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Folk artist Fergus O'Byrne partners with IGA for St. Anthony music program

Fergus O'Byrne, pictured performing live on banjo, will be hosting a workshop and concert for young musicians in St. Anthony from Oct. 18-20. CONTRIBUTED
Fergus O'Byrne, pictured performing live on banjo, will be hosting a workshop and concert for young musicians in St. Anthony from Oct. 18-20. CONTRIBUTED - Contributed

Learning music together

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. —

Young musicians in and around St. Anthony are getting the opportunity to learn from one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most accomplished musicians.

Folk artist Fergus O’Byrne, in partnership with the International Grenfell Association (IGA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, will be hosting “Young Folk at the Hall” Oct 18-20 in St. Anthony.

The event will include two three-hour music workshops at White Hills Academy on Friday and Saturday, followed by a concert at the school on Oct. 20.

O’Byrne will host the workshop with IGA Music Program coordinator Joe Donaghey, enlisting the help of local musicians as mentors for each group.

The youth will be placed in bands of about four members and will work together with a mentor to produce three to four pieces to perform at the concert.

Youth between the ages of seven and 18 are invited to attend.

O’Byrne has been hosting the project for the last 18 years, organizing workshops and concerts with youth across the province.

His goal is to provide like-minded youth with an interest in music the opportunity to meet each other, collaborate and establish friendships.

“The idea of it all, is that I knew there were players out there who liked folk music, but never got the opportunity to be at it,” he told The Northern Pen. “So this way, hopefully, kids will meet and form friendships.”

He also hopes the concert will give young musicians more exposure, creating more opportunities for them to perform at public functions in the future.

Along with the IGA and the Folk Arts Society, O’Byrne’s workshop is sponsored by PAL Airlines and the Woodwards Group.

Any youth interested in participating must fill out a registration form.

Organizers ask that young musicians who wish to register have a small repertoire of folk songs or music. 

Contact Fergus O’Byrne at 709-576-4759 or 709-746-9613 or by email at fobyrne@nl.rogers.com or Joe Donaghey at 709-450-4487 or by email at igamusicprogram@gmail.com

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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