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Kelly Russell Listings at GEST Songs Of NFLD
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All Over This World ~ Steve Goodman/John Prine (V)

The Badger Drive ~ J M Devine w/J Payne (Vx3)

Brother John ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne

The Cliffs Of Baccalieu ~ Jack Withers (V)

Driftwood ~ Chris Hennessey (V)

The Great Lobster Boil ~ Lem Snow

Home To Bell Island ~ Terry Parsons (V)

Huntin' In The Spring ~ June Baikie (V)

Old England ~ Traditional (V)

Rig Workers' Alphabet ~ Jim Payne (V)

Sailing Along The French Shore ~ Lem Snow (V)

St. John's Waltz ~ Ron Hynes (V)

Tarry Trousers ~ Traditional, w/Figgy Duff (V)

Twin Lakes ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Wave Over Wave ~ Jim Payne (V)

Biographical Notes

Born in St John's, Kelly Russell has been a professional musician since 1974. An original member of such landmark Newfoundland Groups as Figgy Duff and The Wonderful Grand Band in the 1970s, and more recently The Plankerdown Band, he also spent ten years working closely with Newfoundland's late, great fiddle masters, Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit. With these and other musicians, he has brought the unique folk music of Newfoundland to such countries as Hong Kong, England, Ireland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Australia, the USA and all across Canada.

Recognizing a need to preserve the music of older performers in his home province, Kelly founded Pigeon Inlet Productions in 1979. The label has since produced over 30 full-length recordings on LP, Cassette, and CD. Also a music teacher, Kelly has taught fiddle to several hundred people, some of whom are now accomplished musicians themselves. He has collected and transcribed into musical notation over 500 fiddle tunes which are unique to Newfoundland, and has published two books of this work: The Fiddle Music of Newfoundland and Labrador, Volume 1 - The Music of Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit; plus a second volume featuring tunes of 24 other Newfoundland and Labrador fiddlers.

Today, as one of Newfoundland's most prominent musicians, Kelly is recognized as an ambassador of Newfoundland music. As a solo artist, or teamed with various combinations of musicians he has worked with over the years, Kelly demonstrates the true essence of Newfoundland traditional folk music. In addition to fiddle, he plays concertina, bouzouki, mandolin, tin whistle, dulcimer and harp.




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