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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Events: Bonny Sartin's "The Banks Of Newfoundland" with special guests - Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll

17th Century painting of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland
(Dorset County Museum)
Following two years of sell out season opening fundraisers for Bridport Museum, Bonny Sartin will be returning to the West Dorset market town on April 27th with another fascinating talk on the history of Dorset people. This time the story moves abroad, and he will be joined by two of the South West's finest fiddle players to make it a real night to remember.

The talk is entitled “The Banks Of Newfoundland” and tells the story of Dorset's brave fishermen who for hundreds of years sailed across the Atlantic for the summer to fish for cod off Newfoundland.

Bonny said “Many fortunes were made and lost, but the port of Poole, in particular, flourished. It was tough for the fishermen though. Newfoundland is inhospitable. Icebergs, fogs and foul weather played havoc with their little boats and if you survived that you were often greeted by the Press Gang when you reached home.”

Joining Bonny will be Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, the fiddle duo are leading lights in the new folk generation and have recently completed a project marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first permeant English settlement in Canada, Cupids Cove, Newfoundland.

They have been swopping tunes and songs with Newfoundland musicians, and will have just finished a joint tour called Shore To Shore. This show brought together leading singers and musicians from Newfoundland and the West Country of England in an international collaboration that charted the development of folk song and music on both sides of the Atlantic from the early 1600s to the present day.

The event in Bridport in unique opportunity to hear the stories, songs and tunes that link Dorset with Canada in the wonderful Georgian surroundings of The Chapel in the Garden.

Museum Curator Emily Hicks said; ‘It is so great to have Bonny back to support us again after his last sell-out shows for Bridport Museum. To have Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll join him for a one off show is a real coup and it promises to be a great evening’s entertainment.”

The event is held on Wed 27th April at the Chapel in Garden on East Street, doors at 7.30. Tickets are only £8 Adv. and £10 on the door. You can pick them up from Bridport Local History Centre (01308) 458703 or Bridport Music (01308) 425707    

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