Accomplished and respected local roots performer Rik Barron has been entertaining his audiences with great singing, expert playing and irreverent humour for nearly 40 years! An old friend of the Folk Night stage, this show is bound to be brilliant!

HmmmmH is four old friends embarking on a new musical adventure featuring Graham Wells (accordion), Romano DiNillo (bodhran), James Hurley (piano) and Duane Andrews (guitar).

Sharing the stage tonight we have Dram & A Draw, with original songs crafted in the tradition of Maritime Celtic music, and Lindsay Ferguson, critically acclaimed Canadian Singer-songwriter with a unique style of  folk meets pops meets country. The energy will be incredible, folks!

Len O’Neill, a singer-songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland, has gone from gigging in the local pub scene to releasing his solo album “Out Of View” in the spring of 2024. Influenced by a diverse range of artists spanning classic rock legends to poetic songwriters, Len crafts introspective, lyric-driven compositions exploring themes of ambition, sorrow, and personal growth. This local artist is really on the go right now, so we’d recommend getting a seat early enough to catch this Folk Night performance!

15 years of Southern Shore folk has brought his music to the darker side of folklore and general society – turmoil, humor, despair, and oddities past and present. Kyle has built up a repertoire of original and traditional music; raw, bare bones, downbeat songs and tunes on the 5-string banjo, button accordion, harmonica, and a few homemade contraptions from time to time. Accompanied by Kady Meaney on Guitar, this duo is gonna shake the Folk Night stage with their take on trad.

Join us at Folk Night at the Ship for Songs & Stories, an NL Folk Arts Society and NL Historical Society event that commemorating 75 years of Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada! 

To show our gratitude for all the artful gems that were born from this union, we will be honoring this anniversary with music by Fergus O’Byrne & Jim Payne, and recitation from Heidi & Deborah Coombs, Angela Antle, Terry Bishop Stirling, and Andrea Procter at The Ship on June 19th, 9pm, FREE of charge!

Kelsey Arsenault  is a singer-songwriter and certified music therapist. From the small town of Ferryland at the edge of the ocean, she grew up steeped in stories and songs. For the last number of years, she has been crafting a songbook of original music; sketching scenes of contentment, indecision, love, and overcast weather. Kelsey’s output is carved both by the waves of contemporary pop harmony, and tides of Newfoundland folk. A 2023 MusicNL “Rising Star of the Year” nominee, her debut album “Gallery Walls” was released this past October. She’s the first woman of her hometown to release an album of originals, and she hopes that something in her music connects with something in you. Come hear Kelsey’s music, carved both by the waves of contemporary pop harmony, and tides of Newfoundland folk!

The Verdin Brothers is a collaborative project between multi-instrumentalists Peter and Mark Verdin that has transmuted traditional into experimental, tracking the crooked byroads of folk and lingering in its dark pockets and eerie configurations. Building from a foundation of steel-string guitar and upright bass, they play deranged instrumental folk music that blends elements of American Primitive guitar, traditional string band, and musique concrète. With unique instrumentation and a keen ear for melody, The Verdin Brothers’ music will have you hypnotized!

Newfoundland born Claire Porter is a singer/songwriter who has been described as a mix between Judy Garland and Tom Waits. Join us at Folk Night for Claire’s music about detritivores, love stories and tiramisu!