The recitation has long been a staple form of amusement in Newfoundland and Labrador culture. Whether to deliver a story in a memorable fashion, delight listeners at a kitchen party, pass the time in a fishing stage, or to “say your piece” at a community concert, we have always been very adept at using the spoken word as entertainment. In recent years some clever folks have been working to keep the form alive by putting their observations and experiences into recitation form. Some of the finest among them are Dave Paddon, Dave Penney, Hubert Furey and Harry Ingram. Whether being sentimental for days gone by, making light of everyday occurrences, paying tribute to those who have gone before, or by simply making us laugh ourselves silly, these fellows are enjoying keeping the tradition going.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society (NLFAS) is a charitable organization