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Festivals, Folkies, Writers and Jazz Cats: The Performance Hour in Summer

Our schedule for July and August includes music from an exciting festival season in St. John's, highlights from Newfoundland's newest literary event, and the finest concerts recorded by our CBC Radio crew over the last year or so.

Here's the lineup:

Saturday, July 9 - A world of traditional music arrives in St. John's next week. The SoundShift Festival features everything from Portugese fado singing to music from the Beijing opera. Jean Hewson introduces us to the spectacular range of acts on the SoundShift concert schedule.

patrick boyle and band.jpgSaturday, July 16 - In a musical reflection on Newfoundland's union with Canada, jazz composer and trumpeter Patrick Boyle performs "Well Enough Alone: The Confederation Suite." Recorded live at the LSPU Hall in St. John's, the concert features an all-star lineup of Newfoundland-born jazz players.

Saturday, July 23 - Showcasing a young songwriter from western Newfoundland, the Mountains and the Trees are making inroads on the folk circuit across Canada and in Europe. We'll hear a concert featuring songs from the band's latest CD.

Saturday, July 30 - We'll set you up for the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, with music by Paul Brady, Sarah Harmer, the Good Lovelies, and other folk luminaries scheduled to appear at Bannerman Park in St. John's.

Saturday, August 6 - The Circle of Payne: Jim Payne, Charlie Payne, Daniel Payne, and Roy Payne gather at the Fisherman's Landing Inn in Rocky Harbour, where they share songs, tunes, and stories from their diverse musical careers. It's the first of two songwriters' circles recorded during the 2010 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards weekend.

Amelia Curran.jpgSaturday, August 13 - The hottest name in Newfoundland music did more than collect an armload of trophies during last October's Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards weekend in Rocky Harbour. Amelia Curran also hosted the 2010 CBC-MusicNL Songwriters' Circle, Episode Two. Amelia joins Teresa Ennis, Rick Lambe, and Andrew O'Brien to share songs and stories before a packed house of west coast music fans.

Saturday, August 20 - Today's show features stories, poetry and aphorisms from some of Newfoundland and Labrador's finest writers. In the first of two shows recorded at the 2011 Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's, Kevin Major, Robin McGrath, Libby Creelman, Kate Evans, and Bernice Morgan read from their latest work.

Saturday, August 27 - In our second show from the Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's, we sample poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from the dynamic and ever-changing literary scene in Newfoundland and Labrador. Larry Mathews, Jane Urquhart, George Murray, James Langer, and Emily White read from their latest work.