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November 2010 Archives

Night Music for Weekend Shut-Ins

jetset.jpgThe night owls rule the live music scene in St. John's.

In most downtown bars, a band rarely starts before 10:30. If there's more than one act on the bill, it's usually around 12:30 or 1:00 AM before the headliner takes the stage.

All well and good if you're the sort of person who keeps those hours.

But where does it leave the early-to-bed music lover?

If that person has a taste for rock, pop, and celtic music - the sort of stuff that thrives in bars - it's almost impossible to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest.

That's where this Saturday's (December 4) edition of the Performance Hour comes in.

We'll prowl the latest CDs and downloads from Newfoundland artists, playing you the best tracks at a decent hour of the day.

You might even get a Christmas gift idea or two by the time the show is over.

Photo: Jetset Motel are a band of Newfoundlanders making music in Toronto.

Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians and Their Roots


sherry ryan-4.jpgWhat Nfld blues singer was changed forever by a concert he saw on television?

Which artist still credits a children's song as one of the best she's ever heard?

What classic voices still capture the imagination of one of St. John's most promising young folk singers?

We'll find out this Saturday (Nov. 20) as the Performance Hour continues its occasional series on Newfoundland musicians and their early influences.

The guests are Chris Kirby, Sherry Ryan (pictured), and Matthew Byrne. They join me to talk about favourite singers and memorable songs.

Amelia Curran and Friends in the Songwriters' Circle

Amelia Curran ran the table at last month's Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards: four nominations, four awards.

That gives her a quartet of Music NL trophies to flank the Juno Award she won last spring.

The hottest name in Newfoundland music did more than collect an armload of awards during the Music NL weekend in Rocky Harbour.

She also hosted the 2010 CBC-MusicNL Songwriters' Circle, episode two.

Taking the stage at the Fishermen's Landing Inn, Amelia performed songs from her acclaimed album, Hunter Hunter.

She was joined by Teresa EnnisRick Lambe, and Andrew O'Brien, all of them sharing songs and stories before a packed house of west coast music fans.

Our CBC radio recording crew was on hand to capture it all, and you'll hear that show this Saturday (November 13) on the Performance Hour. 

The Circle of Payne: Jim, Charlie, Daniel, and Roy

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It was an occasion for endless punning: what a Payne... a Payne-ful experience... and so on.

It was also an occasion for great music from a quartet of consummate Newfoundland entertainers, and you'll hear it this Saturday (Nov. 6) on the Performance Hour.

The "Circle of Payne" took place last month in Rocky Harbour, during the 2010 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards Weekend.

Jim Payne, Charlie Payne, Daniel Payne, and Roy Payne gathered on stage at the Fisherman's Landing Inn, where they shared songs, tunes, and stories from their diverse musical backgrounds.

The session also includes my interview with Roy Payne, the man behind classic songs like "The Little Boats of Newfoundland" and "No Price Tags on the Doors of Newfoundland."

The weekend was a homecoming for Roy Payne, who was born and raised in Trout River, not far from Rocky Harbour. A few hours after this show was recorded, he was honoured with Music Newfoundland and Labrador's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Photo: Roy joins the Circle of Payne at the Fishermen's Landing Inn.

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