Canadian Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Cites Dick

The traditional Newfoundland song "I's the B'y" will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) in February 2005. It is included with a group of 22 remarkable songs which also includes "O Canada". Dick has recorded four versions of "I's the B'y" which have been released on seven albums.

The CSHF provides the following background information:

"I's the B'y (traditional): Of unknown authorship and dating from the 19th Century, this is a lively dance song from Newfoundland, full of good humour, that reflects the great dependence on the sea by the province's fishing outposts. It has become a folk classic, transmitted in the songbook, Folk Songs of Canada, by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston, and relying on the transcription by folklorist Kenneth Peacock, Johnston's version was included in a 1965 publication of the National Museums of Canada. Thse song was also originally transcribed by businessman Gerald Doyle and published in Old-Time Songs and Poetry of Newfoundland.

Recording artists include: Alan Mills, Great Big Sea, Dick Nolan, and Ian Benzie."

The CSHF 2nd Annual Gala will be broadcast live on CBC Radio One on February 8, starting at 8 p.m.\ EST (9 p.m. AT). Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique will broadcast excerpts the following day at 10 a.m.,\ and CBC Radio Two will re-broadcast the show on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.}

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