Singer/songwriter and Chris Kirby started his session at the CBC MusicNL Songwriters' Circle at Hotel Gander this afternoon with a soulful ode to one of the province's best-loved women. She's a lady who makes your heart burn, who leaves you feeling greasy and satisfied, he sang. She's Mary Brown.
Kirby hosted the second half of the songwriters' circle, alongside Gavin Wells, Brianna Gosse and Chris Picco. The first half of the event was hosted by five-time 2013 MusicNL nominee Craig Young, with Matthew Hornell, Joanna Barker and Dan Bursey.
Passion for the island was a definite theme amongst just about all the musicians: Hornell and Barker sang about a longing to come home, while Simms sang a tribute to his hometown, Hermitage.
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Bursey, nominated for the award for Gospel Artist/Group of the Year for his CD "Priceless," sang a couple children's tunes: "Down to the River," based on his childhood memories of playing outside, and "We Built a Barn," a comical song with a lesson, inspired by a story of his ancestors.
MusicNL week wraps up tonight with the gala awards show at the Gander Arts and Culture Centre at 8 p.m. The event will stream live online at www1.bellaliant.net/communityone/video. An updated story will run in tomorrow's Telegram. In the meantime, follow arts reporter Tara Bradbury on Twitter (@tara_bradbury) for award results in real time.