Reverend Canon Don Ford is the rector at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London. A native of Newfoundland, he will be interweaving the evening’s music with spellbinding stories from his colourful homeland.
“When I first met our storyteller, Don Ford, he offered to tell me the history of Newfoundland, which he knows very well. I was mesmerized for a solid 20 minutes by his passion and the depth of his understanding of what the people went through to exist there, and the love with which they hold their culture – their lifeline in a sea of change.
“Our audience will enjoy the music in Going to the Rock! The smiles will open hearts and minds to hear an inspirational message of courage and achievement of a people who have gone through challenging times.
“Folk music is the true music of the people. It grew from the soil and the difficulties of a simple agrarian existence – in the case of Newfoundland, a simple fishing existence. It speaks of the timeless themes of humankind: love and survival. It is the story of all of us – both joyful and poignant.”
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