Stuff the stockings!

Weekend passes for The 43rd Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival will be on sale, starting Wednesday morning, November 28th at Fred’s Records, and O’Brien’s Music.

They are $60, limit of 4 per customer, cash only please, while supplies last!



What’s better than a stack of presents under the tree? A stacked lineup for The 13th Annual Holiday Wassail!

Sunday December 23rd 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

George Street United Church
25 Buchannan St., St. John’s Canada

Check Out The Lineup, and click on each Artist/Group to learn more!


Master Storyteller, Dave Paddon

Fretboard Journey, out with a brand new holiday picks album.

The Swinging Belles, ready to raise our holiday spirits!

Kubasonics. Ukrainian Christmas is it’s own special event and they know how to bring it!

Old Contemporaries and Friends, are a handful of master musicians gathered around one microphone in the old style.

Elizabeth Clarke, one of our young artist discoveries from this year.

Mummer & the Paupers. Somewhat unruly but generally well mannered, they have graced nearly every Wassail so far and..well…it wouldn’t be Christmas if they weren’t allowed in…

The STEP Fiddlers, will raise their fiddles for the intermission of the Wassail!

and the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble will be a grand finale! We have been hoping to get them back for a while and so pleased schedules worked this year.

The show will have a short intermission with refreshments (proceeds to George Street United’s Jimmy Pratt Memorial Kitchen) and NLFAS and artist merchandise (and raffle!) will be available as usual.

Of course, we always have room in our event program for those who wish to take out a small sponsorship! Call 576-8508 or email for details.

Tickets are available at O’Brien’s Music Inc., Fred’s Records and of course, Folk Night and the office and for those that wish to purchase online, you can do so at the ticket link in this event. Box office fees will apply of course.

Purchase online tickets here!.

Hi Folks,

Well another year has rolled around, and we are getting set to produce the Young Folk at the Hall event again!  This year, celebrating our 18th anniversary, concerts will be at the LSPU Hall, Victoria Street, St. John’s, on Sunday, February 3rd at 2 PM & 7 PM.  The Saturday afternoon workshops will be held on Saturday, January 26th and Saturday, February 2nd from 2PM to 5PM. at Brother Rice School, St. John’s, NL

As some of you already know, the purpose of the workshops is to give the young musicians (ages 7-18) an opportunity to share their talents with other young musicians in an informal setting; to develop musical relationships among the young musicians; and primarily, to foster the idea that playing and sharing music is an enjoyable and fulfilling activity. The content of the Sunday afternoon concert will emanate from these two workshops.

We would encourage young folk, especially those familiar with the format of the workshops, to consider bringing some new repertoire to the project. Perhaps choose a piece of music or a song that is not commonly performed. If you need advice about this, please get in touch with me.

Once again several of our seasoned members will facilitate these workshops sessions, their input is invaluable and much appreciated. The workshops will give the young musicians and singers an opportunity to talk to and play with these musicians, learn more about their instrument of choice (voice included), explore the possibility of future musical liaisons with their peers and have FUN!!!!!.

The workshops will be free of charge, sponsored by the Folk Arts Society, and any proceeds from the concert will help produce the TD Neil Murray Stage at the annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival in August. If you know of any interested young musical friends, please ask them to get in touch with me.

Unfortunately, space is limited so please register early.  Register here!

Yours truly,

Fergus O’Byrne
(709) 576-4759

Come on down to a very special Folk Night at The Ship! November 14th – 9PM

It’s been almost 7 years since our good friend Dr. Peter Narvaez left the stage, and his mark on the music scene of the province cannot be overstated. His distinctively original songwriting, incredible blues harmonica and jaw dropping guitar playing is the stuff of a legend around here.

Perhaps you had marveled at his command of guitar and harmonica when he played on Out of the Fog, or noticed his editing credits on publications like Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture. He might have taught you at MUN or sat in on an impromptu jam session with you and some friends at a downtown bar.

A singer/songwriter, a respected blues musician, an educator, writer, researcher and dedicated community volunteer. To honour his tireless effort in furthering the traditional folk arts of this province, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society had named Peter the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, and now it’s that time of year for all to gather – friends and fans – and play as many Peter Narvaez tunes as we dare to learn!

Many of the usual suspects are on onboard include Glen Tilley, Denis Parker, the Powerhouse Blues Band, Low Yo Stuff, Dave Mundy and Callum Latta, Neil Rosenberg and Brian, Maria and Jacob Cherwick along with George Miminis, Darren Browne, Matt Hender, Dave Panting, and more will join in.

So, there ya go. An eclectic, mostly bluesy mix of some of the best players, and people, in the old town.