Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He
grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night
“session” around many a kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and
subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of
material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to
Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation
in 2007 and has now written 25. Five of these have been published in handmade
chapbooks and his work is available on a CD or through electronic download. His
recitation “Ralph:Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book.
Dave lives in St.John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province.