Heritage society sets date for Traditional Songwriters' Festival

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The Little Bay Islands' Heritage Society will be hosting the second annual Newfoundland and Labrador Traditional Songwriters' Festival to support the creation and performance of Newfoundland traditional music from August 13-15."The weekend will consist of registration and a jam session meet and greet on Friday night with performances by A Crowd of Bold Sharemen, as well as Sly Conner. Saturday will be workshops and songwriters circles focused on traditional Newfoundland music, with Tarahan highlighting the gala performance in the evening. There will be a Gospel Concert with Phil Grimes and lots of other local gospel entertainers on Sunday," said society president, Jim Forward.

"We are so pleased to see this festival growing. Last year we hosted the festival for over 400 people and from all indications the numbers will be many more this year. Preference will be given to those writers and performers who have roots in Little Bay Islands. One of the singers in Tarahan, Lorne Rowsell, is from Little Bay Islands and is Gerry Strong from A Crowd of Bold Sharemen. These are our two main performance groups for the festival weekend."

Sharlene Hinz, secretary of the heritage society, said they are "pleased to welcome Chantelle Weir back as festival co-ordinator for the second year."

"We are also pleased to have Kyle Locke, heritage service worker, and Danielle Locke as assistant to the co-ordinator working with us this summer as well."

This will be Ms. Locke's second year working with the festival in that role.

"The festival weekend promises to be jam packed with music, performances, jam sessions and workshops. If you're a songwriter, boost your skills and show off your talent. If you love traditional NL music, come for fun," festival Coordinator Chantelle Weir. "You will make friends and memories that last a lifetime. Bring your family so the kids can enjoy an afternoon of activities on Saturday, just for them. This is the place to be and this is the weekend for you."

Organizations: Heritage society

Geographic location: Little Bay Islands

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