While most teenagers are into the Top 100 hits, 13 year old Brandon Bowen from Conception Bay South loves to jam out the traditional tunes on his accordion. Brandon has Cerebral Palsy but he doesn’t let his disability get in his way when it comes to his musical talent. Brandon has been playing his accordion for 3.5 years, he played in many festivals such as NL Folk Festival, Eastport Accordion Festival, George Street Festival, Music and Friends Festival in Bell Island, Janeway Telethon, O’Reilly’s Pub and he even had the opportunity to play with some popular NL bands such as Shanneyganock, Rum Ragged and Masterless Men. Brandon has his own band – The Brandon Bowen Band with his good buddies Russell Molloy and Dave Spurvey.
Luke Mercer has been listening and dancing to music since he was old enough to crawl. A familiar face at traditional music sessions at O’ Reilly’s Pub and Mallard Cottage, Luke has played at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Young Folk at the Hall, Eastport Accordion Festival and was the opening act for the sold-out High Kings show at Holy Heart Theatre in 2016. A student at Music Immersion in Conception Bay South, Luke has been playing and learning accordion from Aaron Collis for four years.