Maria Cherwick is certainly one of the busiest musicians in town! A highly trained classical violinist, she is also an accomplished fiddler who fearlessly (well mostly) tackles jazz, traditional styles and bluegrass with a skill and musicality that has made her one of the most sought after side musicians in St. John’s.
In fact, in addition to a slew of awards and nominations with her trad thrash punk outfit the Kubasonics, Maria was awarded the MusicNL Side Musician of the Year for 2018.
Aside from all that, she has performed from Victoria to St. John’s, as well as throughout Ukraine as a folk musician. She has played with a number of ensembles, in styles ranging from Celtic, to Old Time, to Eastern European thrash polka. In addition, she also studies, performs, and has a passion for improvisation and jazz. Maria can be seen frequently performing fiddle music in and around St. John’s with the Kubasonics, the Old Contemporaries, Strong Harbor Strings, the Newfoundland Symphony and many others.
Anita Best has spent a lifetime exploring, cataloguing and celebrating the rural Newfoundland lifestyle and culture. In the process, she has become one of the province’s most prominent traditional singers and has greatly contributed to the cultural fabric of this province through her talent and passion for traditional folk music.
For the past 30 years, Jean Hewson (guitar & vocals) and Christina Smith (fiddle and cello) have been performing the traditional songs, ballads, and dance tunes of Newfoundland and Labrador for audiences in North America and the UK. They learned their repertoire directly from the older generation of musicians and singers around the Island.
Their CDS Like Ducks! and August Gale (Borealis) have received multiple nominations and awards, and in 2010, they were honoured by the Goderich Celtic Festival in Ontario, receiving the Tradition Bearer Award for their ongoing contribution to the traditional folk culture of Canada.
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.
Sherry Ryan (guitar and vocals), Andrea Monro (banjo and vocals), and Maria Cherwick (fiddle and vocals) bring their beautiful harmonies, instrumentation and songwriting together combined with the music of bluegrass legends Dolly Parton, Bill Monroe and Gillian Welch to name a few.
Sherry’s songwriting has been winning hearts across the country and her song ‘Stop The Trains’; a gem of a tune was voted best song in the province by The 2018 People’s Choice Awards. She was also awarded 2018 Music NL Female Artist of the Year.
Andrea Monro is a singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist who has performed in Canada and the UK. Her performance highlights include Juno, ECMA and MusicNL showcases, performances for the CBC and The St. John’s Folk Festival.
Maria Cherwick is a highly trained violinist and musician versed in multiple styles and traditions. Music has taken her from coast to coast and around the world as a performer of both classical and folk music. Maria was awarded 2018 Music NL Side Musician of the Year.