Saturday Nite Jamboree on CBC Newfoundland


• 2 rare, live radio recordings from 1963, remastered and publicly available for the first time

• classic shows originally produced by CBN St. John's, using a fast-paced, light-hearted format deftly held together by its genial, wisecracking host Harry Brown


Click on book cover to see Playlist

  Then I’ll Stop Loving You – Brian Johnston and the Dipsydoodlers

 This is a little-known composition by Grand Ole Opry star Jim Reeves and appeared on his first album, Bimbo.

  The Rollicking Skipper – Wilf Doyle and the Band from Conception Harbour

 A traditional tune identified with the accordion playing of Eileen “Ma” McNulty. It has since also been recorded by Newfoundland musicians Ray Walsh and Harry Hibbs.

  Eight More Miles to Louisville – Bluegrass Mountaineers

 Composed around 1941 by the late Grand Ole Opry comedian, banjoist and singer Louis “Grandpa” Jones, who got his idea for the title from a then-new song by the Delmore Brothers, “Fifteen Miles from Birmingham.”

  Me Auld Skellara Hat – John White

 Came from the McNulty Family who included it on their album Twelve Authentic Irish Folksongs Featuring the McNulty Family.

• performances by Newfoundland music legends at the height of their popularity: Bluegrass Mountaineers, Wilf Doyle and the Band from Conception Harbour, Brian Johnston and the Dipsydoodlers, Ted Blanchard, Don Randell, John White, Bill Allen

• 20-page booklet with extensive notes by Grammy Award-winning folklorist Neil Rosenberg and radio announcer Ted Rowe

"Saturday Nite Jamboree" came at the end of an era where live entertainment shows had a regular spot in radio programming. It was the last series of its kind, a Newfoundland kitchen party on the air, and the fans soaked it up. Not heard since their original broadcast in 1963, these recordings are a must for any music collection. Partially funded by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust.

Don Randell and Ted Blanchard are the 2008 recipients of the St. John's Folk Arts Council (SJFAC) Lifetime Achievement Award.

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