The late Joan Morrissey is often called the province’s “First Lady of Song”. Her career spanned two decades until her untimely death in 1978. Morrissey’s repertoire included county, folk, traditional and show tunes. Many of the songs Morrissey performed were written by Tom Cahill and have become staple folksongs such as “Thank God We’re Surrounded by Water” and “The Mobile Goat”.
Sherry Ryan, Janet Cull and Andrea Monro — a few of our current Ladies of Song — pay tribute to Joan Morrissey with a selection of her songs.
For over 10 years Sherry Ryan has been winning hearts across the country as one of Newfoundland’s finest singer-songwriters. Drifting between country, blues, and folk, Sherry’s songs can lead you down a path of heartbreak, hope, and even humour in the space of a single chorus. Her highly anticipated fourth album, Wreckhouse, takes its name from the song ‘Stop The Trains’; a gem of a tune written by Sherry and her father, Jim. Her instantly recognizable voice radiates on this Newfoundland classic in the making, and the rest of Wreckhouse is no exception. Couple 10 heartfelt songs, with rich vocals, and phenomenal live off the floor performances from her band, and you have Sherry Ryan’s best work yet. She’s earned nation-wide attention, extensive radio play, and multiple music awards and nominations. A talent in the truest sense of the word, Sherry Ryan continues to ring out true and clear with her newest release.