Local talent showcased at summertime international music festival
Accordion legend Frank Maher will perform at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall Thursday, July 14.
By Mandy Cook
Memorial’s Research Centre for Music, Media and Place, along with the School of Music, is inviting traditional music enthusiasts to experience a concert featuring Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest traditional instrumentalists and performers during an international summer music conference.
As part of the 2011 International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) conference and the concurrent music festival, SOUNDshift, happening on Memorial’s St. John’s campus July 13-19, Saltwater Joys will take place at the School of Music’s D.F. Cook recital hall at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. Admission is $15, $10 for students and seniors.
Tradition bearers Anita Best and Pamela Morgan, Labrador’s The Flummies and accordion player Vince Collins, alongside numerous other wicked accordion and fiddle players, will take to the stage for an unforgettable, toe-tapping time.
“The Flummies are honoured to be a part of this historical event,” said Leander Baikie, vocalist and guitar player with the band. “The International Council of Traditional Music will provide our province the opportunity to listen to other world music, have them listen to us and provide the opportunity for The Flummies to represent our part of the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene on the world stage.”
The 2011 ICTM conference and SOUNDshift festival will be touching down in venues on the St. John’s campus for seven electric days in the month of July, bringing a kaleidoscope of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and scholars of international calibre with it. A biennial event, the world conference is the leading global venue for the presentation of new research in music and dance.
The Saltwater Joys concert is just one of many music- and dance-oriented events that the public is invited to enjoy throughout the week.
“The wealth of tremendous artists that we have in Newfoundland and Labrador made it very hard to pick the lineup for the Saltwater Joys concert,” said Jean Hewson, artistic director of SOUNDshift. “The show will encompass everything from haunting ballads and lively dance tunes to contemporary songs about the joys of outdoor life in Labrador.
“The show will close with a set of tunes demonstrating the chops of some of the provinces traditional virtuosi, including accordion legend Frank Maher, fiddler Christina Smith, tin whistle-flute player Gerry Strong and multi-instrumentalist Allan Ricketts. The music will represent the depth and versatility of our culture.”
To view the ICTM website and review the conference’s preliminary program, please visit www.mun.ca/ictm2011/. For more information regarding SOUNDshift, please visit www.soundshift.ca.