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.
Kelly McMichael is known for her sultry, versatile voice and melodic sense. Her start as an “Emerging Artist” for the Peterborough Folk Festival in 2007, helped her to develop a career as keyboardist/vocalist. She has toured North America and The U.K. sharing the stage with artists such as Sarah Harmer and The Hidden Cameras while playing keys with Arts and Crafts band “Gentleman Reg” and co-fronting Pride favourite “Rouge” in Toronto.
In recent years Kelly has focused her efforts on her band “RENDERS”, known for catchy sounds and underlying feminist themes that have gotten international attention and praise. Using her mother’s last name feels appropriate for the content which ranges from sassy “moving on” dance songs to angry “Take Back the Night” anthems, to soul-bearing softer songs about mental health struggles.
Inspired to break down barriers and expectations by experimenting with a variety of genres and instruments, Kelly constantly challenges herself to evolve, sometimes collaborating with local Maria Peddle who is an equally versatile and powerful performer. RENDERS features self-produced beats and synths, and Kelly will sometimes stick to her given name and do her stripped down guitar or piano-driven songs. A new album is in the making with no official project name or release date yet. Stay tuned in 2019, and in the meantime catch Kelly / Renders downtown St Johns at The Ship, The Blacksheep, The RockHouse or with other local bands JOHN (Joanna Barker), and Thelma & Louise.
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
Justin Burnett joue de la musique un peu bizarre, un peu drôle, pour vous faire sourire et penser. Quand il ne joue pas avec son duo, Ticklish Brother, in est normalement seul sur la scène avec une guitarre et sa voix. Il joue des chansons de Ticklish Brother traduites de l’angais, ses propres chansons écrits en français, et quelques uns de ses reprises favoris.
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.