Jaxon Haldane - live studio session this week on The (204)

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You've heard of Neil Young and Fred Eaglesmith, but what about Willie P. Bennett?

Willie P. Bennett was an influential Canadian folk musician, but most people haven't heard of him. He's what you'd call a "musician's musician." He had a special connection to several Winnipeg musicians as a mentor, including the boys from locals The D. Rangers. Frontman Jaxon Haldane is coming in to the (204) studios to pay tribute to Willie with an exclusive studio session featuring some of Willie's famous tunes.

Willie P. Bennet was an influential Canadian folk musician, but most people haven't heard of him. He's what you'd call a "musician's musician." He had a special connection to several Winnipeg musicians as a mentor, including the boys from locals The D. Rangers. Frontman Jaxon Haldane is coming in to the (204) studios to pay tribute to Willie with an exclusive studio session featuring some of Willie's famous tunes.

Last summer, shortly after Willie passed away from heart problems, Jaxon helped organize a large tribute to Willie at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The show was a hit. That concert was recorded by CBC Radio and is airing nationally on Monday, February 16th on Canada Live at 8pm, 8:30 in Newfoundland.

Make sure to tune into The (204) on Saturday, February 14th to hear a couple stripped down acoustic versions of Willie's music, courtesy of Jaxon.

Also hitting the airwaves this Saturday, Wab will be giving away some all-inclusive passes to the Festival du Voyageur, which kicks off this weekend. And you'll hear music from Festival performers Burnt and Chic Gamine to get you pumped about the next week of Franco-greatness.

AND - Caribbean-Canadian composer Larry Strachn drops by to talk about an event he's been planning for Black History Month: "Steal Away: orchestral music by black composers." It's about exposing audiences of all colours to the music of black composers. That's Sunday, February 15 [details below]. Did you know that legendary ragtime composer Scott Joplin wanted to compose operas but could never get them produced because racial obstacles? Food for thought.

MUSAIC Chamber Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Larry Strachan, presents Steal Away...Orchestral Music by Black Composers as part of Black History Month Celebrations, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre, 2 Forks Market Rd. Tickets: McNally Robinson Booksellers or at the door.

Check out The (204) Saturdays, 5 p.m. on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM and 990 AM.
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