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

 • performances by Newfoundland music legends at the height of their popularity: the 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 Dr. 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 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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  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

This song came from the McNulty Family, who included it on their album Twelve Authentic Irish Folksongs Featuring the McNulty Family.


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