Lloyd Bartlett among friends playing at event honouring Tina Dolter

Diane Crocker
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When local artists and musicians gather Thursday night to pay tribute to Tina Dolter, an old friend and accompanyist will be among them.

Lloyd Bartlett will perform at Remembering Tina Dolter: An Evening of Music and Art at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s arts and science extension atrium. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tina Dolter Award in Visual Arts. Ms. Dolter, an artist and singer, died last September.

“It’s for a good cause,” said Bartlett of the tribute event. “And not only to remember Tina, but to raise a scholarship fund. It’s a really good thing to get going.”

The Tina Dolter Award in Visual Arts is to be awarded to a student entering his or her fourth year of studies in the bachelor of fine arts (visual arts) program at Grenfell Campus. Ms. Dolter was a graduate of the program. Bartlett, who is well known for his jazzy classical style of guitar playing, will be playing some light jazz numbers, including some jazz standards.

“Where Tina and I played together a number of times I’ll be doing some of the songs that we did together,” he said. “She really loved light jazz.”

Bartlett and Ms. Dolter knew each other for about 30 years and he figures they performed together at least 100 times.

“In all kinds of different venues,” he said. “A lot to times when Tina had a gig where they wanted her to sing I played backup for her.”

And Thursday’s tribute won’t be the first time that Bartlett has played in tribute of Ms. Dolter. This past spring he performed a piano piece titled “Pixie Dust” that he wrote in her honour at the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival in Gros Morne.

“If you knew Tina at all that’s a good title,” said Bartlett. “That’s what we used to call Tina, a pixie.”

He describes it as a very light, sort of semi-classical sounding tune. “It’s a piece of music that draws on different genres like jazz and new age.”

Bartlett’s not sure if it’ll be part of his repertoire on Thursday or not. “If the atmosphere presents itself, I probably will,” he said.

Other musicians who’ll perform at the tribute include Wendy Woodland, Elaine Clarke and Shirley Montague, Louis MacDonald, AcaBella and the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus.

The event will also feature silent and live art auctions of work by west coast visual artists. The tribute will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at JL Gallery, State of the Arts, Ewing Gallery and Grenfell Campus Bookstore. dcrocker@thewesternstar.com Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

Organizations: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Islands Musical Arts Chorus

Geographic location: Gros Morne

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