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.
Jordan Harnum is a true son of Newfoundland. Born and raised in New Harbour, he learned the power and tradition of song and story from a young age. Jordan has always felt a deep spiritual connection with the act of performing on stage or on screen.
Jordan’s debut record “The Boys Around The Bay” was produced and written-in-part by Glenn Simmons (The Fables) (Wonderful Grand Band) and released in the fall of 2017. Since then, Jordan was nominated for MusicNL’s 2018 Celtic Artist of the year, played various festivals and venues across the province. In August 2018 Jordan joined expedition cruise specialists Adventure Canada as one of the onboard musicians. Expect some new music from Jordan in 2020.
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.
This father/daughter duo represents the essence of traditional NL music; the passing of our culture from one generation to the next. Tamsyn plays button accordion and also sings and plays guitar. Notable performances include many years on the Neil Murray Stage, Young Folk at the Hall, Harbourside Park Concert Series, and featured guest on A Feast of Cohen (2018). Her Dad is well known for his work with many groups and musicians over the years and has received various awards for his work promoting and preserving NL music, most notably The Order of Canada. Together they are currently performing in the new musical No Change in the Weather playing at the LSPU Hall this summer and touring Canada in the September & October. You can also hear them Monday nights during the summer at Tunes & Tales with Kelly Russell at The Crows Nest and occasionally at Folk Night at The Ship Pub, both in downtown St. John’s. They are accompanied on their Folk Festival performance by Jason Whelan.
Photo credit: Naomi Russell