Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night “session” around many a kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation in 2007 and has now written 35. Five of these have been published in handmade chapbooks and his work is available on 2 CDs or through electronic download. His recitation “Ralph: Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book and his latest work is “Half the lies you tell are not true”, a collection of 13 of his funniest recitations.
Dave lives in St. John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province.