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Newfoundland Christmas Music

Ok, so it seems that many of y’all are looking for Newfoundland Christmas music to get you in the mood.  You’ll find lots of links to all your favourite Newfoundland artists and their Christmas wishes below.

I know I’ve been terribly, terribly lazy about music postings – but I promise, watch for the New Year! You’ll all be begging me to stop then! Seriously, though, I have been hit and miss with posting this month, and all I can say is blame it on the season. Everything is so crazy that I just haven’t had much of a chance. Much is planned for the New Year though, including some great photo’s of all your favourite local bands.

On to the music! Here you go:

 You know you should check O’Briens!

Downhome Music 

Tide’s Point Music

Avondale Music

Landwash Distribution

Fred’s Records

 

 Happy listening!

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D’Arcy Broderick

D’Arcy Broderick is one of Newfoundland’s most talented and beloved musicians. Many of you know D’Arcy personally, or have appreciated his music,  and the contributions he has made to the traditional music scene in Newfoundland. From his days with the very popular The Irish Descendants, to his years as member of the award winning group The Fables and to his current participation with Middle Tickle, D’Arcy has made his mark.

Some of you may have heard that D’Arcy suffered a mild stroke recently. He has since been released from hospital, and is on his way to making a full recovery at home. However, as a full time musician, serious illness means the inability to work, and generate income. As a result, friends and family have organized a benefit concert and auction to assist D’Arcy and his family as he works toward recovery.

The concert will be held Sunday, February 17, at Club One on George Street. An all star line-up, including favourites such as Celtic Connection, The Irish Descendants, Eight Track Favourites, Rex Goudie, Siochana, The Masterless Men and The Fables, plus many, many more are are slated to play. The show will kick off at 3:00 pm and keep rocking until midnight.

Anyone interested in helping D’Arcy and his family, but are unable to attend the concert, you can check out the link below for the Facebook page. Information on donations for D’Arcy is listed there.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10216438178

Thanks!

Is it the weekend already?

I can’t believe it’s the weekend again, but then again, I can’t believe it’s November, either. Next thing you know, that day will be here. And y’all know which one I’m talking about. I’m just going to act like a three year old, and pretend that if I don’t say it, it won’t happen in about five weeks!

So, let’s all go out and forget about it for another night. I know where I’ll be. How about you? You can check these:

  • THE NAVIGATORS are playing O’Reilly’s Pub, Friday and Saturday night.
  • GULLIVERS SPREE are onstage at Erin’s Pub this weekend.
  • Catch MIDDLE TICKLE at Bridie Molloy’s, Friday and Saturday night.
  • HEY! ROSETTA are live at The Majestic  Friday night, 10:30. If you haven’t caught a show yet, what are you waiting for? Not traditional music, but fabulous show by yet another talented local band.
  • ANDY JONES– An Evening With Uncle Val  is onstage at the Arts & Culture Centre Saturday, November 17.

Have fun, enjoy some good music, and get home in one piece!

Cheers!

By the way, don’t forget to check Saturday for the best brownies recipe you will ever make. No if’s, and’s or buts. The best ever – I said so!  Oh, yeah. And there’s caramel swirled through them. Told you, they are the best. Check them out Saturday.

I’m not the only one!!

Did anyone else manage to catch the Land & Sea episode that aired last night? It was  all about goats. Adorable, baby faced Pygmy Goats. As PETS! Tim Horton’s lovin’ pets!

Some of you may know of my infatuation with goats, but for those who don’t, before you start thinking that I am completely loco, just look at this face. Dare you not to smile!

If you are just as strange as me, and can’t think of a more productive way to waste some time, you can catch the full episode here.

Don’t you want one? Don’t you?

Lest We Forget

In memory of my grandfather, F.A. Clarke, and all the other brave men and women who went to war, and sacrificed so much for us.  

  

In Flanders Fields

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae   (1872-1918)

The Fine Craft & Design Fair

The Craft & Design Fair is on this weekend, November 9 – 11, at the St. John’s Convention Centre. This is a chance for artists from all around Newfoundland and Labrador, and from across the country, to showcase their wares. And, of course, a great time to start a little early Christmas shopping. My favourite show of the year, far more exciting and diverse than the overdone Christmas at the Glacier, which has seen far better days.

2007 is Craft Year, and also marks the 35th anniversary of the Craft Council of Newfoundland. Some of the finest artisans in the province will be displaying their goods this weekend; printmakers, handcrafted furniture, divine pottery, and much, much more.

I don’t like cold, rainy days

I hate the cold. I may as well tell you this now. From October until May, I am cold. Really. Cold actually emanates from me. It’s my own fault. I live in Newfoundland. I think I should have been born in a warmer locale.

Bowring Park

See, this is lovely. Warm, sunny days. Blue skies, picnics and cool trees at Bowring Park.

Early Snow

But this?!? Surely this can’t be happening yet! I’m not ready.

 

Early Snow

No beaches here, though. This is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

Autumn Leaves

I can even learn to love this. It’s pretty. It’s not too cold.

Snowy BBQ

This is the wrongest thing I have seen in a while. And I do know wrongest is not the rightest. But let’s see how sensible you are when this happens to your BBQ!!