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NICHOLAS MERCER: You’re always welcome at the South Coast Arts Festival

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Bud Davidge took to the stage on Aug. 10 as he has many times before at the South Coast Arts Festival in St. Jacques.

A resident of the neighbouring Fortune Bay community of English Harbour West, the Newfoundland and Labrador musical icon knew he had to be there.
Davidge had performed at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St. John’s a night earlier and made the nearly seven-hour drive on Saturday. For his home performance, Davidge dipped into his vast catalogue of traditional music, a songbook full of folk classics like “Music and Friends”, “The Loss of the Marion”, “The Mummer’s Song” and others.
Davidge never fails to draw a crowd to the dance floor and this night was no different.
Now, Davidge isn’t the only one that marvels on the stage. Performers young and old from across the region and offer renditions of “Grey Foggy Day” and “Up She Rises”.
“There are people who have been here for 34 years and they’ve grown up with the music,” said St. Jacques-Coomb's........

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