Matilda and Jasper have both been playing the violin since they were four and the fiddle since they were six with the STEP fiddlers under Christina Smith. Matilda played solo sets on the Neil Murray stage each year since she was seven and Jasper with the STEP fiddlers since he was six. At the 2014 St. John’s Kiwanis Festival Matilda was awarded the Kevin Neary Memorial Award for best ten and under fiddle performance and the Maurice Wilansky Memorial Award for violin and at the 2016 Toronto Kiwanis Festival the Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship for Violin Performance. At the 2019 St. John’s Kiwanis Festival she was awarded the Bartellas Family Award for best fiddler and was a Junior Rose Bowl finalist. As a singer she performed in five Best Kind shows and sang the Ode for the 2018 Folk Festival. Both will play the fiddle and guitar and sing.
Abigale-Music NL Country Artist of the Year Nominee. At 15 years old her tone comes from a different time and place. Not the voice of a trend or a moment in time. But rather a place of truth and honesty filled with nuance and wisdom. So it is little wonder the young singer/songwriter speaks of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and the Carter Family when asked of who inspires her as an artist. Abigale started writing songs early performing at every event in town, singing harmonies with younger sister Jordyn but with the help of Zack Werner and Greg Tobin as producers and mentors her debut album “Country True” was released. It’s been a whole new world coming from the small outport community of Hodges Cove to being a part of a world wide music business and Abigale is enjoying every minute!
A native of Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, Jim Payne is a leading performer, collector and producer of Newfoundland traditional music. He is also one of the province’s most prolific songwriters, as well as being a singer of traditional songs, a storyteller, writer, actor, and instructor and caller of traditional Newfoundland set and square dances. He has directed, composed and performed music for some of the most popular theatre productions of the past three decades, as well as creating soundtracks for plays, documentaries and videos. He has performed extensively on radio and television in Canada and abroad, in feature films, and has toured throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Mary est une artiste bilingue qui a enflammé les auditoires à travers le Canada, les États-Unis et à l’étranger, passant avec aisance du Jazz au Blues, de la chanson interprétée aux compositions originales. Sa musique a été décrite comme “«une mine d’or pour les collectionneurs de Jazz et Blues original»” agrémentée d’un “«soupçon de flamme dans la voix»”. Ses performances récentes incluent Franco Fête en Acadie, Le Festival Acadien à Caraquet, le Festival du Vent au Centre culturel francophone de St-Jean, JUNO Fest 2010 et cinq spectacles dans le cadre des Jeux olympiques à Vancouver. De plus, elle a chanté dans plusieurs festivals jazz à St-Jean, Halifax, Montréal, Vancouver, Victoria et à Magnolia Springs, Alabama.