Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne

Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne

Two of Newfoundland’s most respected performers combine instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to cover a broad spectrum of Newfoundland folk culture, including songs, stories and dance tunes. Their repertoire includes rousing sea shanties and work songs, poignant ballads, comic ditties, folk tales and recitations, and toe-tapping jigs, reels and polkas on a variety of instruments. Jim Payne (vocals, accordion, mandola, guitar) is a native of Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, Jim Payne is a leading performer, collector and producer of traditional Newfoundland music. Fergus O’Byrne (vocals, 5 string banjo, guitar, bodhran, concertina) is originally from Ireland, became a familiar voice on radio and television as a member of the renowned folk group, Ryan’s Fancy, with whom he recorded 14 albums.

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