are now seasoned veterans in the provincial music scene, they are always looking for fresh angles in their work.

"I like to try to find more modern settings for the traditional songs," said Morris. "I look for something that's a little bit hipper and groovier."

"I'm a real believer in that what you do is bring the traditions of your forefathers into your generation and you pass them on to the next generation," said Best.

Weekend AM host Heather Barrett caught up with Morris and Best at the March Hare in Corner Brook in early March.

Have a First Listen to their conversation

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About the Author

Heather Barrett

CBC

Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.