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March 2011 Archives

Patrick Boyle's Ode to Confederation

patrick boyle and band.jpgMarking the 62nd anniversary of Newfoundland's union with Canada, the Performance Hour features new music by Patrick Boyle.

Well Enough Alone: The Confederation Suite was composed by Patrick in a special commission for CBC Radio.

You'll hear the debut broadcast, recorded during a concert at the LSPU Hall in St. John's.

It features an all-star lineup of Newfoundland jazz alumni:

  • Patrick Boyle, trumpet and flugelhorn.
  • John Nugent, saxophone.
  • Bill Brennan, piano.
  • Jim Vivian, bass.
  • Michael Billard, drums.

The second set from this concert featured another Patrick Boyle composition: Same Here, along with Charlie Parker's Confirmation and the Gershwin classic Embraceable You.  


Tom's All-Bluegrass Shindig


Guest host Tom Power, local musician, folklorist and host of "Deep Roots" on CBC Radio 2, shares his passion for the music that shaped him as a person, player and broadcaster.

Growing up in suburban St. John's, Tom stumbled upon bluegrass music when he heard the award-winning movie soundtrack "Oh Brother Where Art Thou." It changed his life.

He began taking banjo lessons with the renowned academic and bluegrass aficionado Neil Rosenberg, and soon formed his own band in the basement of his parents' house in Cowan Heights.

Ten years later, Tom has a folklore degree from Memorial University, a national CBC Radio Show, and he tours North America with his Newfoundland trad band The Dardanelles.

On this week's show he plays many of his bluegrass favourites, including classics from the great Bill Monroe and early innovators Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (pictured), as well as tunes by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Bela Fleck, and Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers.

Web Video: Tim Baker, Sherman Downey, and Jody Richardson Perform in Studio F

As I mentioned in the previous post, we're beginning a new occasional series this week: "Sessions in F."

Thanks to our friends at CBC Television, here's a look at the making of the show, with Tim Baker, Sherman Downey and Jody Richardson performing live off the floor in Studio F at CBC St. John's.

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"Sessions in F" with Tim Baker, Jody Richardson, Sherman Downey, and Maggie Meyer

This Saturday, the Performance Hour presents a "Session in F."

That would be Studio F, at our CBC production center in St. John's.

We invited four artists to take a break from the bars, concert halls, and festival stages. By gathering them in the more intimate studio environment, we get an inside look at the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene.

Our first "Sessions in F" show features Sherman Downey, Jody Richardson of the Pathological Lovers, Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!, and Maggie Meyer.

They dropped by the studio one night to play a few songs and share their thoughts on the struggles and rewards of making music.

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The Singer and the Player

Every vocalist needs an accompaniest, a trusted partner who can help the singer hit just the right note, in every sense.

jenny and sandy.jpgThe accompaniest is usually found playing guitar or piano, supporting and cajoling the singer, drawing back and pushing forward again.

When the partnership works, it truly illuminates the music.

This Saturday (March 12), we feature three successful collaborations in Newfoundland music, recorded in a concert called "Two by Two by Two."

You'll hear Jeff Dyer accompanied by Bill Brennan, Jenny Gear with Sandy Morris and his guitar at her side, and Julia Halfyard joined by her piano man, Brian Way.

It's an eclectic hour of music ranging from jazz standards to cabaret show-stoppers and covers of pop classics like "Purple Rain."

Duane and Dwayne: Tunes Across the Cabot Strait

duane-and-dwayne.jpgSince the release of his debut album in 2004, Duane Andrews has staked a claim as one of the great entertainers in Newfoundland and Labrador with his dazzling guitar style.

Duane is also an enthusiastic collaborator, always on the lookout for new and inspiring partnerships.

Not long ago, that search brought him to Cape Breton Island. That's the home of Dwayne Cote, a fiddler who has been described as the best kept secret in Celtic music.

Their collaboration explores a shared love of jigs, reels, and swinging jazz.

From a concert tour marking the release of their debut CD, we'll hear Dwayne and Duane recorded live in St. John's.