The music, as it was always played, does have a lot of fire.
Newfoundland's story is one of survival, of hearts and heroes. It's a culture of singers and storytellers, a place that people can learn about through the music. It's also a place that many have never heard of -- though names such as Great Big Sea, Ron Hynes, and Figgy Duff may ring a bell. They're just a few Newfoundlanders bringing their music to the world stage. Matthew Byrne is one of these, a singer and guitarist whose voice, aptly put by fellow musician Alan Doyle, is "friggin' perfect."
Mom actually says that myself and my brother were humming songs -- traditional songs -- before we could actually speak the words to sing them.
So we compiled a list of some great Newfoundland musicians (though the list could go on for miles) as well as a soundscape of this year's Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.
Put the whole preserving thing aside, good music lasts. That's why we're still playing this.
"The Dards" will be up at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine, on August 28th, 29th, and 30th. Definitely worth coming, even from afar.