Since the release of Stories and Strangers in 2009, Dave Penny has became known as a composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador, with topical references, wacky plots, and clever turns of phrase which comes from a lifelong fascination of comic ballads of Newfoundland and the British Isles. With his engaging stage personality, and a style that is entirely his own, he has been a key figure in resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland comic songs.
Dave’s 2017 recording—All Turned Around—has been nominated for a 2017 MusicNL award for Traditional Artist of the Year and a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year. The album has given him the opportunity to travel around the province and parts of Canada, including the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario.
In 2020, Dave released his most recent recording–Chip Wagon Ahead. Along with completing and releasing this record, Dave continues to add to his repertoire and perform via online festivals, concerts, and videos during the COVID-19 setbacks.
Whether holding down one half or synth pop duo Renders, singing an acapella ballad or cranking out the trad tunes with the Freels, Maria Peddle is one of St. John’s finest and most honest musicians.
Not too shabby on the saxophone either actually…..
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.
Andrea Monro is getting older, and while she always secretly believed she was of the perfect temperament to withstand the solitary days of life during a pandemic, the past seven months have proven her sorely wrong. Livestream, living room, or well spaced concert halls, she will happily be there, because she really misses sharing music. A singer songwriter, Andrea also plays banjo and sings in “Flower Hill” with Sherry Ryan and Maria Cherwick, who are amazing (really, ask anyone). She writes songs and stories and most of her thoughts (on her therapists advice), and lives with her two boys, bearded dragon, and 5 quail in St. John’s Newfoundland.
Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story.
Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live Without You,” reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wisened words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar driven “Before The Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.
On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”
“We approached Time Enough with an open heart and on open mind. We composed apart and came together to Once-up the new material,” says lead singer Geraldine Hollett of the band’s writing process. “We are pretty tough customers so it was scary bringing so much guts to the table, but over the years we have earned and accepted one another’s trust. This album is special because of it.”
The story of The Once is one of growth, propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there’s a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.
Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once has earned one of the most loyal followings in the country. Ask their fans why they love the band and watch their eyes widen as the words flow. It becomes clear that The Once ain’t regular folk. They’ve built something unique within their genre, and something rare within the fan base that keeps them growing and going strong and they do not take that fan base for granted. “We give all we got to them because we know we can’t do what we want to do if they’re not with us,” says Hollett of those who have shown endless support for the group. It was this resonance with fans that launched their career and it is this deep relationship that continues to inspire the band to travel new paths, explore new territory, and create new music.
Geraldine Hollett’s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build. The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it.
Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.
Silver Wolf Band is a four-piece Indigenous folk pop rock band from Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador. Lively, engaging and self-assured performances of honest and sincere lyrical music is what has made Silver Wolf Band one of the most in-demand music groups from Labrador. Their music is piano driven and rich in harmony. Lyrically, their songs are shaped and informed by family, community, love, and their home land itself. Both their debut EP and their first full length album saw them award nominations for Pop Recording Of The Year (Music PEI, 2011), Rock Artist of the Year (Music NL, 2018) and First Light Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year (Music NL, 2019).
With every performance, Silver Wolf Band offer their audience an uplifting and enthusiastic performance of original music, along with their renditions of popular favourites by celebrated Labrador songwriters and musicians. But what’s more, Silver Wolf Band pepper their performances with knowledge, personal histories and cultural lessons from the ‘Big Land’ of Labrador.
In recent years, they’ve been invited to perform at The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival (St. John’s, NL), Northern Lights Arts Symposium (Ottawa, ON), the ECMA Artist Showcase (Charlottetown, PEI), Petapan First Light Indigenous Arts Symposium (St. John’s, NL), Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival (Norris Point, NL), Spirit Song Festival (St. John’s, NL), Labrador Winter Games Opening Ceremonies (Goose Bay, NL) and countless stages and festivals throughout Labrador.
Silver Wolf Band is Jamie Jackman (guitar, vocals), Matthew Barrett (piano, keyboards), Justin Jackman (drums, percussion), and Brandon Pardy (bass guitar). They are currently gearing up for the autumn 2020 release of their second full length album.
Truly, the musicians of Silver Wolf Band are warm, kind, humble, talented and entertaining ambassadors of the Big Land. For more information, or to book them, please visit www.silverwolfband.com
While pursuing separate solo careers, Sandy and Anita have been performing together sporadically since 1969. Their repertoire contains traditional folk material and contemporary folk material in several languages. Sandy is acclaimed for his many and varied guitar stylings, Anita for her warm voice.
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.