Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Article on Andy Jones

Jones gives life to host of eccentrics
By Stephen Hunt, CanWest News Service
Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Newfoundlanders always have been pretty exotic to the rest of Canada.

What's surprising is that outport Newfoundlanders -- eccentrics who live in the remote hamlets that are often more connected to the sea than the rest of the people in the province -- seem just as odd to Newfoundlanders themselves. That was the inspiration behind Andy Jones's latest one-man show, An Evening With Uncle Val, the comedy veteran is performing as part of the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

"I've always seen outport Newfoundland as a very exotic place," Jones says, over the phone from St. John's, where he grew up in the 'burbs. "It was the source of so much inspiration for Newfoundland artists. All the storytellers, all the musicians -- so many of them."

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Letters from Uncle Val, a series of fictional letters from Andy Jones' incomparable comedic character of the stage play An Evening with Uncle Val, is available from Rattling Books. Written and performed by the author.