For more than 30 years Folk Night has brought folks together
- Local songwriter Joanna Barker is no stranger to The Ship. She got her start in St. John’s by playing the folk club’s open mike. — Photo by Justin Brake/Special to The Telegram
- Guitarist Denis Parker performs at folk night on May 16. — Photo by Justin Brake/Special to The Telegram
- The Freels played their first pub show when they hosted Folk Night at The Ship Pub in St. John’s May 9. — Photo by Justin Brake/Special to The Telegram
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- Sarah Smellie
- - July 19, 2012 at 13:32:13
Hi George, Thanks for your comments. I'm Sarah, and I wrote the story. You're right - John Clarke runs the night for the NL Folk Arts Society, which is no longer called the Folk Arts Council. My apologies for that error. Regarding your comment about the Duke, I have an interview here with Jean Hewson in which she says that Folk Night was held at the Duke for a brief period in the 1980s. So that's what I went on. Cheers, -Sarah Smellie
- - July 17, 2012 at 09:35:32
Just had several visitors in town and realized we were getting too old for staying out late to listen to music. Is there any pubs in town catering to an early to bed crowd of tourists. Couldnt find anything advertised. Our visitors love the music-they just cant stay out past ten. I expect with aging babyboomers that there may be a growing market for early evening or afternoon entertainment in the pubs and bars-especially in the summer.
- George Smith
- - July 16, 2012 at 21:40:06
The organization that runs the Folk Night at the Ship is called the NL Folk Arts Society, not Council, and I don't ever remember it being at the Duke of Duckworth, but thanks for the article. Great to hear it's still going strong.