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

Lay Summary 

The Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) partnered with local singers Eleanor Dawson and Jim Payne (SingSong Inc.) to present an annual festival celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich folk song and narrative traditions.

October 19, 2019
Morning and afternoon events featured thematic sessions on “Captains and Ships” and “Ghosts and Gallows,” as well as a traditional song circle (session performers: Paul Dean, Bill Bowman, Joe Byrne, Monica Walsh, Gary Green, Eleanor Dawson, Tony Power, Mary Ellen Wright, and Linda Byrne). The festival concluded with an evening concert, hosted by Jim Payne, featuring performances by prominent local folk singers and musicians, including Ellen Power, Mark Manning, Dave Penny and Daunt Lee, and Christina Smith & Jean Hewson with Frank Maher and Rick West (the Mahers Bahers).

February 29, 2020
An evening concert presented by The Rooms in partnership with the MMaP Research Centre, Jim Payne (SingSong Inc.) and Eleanor Dawson (co-organizer and host). The event featured song and recitation performances by Denis Nash, Rosemary Lawton, Hubert Furey, Monica Walsh, and Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne.

Stay tuned for events in 2021!

School of Music
Funding Support From The Office Of Public Engagement Accelerator Fund Is Gratefully Acknowledged.
Canada Research Chairs
Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports and Related Industries
Heritage Institutions
Start date 
19 Oct 2020
Lead Organization 
Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP)
Partner Organization 
SingSong Inc.