Denis Parker has been playing the blues for a long time. In fact, before emigrating to Newfoundland from London, England in 1972, he recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios for EMI/ Harvest in the late sixties and the resulting two albums by Panama Limited Jug Band have been just been remastered and released on Cherry Red Records. After 45 years, a lifetime of gigs, and a slew of recordings ranging from rock to acoustic blues, Denis still has the fire, is playing and singing better than ever and his 9th studio album “The Golden Years” is scheduled for release in late 2020.
2016 JUNO WINNER for Children’s Album of the Year, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!
The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz…kid style. As primary school teachers, both Laura and Erin know first hand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good time music, and as parents, Duane and Erin know the importance of enjoying the music that our kids are listening to! The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dancing…lots of dancing!
MusicNL’s 2019 group of the year Quote the Raven have spent the past two years travelling all around Canada. They’ve performed in Trinidad, Germany, showcased at the 2019 AmericanaFest in Nashville, and were recently part of the 2020 Philadelphia Folk Festival. Audiences have fallen in love with the duo’s uniquely haunting harmonies and quick witted humour. The pair are currently working on a follow-up release to their 2018 record Golden Hour which received national attention. The first single from their upcoming album Hope debuted in the top 100 of the BDS country chart.
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.
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
Rosemary Lawton, 2019 MusicNL Celtic/Traditional Artist of the year winner, 2019 ECMA Roots/Traditional Album of the Year nominee, is an up-and-coming force within the Newfoundland music scene.
Her music is a hybrid of both classical and traditional genres. There is an underlying hint of classical influence in her unique arrangements of both traditional songs and her original compositions. Her voice is reminiscent of the high soprano Celtic singing of Ireland but with a punch.
Rosemary is helping to preserve Newfoundland’s rich tradition by collecting, recording, and performing Newfoundland traditional music.
In her new albums “Untamed,” “Fierce,” and her brand new song book “Resilience,” Rosemary Lawton explores traditional Newfoundland and Labrador songs that focus on tales of empowering women. These songs prove that people hundreds of years ago imagined women breaking boundaries, and leaving behind the gender norms of the time. At the time, these songs acted as wishes for the future. Now they are windows to the past yet they are still relevant today. These songs are culturally and historically relevant to Newfoundland and Labrador’s past and need to be shared with this new generation of Newfoundlanders.
Two of Newfoundland’s most respected performers combine instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to cover a broad spectrum of Newfoundland folk culture, including songs, stories and dance tunes. Their repertoire includes rousing sea shanties and work songs, poignant ballads, comic ditties, folk tales and recitations, and toe-tapping jigs, reels and polkas on a variety of instruments.
Cathy Newhook brings a new voice with a rare old world charm. Growing up surrounded by music Cathy developed her repertoire of NL traditional music and folk. While living in Ottawa she sang and performed regularly with Sheilagh an all-female four-part harmony ensemble. Upon returning to St. John’s she was introduced to guitarist Kirk Newhook with the intent to start performing locally.
Shortly after starting to rehearse as a duo they became a couple. Wasn’t long then until they married and started a family. Although they continued to play music together at home, musical performance took a backseat…the one all the way behind the children’s car seats in the minivan.
In ‘14 & ‘15 they formed Cathy Newhook & the Blue Sky Thinkers and presented concerts entitled Don’t Wait Too Long and Careless Love at the LSPU Hall and Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.
After another four year hiatus to focus on their growing family and shifting careers Cathy & Kirk are excited to begin performing again.
Repertoire will include Lightfoot, Brandi Carlile, Tedeschi/Trucks, Waits, Stan Rogers and more!