Shar­ing the sto­ries

Terry Pen­ney hon­ours New­found­land vet­er­ans; CD/book re­lease tak­ing place in Lewis­porte on Fri­day

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY KAREN WELLS kwells@pi­lotnl.ca

Hon­our­ing vet­er­ans with words and mu­sic.

It’s been three years since singer/song­writer/sto­ry­teller Terry Pen­ney took to the stage to per­form.

Pen­ney is back and has added au­thor to his list of cred­its. He has com­pleted work on a “labour of love.” The 10-track CD “The Un­for­got­ten” in­cludes pre­vi­ously re­leased but newly recorded mu­sic, along with new mu­sic that re­flect his re­spect and honour for those who have served, and those who sup­port them.

The CD pro­ject is ac­com­pa­nied by a com­pan­ion book “The Un­for­got­ten: Sto­ries of New­found­land Vet­er­ans”. Pen­ney, who is known for shar­ing the back sto­ries to his songs dur­ing live per­for­mances, pro­vides a taste of this in the book. It’s also a place where Pen­ney shares sto­ries he was for­tu­nate to hear from vet­er­ans such as the late Les­lie Ginn, who was the in­spi­ra­tion for the song “Nor­mandy in New­found­land”.

“It’s very sat­is­fy­ing to be able to pre­serve some of this his­tory of the com­mu­nity, prov­ince and na­tional his­tory,” Pen­ney said.

In the book Pen­ney shares sto­ries Ginn told him, in­clud­ing “The Heir­loom Ring”, a story Pen­ney will share with the au­di­ence at the CD/book re­lease event to be held at Citadel House in Lewis­porte on Fri­day, Nov. 3 be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The mix of short sto­ries, po­etry, thoughts and song lyrics are ev­i­dent of Pen­ney’s knack for sto­ry­telling that over the years has evoked emo­tions from au­di­ences of laugh­ter to tears in a sin­gle per­for­mance.

Pen­ney said the book pro­vides snip­pets of the lives of the soldiers, but also of the loved ones who were left to worry about their sons, fathers, hus­bands, broth­ers, un­cles and take on the bur­den of be­ing with­out a vi­tal mem­ber of the fam­ily unit.

The book also in­cludes ne­ver­be­fore pub­lished photos pro­vided to Pen­ney by those he has had the honour of get­ting to know over the years.

For Pen­ney, this pro­ject is a way to pre­serve some of the his­tory of those who went to war, and pro­vide first-hand ac­counts of what they en­dured

Look to Pen­ney’s Face­book page for de­tails on up­com­ing per­for­mances. “The Un­for­got­ten” is avail­able by con­tact­ing Pen­ney through Face­book or by email at Un­for­got­tenNFLD@gmail. com. It will also be avail­able in the Lewis­porte area fol­low­ing the Nov. 3 CD/ book re­lease.

and how they per­se­vered.

Grow­ing up, Pen­ney al­ways felt a con­nec­tion to those who serve or had served, but it wasn’t un­til later in life that he was aware there were mem­bers of his own fam­ily who had made im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the war ef­fort, some­thing that so­lid­i­fied his com­mit­ment to share their sto­ries.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Terry Pen­ney of Lewis­porte was a mem­ber of the crew of ac­tors, made up of descen­dants of war vet­er­ans, to be part of the documentary “New­found­land at Ar­maged­don”. The pro­duc­tion aired last year to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Beau­mont-Hamel. Pen­ney said just from his ex­pe­ri­ence and know­ing the his­tory of what the soldiers went through, “It must have been hell.” Pen­ney is re­leas­ing a CD “The Un­for­got­ten” and com­pan­ion book “The Un­for­got­ten: Sto­ries of New­found­land Vet­er­ans” as part of his con­tin­u­ing ef­fort to honour soldiers and their fam­i­lies.

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