organWORX at Knox & Schooner Cove Singers proudly present
Newfoundland and Labrador folk music legends Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne will perform on Vancouver Island this March !!!
Two of Newfoundland’s most respected performers combine instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to cover a broad spectrum of Newfoundland folk culture, including songs, stories and dance tunes. Their repertoire includes rousing sea shanties and work songs, poignant ballads, comic ditties, folk tales and recitations, and toe-tapping jigs, reels and polkas on a variety of instruments
Check out this great video - recorded at the beach - Cow Head - Newfoundland!
Jim is a Newfoundlander through and through. He was raised in Notre Dame Bay on the rugged north eastern coast of the island. What I like about Jim, what I like about Newfoundlanders, is that he is game. I asked him if he would like to teach a class on Newfoundland set dancing at the festival. Who would he need for extra musicians? He said a fiddle or accordion would be good, but he could also teach the dance steps and play accordion and sing at the same time. No problem.
In St. John’s last year, I ran into Fergus O’Byrne, a founding member of Ryan’s Fancy, the renowned Irish/NL band.. I’ve listened to Fergus for most of my life. He is still as enthusiastic as ever about his music career. He has an unforgettable voice. It sounds like it was aged in an oak cask. It’s a barrelhouse tenor that grabs you by the ears and won’t let go.
Check out this great video Jim and Fergus perform the Rocky Road to Dublin!
Check out this great video recorded at the beach in Cow Head - Newfoundland!