Lifetime Achievement Award

SHIRLEY MONTAGUE: 2019 NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR FOLK ARTS SOCIETY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT 2019 marks fifty years since Shirley Montague gave her first performance at the Town Hall in her hometown of North West River, Labrador. After moving to Norris Point in the mid-1970s, she became a fixture on the provincial music scene through performance, song-writing, recording, radio and television. Grounded in the traditional music of Labrador and inspired by nature and the life stories of hardworking people who live off the land, Shirley began writing her own songs in the 1970s. An excellent storyteller, her compositions capture the beauty, humour and hardship of life in Labrador and rural Newfoundland. She is also a fine singer, guitarist and fiddler, and has produced five solo albums over the span of her career. In addition to her solo work, Shirley has been involved in several collaborations with some of the province’s finest musicians. Notable projects include Gros Morne: A Musical Journey (1999), a haunting album co-produced by Shirley and musician Eric West and inspired by the culture and landscape of the national park; Remembering the Red Bay Basques (2008) - a compilation recording spear-headed by Shirley, focussed on the 16th-century Basque whaling industry in Red Bay Labrador; and Only Lonely Sometimes – Shirley’s contribution on the renowned recording 11:11 Newfoundland Women Sing Songs by Ron and Connie Hynes (1997). In 1988, Shirley also wrote original music for the Ode to Labrador and rearranged the lyric to incorporate Inuktitut and Innu-aimun translations. That…

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