Bell Island Tribute
August 7, 2005

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                                                                                          Photo: Wayne J. Tucker, 2005

Approximately 300 people were treated to a rousing tribute to Dick Nolan on Sunday evening at the Heritage Hall on Bell Island. A mix of talented local musicians and others from across the Tickle belted out a variety of music througout the night. Staff scrambled to add extra tables as the crowd continued to drift in. Throughout the show, enthusiastic dancers strutted their stuff as they enjoyed the spirited music.

The musicians who honoured Dick included Bill Whalen Sr., Bill Whalen Jr., Don Crane, Rod Chipman (bass player for the Cormiers), Ian Chipman (The Fables), Terry Parsons, Nate Hammond, Jimmy Shea, Clyde Hibbs, Don Hibbs, Reg Crane, Dominic Slade, and Con Parsons. A standout was fifteen year old Jamie Spurvey who dazzled everyone with his energetic accordion tunes.

Mayor Gary Gosine of Wabana presented Dick with a 'Certificate of Excellence' on behalf of the Town and talented local painter Bill Whalen presented a wonderful portrait of Dick. Unfortunately, Dick had to be handcuffed and dragged away by the RCMP but luckily he escaped from custody in time to perform several songs for the appreciate fans. He was in fine form as he sang 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'Give My Love To Rose' from his latest CD "Memories of Johnny Cash". Next he sang a fine bunch of Newfoundland standards including 'Lukey's Boat', 'I'se the B'y', 'Isle of Newfoundland' and of course the obligatory 'Aunt Martha's Sheep'.

For most of the past 25 years Dick has entertained in the Toronto area and has rarely appeared in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sunday night's show returned Dick to the local stage and was a great treat for fans of the Godfather of Newfoundland-Country.

Wayne Tucker, August 9, 2005

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