RUCKUS UPDATE: Shanneyganock shuts it down

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The band with the night's biggest sound closed Our HeritageOur Music.

Shanneyganock with a fiddle, accordion, drums, guitar, bass and the voices of Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock ended the evening with a set that included everything from Grey Foggy Day to Sarah to Aunt Martha's Sheep.

The band had the crowd rocking out by the time they ended with I had a hat and returned for an encore, Old Maid in the Garrett.

It was a good lead-in to Ruckus on the Edge's rock show Thursday featuring The Idlers, The Novaks and Hey Rosetta!

Shanneyganock was also of sharp wit.

After a technical glitch caused the sound system to boom like a gunshot, Hiscock shouted, Quick, someone go get the hind quarter.

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Fred Jorgensen has got to have one of the best voices in local music.

The Navigators are on stage and Fred is letting his raspy tones rip with songs like Days Gone By and Donald MacGilliavry.

On the later, he also blew a gasket on the tin whistle.

Wicked to watch.

Shanneyganock are up next to close the night.

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The harmonies of The Once are filling the Delta ballroom.

Holy smokes!

They are captivating the crowd with a fresh, yet traditional Newfoundland music sound.

The band has created a buzz since its debut album last summer, and it's easy to understand why.

The vocals are rich and refreshing.

They are going places, The Once.

According to their website, they are booking national tour dates and on collaborating with other roots acts.

Check them out if you get the chance.

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A variety of talent and genres on display at the Delta.

Tzu-Hao Hsu, a classical Chinese dancer, performed after Payne, using fans and ribbons.

Mary Barry, a St. John's jazz singer, followed with songs from her French album.

Labradorians Harry Martin and Rich Neville are now on stage, sitting about The Big Land.

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It appears Daniel Payne can do everything.

He followed his fiddle tunes with an a capella song, three accordion numbers, another a capella song and then ended with a two more Emile Benoit tunes on a wooden flute.

Impressive stuff.

Not only a great performer, but what a head of hair, said emcee Bill Gregory of K-Rock.

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It was a fitting transition from a film inspired by Emile Benoit.

Daniel Payne entered the stage, long red hair flowing and back lit by white light, playing a song Benoit wrote for Pamela Morgan.

He called it his mysterious fiddler entrance.

Payne went on to play two more Benoit song and the Delta was jumping by the time he ended.

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Our Music Our Heritage, the trad music night of Ruckus on the Edge is about to begin.

I'll be providing highlights throughout a night set to feature Daniel Payne, Harry Martin and Rick Neville, The Navigators, The Once, Shanneyganock and Tzu-Hao Hsu.

Vive La Rose, the short film by Bruce Alcock based an Emile Benoit song, is kicking off the schedule.

Payne, the pride of Cow Head, is set to be the first musical act.

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  • Vickie
    July 27, 2010 - 13:55

    Couldn't agree more on Fred. He's one of the greatest musicians in the province. I'd say best but I haven't seen them all :)