Shana and Dillon Brown are teen musicians that have been performing from a very young age. Formerly known as Shillon, this solid musical duo have been recognized as outstanding vocal and instrumental musicians. They are evolving towards further improvements in their instrumental abilities and will focus on this in their musical performances moving forward.
They have many accomplishments for their ages of 14 and 16, which includes 2 CDs under the Shillon Music, Youth Ventures Award for Excellence In Arts and Tourism and, Youth Business of Distinction. Recognizing the importance of continued learning in music, there’s sure to be lots of new opportunities in their future.
Violet Blackie is 11 years old and has been playing violin from the age of three. This is her fourth year performing for the Newfoundland Folk Festival. She has received several awards and scholarships from the Saint John’s Kiwanis Music Festival for her fiddle playing, and has performed opening for the Atlantic String Quartet, Rozalind McPhail and with the Ennis Sisters. With the STEP Fiddlers she has performed at Shamrock City and many other locations in St. John’s and is regular participant in Young Folk at the Hall.
Maia Mckeown is a ten year old who loves to play and sing traditional Newfoundland songs.
Maia has been a member of the STEP Fiddlers touring group, with numerous performances in and around St John’s, at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, and in Norris Point at the Tales, Trails, and Tunes Festival.
She sings and plays violin with the Shallaway Youth Choir and enjoys performing each year at the Young Folk at the Hall, she can also be seen on occasions busking around the capital.
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.
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.
Luke Mercer has been listening and dancing to music since he was old enough to crawl.
A familiar face at traditional music sessions at O’ Reilly’s Pub and Erin’s Pub, Luke has played at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Young Folk at the Hall, George Street Festival, Eastport Accordion Festival and was the opening act for the sold-out High Kings show at Holy Heart Theatre in 2016. He currently plays accordion with the St. Pat’s Dancers and also plays guitar and sings. A student at Music Immersion, Luke has been playing and learning from his instructor Aaron Collis.
A Grade Five student at St. Matthew’s Elementary, Luke is always excited to join a jam session or play for a crowd at any time.
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!
The Antle Sisters are a contemporary folk duo from St. John’s.
17 year old twin sisters, Mary & Ella Antle, began performing as a duo in 2016 and quickly established a busy performing schedule including folk festivals, coffee houses, charity events & more.
The Antle Sisters signature folk vibe is characterized by adding their natural harmonies to simple but unique arrangements of contemporary and traditional folk songs. Their setlists include a blend of covers and a growing list of original songs all of which reflect their positive outlook on life.
While most teenagers are into the Top 100 hits, 15 year old Brandon Bowen from Conception Bay South loves to jam out the traditional tunes on his accordion. Brandon has Cerebral Palsy but he doesn’t let his disability get in his way when it comes to his musical talent. Brandon has been playing his accordion for 5.5 years and he played in many festivals such as NL Folk Festival, Eastport Accordion Festival, George Street Festival, Music and Friends Festival in Bell Island, Janeway Telethon, O’Reilly’s Pub and he even had the opportunity to play with some popular NL bands such as Shanneyganock, Rum Ragged and the Masterless Men . Brandon has his own band – The Brandon Bowen Band with his good buddies Russell Molloy and Dave Spurvey. They also volunteer their musical talent with community fundraiser events and senior homes.