Nfld. & Labrador

Simani's Davidge gets honorary degree

Everard "Bud" Davidge — one half of traditional Newfoundland music duo SIMANI — received an honorary doctor of laws degree in Corner Brook on Friday.

Bud Davidge gets an honorary degree more than forty years after graduating from Memorial.

Bud Davidge received an honorary degree in Corner Brook on Friday, May 11, 2012. (CBC)

Everard "Bud" Davidge — one half of the traditional Newfoundland music duo SIMANI — received an honorary doctor of laws degree in Corner Brook on Friday. 

Davidge's musical partner Sim Savoury died two years ago at the age of 63. The duo's name — SIMANI — is rumoured to come from the answer Davidge gave to a stranger's question about who was playing the night of duo's first show — Sim and I. 

SIMANI's most popular tune is The Mummer's Song. It was published as an illustrated children's book in 1993 and received an award from the American Folklore Society in 1994.

The duo's other hits include Saltwater Cowboys, Music and Friends and the Little Blue Forget Me Not, a tribute to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

SIMANI produced a dozen albums; Davidge recorded three solo albums.

Davidge has a recording studio, SWC Productions, in his current home of English Harbour West. He received two bachelor's degrees from Memorial University and a master of arts from the University of Toronto.