From Stage to Stage

The recitation has long been a staple form of amusement in Newfoundland and Labrador culture. Whether to deliver a story in a memorable fashion, delight listeners at a kitchen party, pass the time in a fishing stage, or to “say your piece” at a community concert, we have always been very adept at using the spoken word as entertainment. In recent years some clever folks have been working to keep the form alive by putting their observations and experiences into recitation form. Some of the finest among them are Dave Paddon, Dave Penney, Hubert Furey and Harry Ingram. Whether being sentimental for days gone by, making light of everyday occurrences, paying tribute to those who have gone before, or by simply making us laugh ourselves silly, these fellows are enjoying keeping the tradition going.

The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze consists of three young accordion fans who are among some of the finest young traditional musicians on the scene today. Together, Brandon Bowen, Kyle Browne and Luke Mercer bring a friendship and love of accordion music to the stage that is compelling and a rare treat to watch. The future of the local accordion scene is in safe hands it appears!

The Freels

The Freels seamlessly combine many styles of traditional music, and other genres into a vibrant performance you can't help but dance to. These tunes are complimented with feel-good arrangements of traditional Newfoundland songs and a few surprises.

Calum Graham

At just 24, Calum Graham has already enjoyed a career that would be the envy of most artists twice his age. The Alberta-based guitarist and singer/songwriter has released five acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London, racked up some phenomenal views on YouTube, and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Andy McKee, one of today’s most popular acoustic guitarists, calls Calum “the most promising young guitarist I’ve seen. His command of the guitar is already really impressive!”