Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Myth and The Man by Charlie Rhinedress

Rhindress takes his reader on a Canadian coast to coast journey as we travel with this drifter man, Stompin’ Tom Connors. Through the research and details of this book, I met the man Tom Connors and the character Stompin’ Tom Connors. After finishing the book I reflected on how strong this man was in the courage of his conviction to stay true to Canada, the country he was so proud of.…

One Good Reason: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love by Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon

a fan of Séan McCann. Bought his music. Saw him perform with Great Big Sea. Had a joyous time, singing myself hoarse. Now I’ve read One Good Reason* – his collaborative memoir – enticingly structured, chapters alternating between spouse-authors McCann and Andrea Aragon.

From McCann’s passage Losing My Religion: I left Newfoundland an innocent kid. A virgin. I came back with the burden of a dark secret that would haunt my entire life, and a thirst for liquor that would help drown it out.

The End of Music by Jamie Fitzpatrick

Jamie Fitzpatrick is a host and producer at CBC Radio. His first novel, You Could Believe in Nothing, won the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers in Newfoundland and Labrador. He lives in St. John’s.

The story, or stories, since there are two distinct interrelated tales told in The End of Music, centers around Herbert Carter (or Carter as he is most commonly called) a fortyish former guitarist for “Indefinite Yes”, a popular experimental indie rock band in the Toronto club circuit back in the nineties.…

For the Love of It: 60 Years of the Miramichi Folksong Festival by Susan Butler

The Miramichi Folksong Festival has been held continuously for 60 years now, making it the longest standing folk song festival in Canada. Its director (and a performer) of the past 35 years is the irrepressible Susan Butler, a true “Miramichier” if there ever was one. Now, she has compiled the Festival’s history as well as her own in a self-published book entitled For the Love of It: 60 Years of the Miramichi Folksong Festival. 

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout

I first discovered the existence of this book on the WBGO jazz website ( and I am glad I did.
I had always wanted to read Ellington’s autobiography “Music is My Mistress” but never got a copy of it (yet). Just as well, for Mr. Teachout claims that Duke held back on a lot of things that make an autobiography a “must read”: personal insights, thoughts regarding his fellow musicians, family members, etc.…