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ACCORDION FOLK HERO IS RECIPIENT OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RAY WALSH TO BE HONOURED AT THE NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR FOLK FESTIVAL AUG. 9 – 11, BOWRING PARK
St. John’s, NL, Canada – July 16, 2013: – The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society, organizer of the 37th Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, is proud to announce that the festival has selected renowned Newfoundland accordion player Ray Walsh as the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Walsh has greatly contributed to the cultural fabric of this province through his talent and passion for the music.
Says Tom Power, board member of the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, “Ray Walsh is one of the best known and most recognized accordion players in Newfoundland & Labrador. He has always been a proud advocate of traditional music in this province, however, there is nothing more wonderful than listening to the passion and enthusiasm which Ray shares through his performances.”
Ray Walsh has been playing traditional music in Newfoundland for almost as long as he can remember. As a young man, Ray played at dances and gatherings in Bay de Verde, Conception Bay; he was a featured performer on CBC Television's All around the Circle from 1964 until 1975, and has been featured on many television and radio shows in a career spanning nearly fifty years. He has contributed to many recordings and concert tours for performers John White, Joan Morrissey, Kevin Collins and many more, and in 1995 formed the Walsh Family Band with his brother Gerard, son Greg, and daughter Michelle.
Ray has toured extensively, playing as far afield as Mexico and Ireland. He is a strong proponent of Newfoundland's traditional music, having served on the board of the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society, and has been featured on the main stage of the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival on numerous occasions. Ray has released six albums of Newfoundland, Irish and Scottish music, and continues to entertain audiences in Newfoundland & Labrador and beyond.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival will be held in Bowring Park, St. John’s from August 9th to 11th. Complete details of the 37th International Folk Festival – including performer bios, schedule, venue information, and tickets – are available at www.nlfolkfestival.com
Tickets are on sale now and are available online at ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at the MUN SU Copy Centre, University Centre, O’Brien’s Music Store, Heritage Shop in the Avalon Mall, and Brewed on Bernard in Corner Brook.
ABOUT THE NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR FOLK ARTS SOCIETY
The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society (NLFAS) is a registered charity whose mandate is the promotion of the traditional folk arts of the province. The mandate of the society is to produce arts festivals for the purpose of education and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of Newfoundland & Labrador folk arts, to educate artists through participation in such festivals, and to educate the public in folk arts through performances in public places and seminars. Active since 1966, the organization works towards its goals by presenting educational and cultural events that provide artists with the opportunity to showcase their work and that engage our youth and the general public in the appreciation of our intangible cultural heritage. The NLFAS produces the weekly Folk Night at the Ship Pub and several annual events including Young Folk at the Hall, the Holiday Wassail and the popular Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival. The 2010 Folk Festival received the City of St. John’s Event of the Year Tourism Award, and was voted Best Volunteer Opportunity by readers of the Scope.