"Good as a Concert": A Festival of Traditional Songs and Stories

Lay Summary 

On October 19, 2019, MMaP presented a day-long festival celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador's rich folk song and narrative traditions. The event featured thematic sessions on "Captains and Ships" and "Ghosts and Gallows," as well as a traditional song circle, and concluded with an evening concert by prominent local folk singers and musicians.

On February 29, 2020, a follow-up event was presented by The Rooms in partnership with the MMaP Research Centre, Jim Payne (SingSong Inc.), and Eleanor Dawson. The concert featured local performers steeped in the ballad and storytelling traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador, offering audience members a chance to hear some lesser-known songs and stories from the province's vast traditional heritage.

*Recordings of both events will be available in the "Special Events" section of MMaP's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaC4_uqWAxL63WUPayn4VrheX_4ZZIc0k.

The project is supported by the Office of Public Engagement, Memorial University of Newfoundland, with in-kind support from the School of Music and the MMaP Research Centre (www.mun.ca/mmap).

School of Music
Start date 
1 Mar 2019
End date 
1 Mar 2021