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November 2011 Archives

From Storefront to Studio: Busker and Songwriter Danielle Bailey on the Performance Hour

She's a regular outside the Sobey's on Merrymeeting Road in St. John's.

If you're picking up groceries or seeking a libation at the adjacent liquor store, you might hear Danielle Bailey sing a Dylan song, or a John Prine song, or maybe one of her own.

Danielle came in from the cold to record a session in Studio F at CBC St. John's, and talk about her music. You'll hear it this Saturday (Dec. 3) on the Performance Hour.

For a preview of the show, check out this video of Danielle Bailey, made during her visit to Studio F. She sings "Whiskey and Women," one of three original songs you'll hear this Saturday.

And if you see her on your next shopping trip, singing her heart out on the sidewalk, toss a Loonie her way. It will be another small boost for a burgeoning songwriter.

Performance Hour Video: Danielle Bailey Sings "Whiskey and Women"

Danielle will be our guest on Saturday, December 3, chatting and playing a few tunes.

In advance of that show, here's a video shoot from one of the songs Danielle did during her session in Studio F at CBC St. John's.

It's a great tune that grabbed our attention when she performed it at

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Superpickers! and the Peter Narvaez Legacy

 superpickers.jpgI wound up in one of the best places in North America for folk music, and that's Newfoundland. I feel like I've been blessed musically... As long as you're expressing yourself from the heart, people dig your music. It's a fantastic place to live and call home. - Peter Narvaez, April, 2011

Acoustic blues, ragtime, and country music, played with finger-picking guitar and a moaning harmonica.

It's the kind of music Peter Narvaez loved and thrived on all his life.

Peter passed away last week at the age of 69, leaving a great legacy as a Newfoundland musician and folklorist.

The final chapter in that legacy was a collaboration with Glen Collins and Sandy Morris. They called themselves Superpickers!

The Superpickers! album, Blues on the Ceiling, was released last spring. It's a showcase of roots music and original songs.

In retrospect, it's also a great sendoff for Peter Narvaez, who handled finger-picked guitar, blues harp, and lead vocals.

In April, the three men of Superpickers! dropped by the CBC studio for an extended chat with the Performance Hour, and we played several cuts from the album.

We'll rebroadcast that show this Saturday (Nov. 19), as a tribute to the Peter Narvaez.

Photo: Sandy Morris, Peter Narvaez, Glen Collins (L-R).

The Fine Art of Jigs, Reels and Murder Ballads

hewson and smith.jpgCreative partnerships are volatile. Keeping one together requires diplomacy, humility, an open mind, and an appreciation of the big picture. 

Genuine friendship doesn't hurt, either. Which brings us to Jean Hewson and Christina Smith, friends and musical soul mates.

2010 marked their 25th year as a fiddle-and-guitar duo and institution on the Newfoundland and Labrador folk music scene.

"The Ducks," as they occasionally call themselves, celebrated with a pair of rousing anniversary concerts in November, and you'll hear the highlights this Saturday (Nov. 5) on the Performance Hour.

Jean and Christina play many of their most popular songs and tunes. They're joined by special guest Daniel Payne, and a packed house of trad music fans who take the show home with a series of standing ovations.