Pamela Morgan & Anita Best
From Newfoundland

Traditional Singers

Tuesday, June 17, 2003
7:00 PM Prompt
6:30 PM Refreshments
Donation $12

 

Two of Newfoundland's greatest traditional singers.

For 19 years, Pamela Morgan was lead singer, guitarist, and arranger for the Canada’s pioneering “Celtic” band, Newfoundland’s Figgy Duff. At the forefront was Morgan's haunting and mesmerizing voice. Since then, Pamela has been spearheading her own independent record label, Amber Music, and producing albums for various artists, including, most recently, herself. She continues to write, arrange, perform, and tour, in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style.

Anita Best grew up on an island in Placentia Bay which has since been abandoned during Newfoundland's community re-settlement program, under then premier Joey Smallwood. This early life in one of Newfoundland's most culturally rich regions inspired a fire and passion in Anita Best to catalogue and interpret a tradition and culture which seemed to be departing in tandem with the disappearing communities. Initially Best began professional work as a classroom teacher, oral historian and folk archivist and eventually incorporated these into careers as diverse as radio broadcasting, professional recording and university level instruction.