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SUBJECT: MMaP Research Centre launches Gros Morne folk song album

DATE: Nov. 23

The Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) at Memorial University has released the latest album in its Back on Track Audio Publication Series: Doughboys and Molasses, Oh! Traditional Songs from the Gros Morne Region.
 
A virtual launch event, featuring performances of songs from the album and greetings from project partners, will be screened on MMaP’s YouTube channel on Thursday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. (NST). Participating musicians include Anita Best, Matthew Byrne, Fergus O’Byrne, Daniel Payne, Jim Payne and Stephanie Payne.

N.L.'s West Coast
 
Doughboys and Molasses, Oh! offers listeners a fresh perspective on the musical heritage of the Gros Morne region on Newfoundland’s west coast. Available on disc and digital download, the album features 22 carefully restored tracks originally recorded from local singers by folk song researchers in the mid-20th century.
 
Also included are four new performances specially commissioned for the compilation from musicians Anita Best, Matthew Byrne, Daniel Payne and Jim Payne. The accompanying booklet explores the stories of the songs, the singers and the collectors, as well as the role of singing in family and community life.
 
“This album highlights a rich tradition of singing that is relatively little known outside the Gros Morne National Park area,” said Dr. Meghan Forsyth, acting director, MMaP.
 
“Through these songs, we learn about musical and social connections that were – and are – so important to everyday life in this region of the province. It’s so exciting to see these archival recordings brought back to the area and into wider circulation through this project, and to hear some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated traditional singers performing new renditions of songs collected in the region.”

Available to order
 
Doughboys and Molasses, Oh! is produced by folklorist Dr. Anna Kearney Guigné for the Back on Track series. It is a co-production of MMaP and the Canadian Museum of History, under the auspices of the Cultures of Sound Network, with generous support from Parks Canada.
 
The album is available to order here. For more details, please contact MMaP.

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