Singers and Songs from the Big Land
Singers and Songs from the Big Land is a research project and CD production associated with the "Back on Track" archival CD series produced by the MMaP Research Centre. The current project seeks to build on a long history of audio recording initiatives, many by Labradorians themselves. We propose to digitize and study several substantial Labrador audio collections, to gather relevant interviews and biographical material from Labrador institutions as well as private collections. We will mobilize an interdisciplinary and interlocal research and production team consisting of Beverley Diamond (MMaP Research Centre), Martha MacDonald (Labrador Institute), Tim Borlase (Past-Director, Labrador Institute), Joan Anderson (White Elephant Museum), and Joe Goudie (broadcaster, politician). The first CD from this research will focus on the community of Makkovik and will feature the earliest Labrador recording artist Gerald Mitchell, who created songs that have become part of the oral memory of Labrador. The songs generate questions about social issues that the team will study: how songs articulate memories of place; how nostalgia functions in social settings where settlements have been relocated; how musical genres are invested with social meaning; how cultural knowledge is embodied in song texts.
01 Jan 2009
31 Dec 2010
Performing arts, spectator sports and related industries Broadcasting (except Internet)
ISER Research Grant 2009-2010
Strategic Research Theme
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage