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April 2012 Archives

Performance Hour Video: Pamela Morgan Sings "The Frog Prince"

Pamela Morgan is back in the game.

After nearly three decades devoted to folk and traditional music, Pamela stepped away for the last few years.

We haven't heard much from her since the summer of 2008, when she led a reunion of Newfoundland and Labrador's seminal folk group, Figgy Duff.

Now she's recording and performing again, and you'll hear her new songs this Saturday (May 5) in a session recorded exclusively for the Performance Hour.

From that session, here's Pamela Morgan filmed live off the floor of Studio F at CBC St. John's.

She sings a lyric by the great Newfoundland poet Tom Dawe, set to music composed by Pamela.

It wonders whether the prince of fairy tale legend might ever long for his days as a frog, and regret the kiss that changed everything.


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The Symphonic Amelia Curran


It's been quite a journey for the woman who got her start busking on the streets of St. John's.

These days Amelia Curran is considered one of the great young voices in Canadian music.

This Saturday you'll hear her songs in a whole new context, in a concert recorded at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.

Amelia sings with Symphony Nova Scotia, giving some of her finest songs the full, sweeping symphonic treatment.

Conductor Shalom Bard leads the ensemble through arrangements written by two of Amelia's longtime collaborators, Erin Costello and Phil Sedore.

You'll hear favourites like Scattered and Small, Bye-Bye Montreal, and All Hands on a Grain of Sand, delivered with swelling strings and muscular brass. 

With a brand new album in the works, the concert provides a look back at how Amelia Curran's music has evolved during her meteoric rise over the last few years.

Most of us are used to hearing Amelia Curran accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar.

But the "big" sound brings out nuances of dramatic tension, humour, and insight that you might not have heard before.

Also this week, poetry by Kerri Cull of Labrador City. She reads from her new collection, Soak, and talks about it.

Andrew James O'Brien Live in St. John's

157.jpgThey are few and far between, the songwriters who can stop you in your tracks, have you hanging on every word.

Andrew James O'Brien first appeared on this show as part of the 2010 CBC-Music NL Songwriters Circle in Rocky Harbour.

Almost nobody in the room knew who he was. His first album was still a few months away.

But from the moment he began his first song, you could hear a pin drop.

He's had that effect on audiences everywhere, and his days as an unknown performer are long over.

Last month, Andrew James O'Brien and his band the Searchers took the stage of the LSPU Hall in St. John's.

Fans packed the house for a pair of shows presented by CBC Radio, and the event turned into a celebration of one of the great young voices in Newfoundland music.

It was quite a time, as you'll hear this Saturday.


Photo: Andrew James O'Brien with Catherine Allan of his band the Searchers. (Bud Gaulton).

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Performance Hour Video: A New Song from Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan took an extended break from music for the last few years.

We haven't heard much from her since 2008, when she led a summer reunion of Figgy Duff, the seminal folk group of Newfoundland and Labrador.

But Pamela Morgan is back in the game, and you'll hear some of her new songs on the May 5 edition of the Performance Hour.

Here's one of them, Between the Lines, recorded live off the studio floor.

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