Graham Wells


A multi-instrumentalist and powerful singer of both Newfoundland and Irish traditional songs. Graham was immersed in the traditional music of Newfoundland and Ireland almost from birth and learned his first music from his Grandfather, Edward Walsh, an accordion and mouth organ player. Graham is not only one of Newfoundland’s most accomplished accordion players, but is an innovator in Newfoundland traditional button accordion playing and music. In the late nineties, he introduced the semi-tone tuned button accordion system to Newfoundland traditional music. In 1999, Graham began his career as a professional musician, his first recording project was an Irish/Newfoundland collaborative album called Island to Island featuring Seamus Creagh & Aidan Coffey and a group of Newfoundland musicians organized by Graham. He has recorded and toured extensively with Newfoundland bands “A Crowd of Bold Sharemen,” and Juno Award-Winning band “The Irish Descendants.” Graham’s debut solo album Traditional Music from Newfoundland, was released in 2008, it won the Folk/Roots Album of the Year at the MusicNL awards. In 2010, Graham founded Feile Seamus Creagh, an annual traditional music festival now in it’s 9th year, featuring the finest traditional musicians and dancers from Ireland and Newfoundland, taking place in 4 different locations around the Avalon Peninsula. It has become a highlight of the festival scene in Newfoundland and Labrador and of the traditional music scene in Canada.