Tuckamore Travels

What Was Needed Most

“Stories from the final days of a country, music about looking back”

Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano; Vernon Regehr, cello; Robert Chafe, monologues

What Was Needed Most is touring Newfoundland and Labrador again this summer, in acknowledgement of the 75th anniversary of our province’s confederation. Robert Chafe’s stunning monologues will carry you through time and place, exploring life in our pre-Confederation province, telling the stories of real Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. New music by Duane Andrews, Bekah Simms, and Aiden Hartery sets the stage for Robert’s beautiful text, performed by the inimitable Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin & Timothy Steeves, piano) and cellist Vernon Regehr.


Juno award-winning Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano), Tuckamore faculty cellist Vernon Regehr, and celebrated playwright Robert Chafe take to the stage this August with What Was Needed Most, a unique musical and dramatic piece that celebrates Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in Canada. The foundation of this collaboration is uncovered in the collected stories and music from across the province, bringing to light the voices, hopes and dreams that are the threads that bind us all together. Robert Chafe (Artistic Fraud) has explored the rugged beauty of our province, gathering original tales from a variety of individuals that weave an intimate depiction of life in pre-confederation Newfoundland and Labrador. New music has been commissioned from three NL composers, Duane Andrews, Bekah Simms, and Aiden Hartery, the latter two alumni of the Tuckamore Young Composers Program. Their music, inspired by the rich traditions of their home, illuminates the subtext of Chafe’s intimate writing, accompanying the audience on their journey through time and place, as they bring to light What Was Needed Most.



What Was Needed Most tours this August across the island:

Thursday, August 1st at 8:00 PM at the Garrick Theatre in Bonavista
Tickets available online

Friday, August 2nd at 8:00 PM at the Beaches Arts & Heritage Centre in Eastport
Tickets available online

Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00 PM at the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve Interpretation Centre
Tickets available at the door only

Sunday, August 4th at 2:00 PM at the Heart’s Content Regional Centre for the Arts
Tickets available by phone at (709) 330-4599