Denis Parker has been playing the blues for a long time. In fact, before emigrating to Newfoundland from London, England in 1972, he recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios for EMI/ Harvest in the late sixties and the resulting two albums by Panama Limited Jug Band have been just been remastered and released on Cherry Red Records. After 45 years, a lifetime of gigs, and a slew of recordings ranging from rock to acoustic blues, Denis still has the fire, is playing and singing better than ever and his 9th studio album “The Golden Years” is scheduled for release in late 2020.
Rube & Rake is a folk/roots duo based out of St. John’s, NL, with a primary focus on creating sparse, stripped down songs. While many performers often look to expand their arrangements, the duo has found the opposite works best for them, allowing their harmonies and delivery of lyrics to come to the forefront. Winners of two MusicNL awards including folk/roots artist of the year for their debut LP, Rube & Rake’s sophomore LP will be released on October 16th, 2020.
Folk music has been part of Aine Waterhouse and Annie Lewis’ lives for as long as they can remember. They have played at Young Folk at the Hall and made appearances on the Neil Murray Stage at the NL Folk Festival consistently for the past 6-7 years.
They have both participated in the STEP Fiddlers touring group, playing countless performances with the ensemble locally and away. They have performed as part of the STEP Fiddlers in the St. John’s Kiwanis Festival Rose Bowl, have traveled to the Tales, Trails, and Tunes Festival in Norris Point, NL and to the New England states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Annie and Aine are excited to share their love for folk music with audiences this summer.
Marion Counsel grew up on Red Island, Placentia Bay. She was a teenager when her family resettled in the town of Placentia during the “Resettlement Program” of the 1960’s.
Marion has written many recitations, and songs about these experiences, mainly as a keepsake for her son Michael, but also, to help preserve her memories of outport life in Newfoundland and Labrador.
She has compiled her stories and songs and created a performance piece called “Red Island – Resettlement Girl”. Marion and her singing friends Helen Murphy and Barbara O’Keefe have performed it in various venues to sold – out audiences at The Rooms, LSPU Hall, Five Island Art Gallery Tors Cove, The Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Center in Placentia, and have also performed at the 42nd Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.
“Red Island – Resettlement Girl” is now available on CD at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He
grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night
“session” around many a kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and
subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of
material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to
Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation
in 2007 and has now written 25. Five of these have been published in handmade
chapbooks and his work is available on a CD or through electronic download. His
recitation “Ralph:Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book.
Dave lives in St.John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province.
Eastern Owl is known locally and nationally as a unique group of women who blend the styles of First Nations Drum Music and Contemporary Folk to create their own innovative sound. A powerful ensemble of eight vocalists, they have been captivating audiences at festivals and concerts across Canada. With deep roots in community, Eastern Owl has committed to deepening their connection with their traditional practices while helping to educate indigenous and non- indigenous audiences alike. They are recipients of the 2016 ArtsNL CBC Emerging Artist award, and have taken the national stage during Canadian Music Week (ON), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (BC), and Petapan (NB), as well as local festivals such as Identify, Out of Earshot, Spirit Song, and Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. The group is currently celebrating the release of their sophomore album, Qama’si, and are one of the most in-demand groups in Newfoundland and Labrador today.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Fergus emigrated to Canada in 1967 and, while living in Toronto, became a founding member of the Irish folk band, Ryan’s Fancy. The group moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1971 and for the next fourteen years, Fergus toured extensively throughout North America and Ireland as part of the trio. They were featured on the CBC network series, Ryan’s Fancy, for five years, and on the Tommy Makem/Ryan’s Fancy show, which was syndicated throughout Canada and the world. Ryan’s Fancy was also featured in the CBC TV production of The Last Run, which is part of the Newfoundland curriculum for Music (Exploring Music) at the intermediate level.
Ryan’s Fancy recorded fourteen albums during its tenure and songs from these albums can still be heard on local and national radio playlists. As a solo performer, Fergus has performed on numerous anthologies and collections of folk music, and has contributed to recordings by Newfoundland artists such as Great Big Sea, Jim Payne, Minnie White, The Sons of Erin, and Christina Smith. He recently produced a double CD collection called Ryan’s Fancy: What a Time, featuring material culled from the Ryan’s Fancy vinyl recordings of the 70’s and 80’s.
In 1987 Fergus graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a degree in Education. Since then he has been bringing folk music to children both as a classroom teacher and a performer. He has developed a program of songs, stories and slides related to his native Ireland for use in schools and leads a series of initiatives around the province through the auspices of the St. John’s Folk Arts Society called Young Folk at the Hall, designed to get young people playing traditional music.
Since entering the vibrant music scene in her hometown of St. John’s in 2012 multi- instrumentalist and songwriter Kat McLevey has become one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most prestigious singer/songwriters. McLevey’s latest release “Evergrown” has launched her critical acclaim beyond the province collecting top-5 chart placements on campus and community radio stations across the country as well as spins on nationally broadcasted radio shows such as CBC’s Radio 2 Morning Show Deep Roots Q the Music and The Strombo Show.
According to Newfoundland’s alternative newspaper The Overcast McLevey has “lived up to her promise and eclipsed it” with her debut LP “Evergrown” which delivers a sophisticated spare highly controlled and moody sound that leaves a mark on its listeners. Since its release the record has earned McLevey two MusicNL Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year an East Coast Music Award nomination for Rising Star Recording of the Year and a coveted spot on The Overcast’s triple-juried shortlist for the Borealis Music Prize.