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The March Hare - Friday 3 March

Music and Words of Newfoundland – Live in Parry Sound

For 30 years The March Hare has been sharing the words and music of Newfoundland with eager audiences.

Pamela Morgan's mesmerizing voice will fill the Stockey Centre on the evening of Friday 3 March as she performs with fellow Newfoundlanders Michael Crummey, Andy Jones, Mary-Lynn Bernard, Robert Chafe, and Dave Paddon bringing the show to Parry Sound.

For almost forty years Pamela Morgan has been a leading performer in the Celtic music scene and one of the original members of the acclaimed Newfoundland band Figgy Duff. As a leader in the vibrant musical scene in Newfoundland, she established a record label that has recorded the traditional music of Anita Best and Emile Benoit. Pamela Morgan is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of letters from Memorial University, in recognition of her vital contribution to the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador. She continues to arrange, tour, and perform in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style.

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Born and raised in Northwest River, Labrador Dave Paddon, began flying Twin Otters and Helicopters in Labrador in 1976. Recently retired from a career as an Air Canada pilot Dave Paddon began writing recitations about a decade ago after moving back to Newfoundland following 20 years away “up in Canada”.

His parents and grandparents worked with the legendary Grenfell Mission, a charitable organization that provided health care and educational services to the residents of northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Dave says, “In terms of my recitations they are all rooted in my life in Newfoundland and Labrador. I grew up listening to wonderful stories and funny anecdotes while spending time in trapper’s cabins. Seems like everyone was a “character” in those days and they provided me with a wealth of material”.

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Known as the “poet pilot”, Dave Paddon has become a crowd favourite at story telling and ballad singing events in Newfoundland and on the mainland.

Michael Crummey is one of Canada’s most celebrated writers. His most recent book is Little Dogs, a collection of new and selected poems. Michael’s publisher describes his poetry as “generous, genuine, rich and warm, with some form of grace always present to redeem whatever hardships his characters endure. Both lyrical and political, Crummey shows the inevitability of loss and suffering in our lives without letting us lose sight of what’s worth loving, holding onto and fighting for.”

Listening to Michael Crummey reading a poem on stage is a sublime experience – the audience in rapt silence. It is worth the price of admission just for those few moments.

This year March Hare participants will honour the late David “Smoky” Elliott (1923-1999) by reading one of his poems to conclude the evening. David Elliott was one of the founders of The March Hare, and the very first person to present at the very first March Hare in 1987.

 

 

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