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Folk Resources

  • Storytelling, Songs, Music Sessions & Folk Nights
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Memorial University Archives (FAS posters, festival videos)
  • Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place
  • DanceNL
  • Instructional Videos and CDs
  • CBC Radio
  • Other Folk Arts Councils in NL

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) or what some call "Living Heritage" encompasses many traditions, practices and customs. These include the stories we tell, the family events we celebrate, our community gatherings, the languages we speak, the songs we sing, knowledge of our natural spaces, our healing traditions, the foods we eat, our holidays, beliefs and cultural practices. [– source: what is ich?]
   • About ICH
   • ICH Blog (maintained by Dale Jarvis).

Memorial Univ. Archives

Music, Media and Place

The Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP) was established in 2003 to initiate and enable music research within the academic and general community. Many of MMaP's website, CD, and other media projects focus on the rich traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador. Through the program of the Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, the Centre promotes national and international exchange by sponsoring visiting lecturers and organizing a lecture series, as well as symposia and conferences. (MMaP website)


DanceNL is the first sectoral dance association for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mandate is "to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activities throughout the province." 
 (DanceNL news page)

CBC Radio

The Performance Hour
The Performance Hour is CBC Radio's showcase for music and the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. It's heard every Saturday afternoon at 5:35, 5:05 in Labrador, on CBC Radio One. Listeners to CBC Radio Two can hear the show on Saturday mornings at 11:35. (webpage) 

Deep Roots
Tom Power, story-teller, traditional musician, and student at Memorial University, has a passion for folk music - and for breaking folk music stereotypes. Deep Roots plays the best music being made in this explosive genre, featuring great Canadian roots musicians as well as musicians from around the world. Listen in as traditional styles of music are woven together to create something new and exciting. Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 5:30 NT on CBC Radio 2. (webpage)

Storytelling, Songs, Music Sessions & Folk Nights

Storytelling has a rich tradition in the Province and we helped establish a storytelling festival and hosted several workshops.  Today the St. John's Storytelling Festival is one of our community partners. Visit the Crow's Nest on the second Thursday of each month to hear or tell a good yarn at their St. John's Storytelling Circle and support their other events in and outside St. John's throughout the year. Visit the storytelling sessions at the annual NL Folk Festival in the Oral Traditions and Cultural Diversity tents.

Ballad Night
An acapella song circle is held the last Thursday of each month at the Crow's Nest. 7:30 p.m. $3 admission.

Music Sessions
      St. John's:
        • Monday evening - Women's Accordion Circle, Arts and Culture
           Centre, 2nd Floor, Old Art Gallery Space - 7:30 p.m.
           Contact Harryetta Collett (email) or
           Kelly Best (email or phone 746-2399 after 6 pm)
        • Tuesday evening - Georgetown Pub - 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.
        • Friday and Saturday evenings - Erin's Pub - 8:30 p.m. start
        • Sunday afternoon - O'Reilly's Pub - 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Folk/Open Mike Nights
       St. John's:
        • Folk Night at the Ship Inn, Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. 

        • Country Music Cafe, St. Augustine's Church Hall (off Westerland
          Road, adjacent to the Aquarena), first Saturday of the month
          at 8:00 p.m. start. (Jan-June). Old-time country, bluegrass, trad
          and Newfoundland country music in an acoustic setting. Bring
          along an acoustic instrument and sing at the open mike show or
          join others at the jam session that follows. $5 admission (adults,
          children - free). Contact : Clayton  Kennedy (709) 722-5967 or
          Dave Tucker (709) 739-6650.

     Conception Bay South:
        • Open mike, All Saints Parish Hall, CBS, 2nd Saturday of each
           month (country, bluegrass, Newfoundland, Irish and gospel
           music). Doors open at 7:15, show starts at 8 pm. $5 admission.
        • Folk Night hosted by The Bay St. George Folk Arts Council
           Holiday Inn, last Saturday of each month.

Instructional Videos and CDs

Inshore Fiddling is an audio fiddle method - it consists of two CDs, and an accompanying book. The Cds are structured in a step-by-step fashion, using familiar material to introduce new techniques. All the teacher needs to have is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn along with the students. The Teachers Manual includes a Cd-rom with documents and video clips, advice on instruments, suggestions for practice, charts and handouts. (details and website)

Take your playing to the next level with this easy-to-use interactive dvd. In Volume 2, well known reels, jigs, singles and waltzes are used to illustrate challenging new techniques.

The Basses
Get your left hand working to
bring rhythm and drive to your music.

Ornaments and Harmony
Take a plain tune and spice it up
with these right hand techniques.

New Keys and Cross Row Playing
Want to play in C on a G row? In A on a D row? Learn to cross the rows and play "inside out" and harness the full potential of your accordion!

To purchase Volume 2, visit the store on Daniel's website.

Other Folk Arts Councils in NL