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.
The STEP Fiddlers are a group of fine young fiddle players, ranging in age from seven to 16, drawn mostly from the students of the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP) in St. John’s. They are directed by Christina Smith, who founded the group in 1982 to give young Newfoundlanders an opportunity to learn their own traditional music. The STEP Fiddlers have been featured performers at local concerts, festivals and events, have played for local, national and international audiences and have brought Newfoundland music to Ontario, England, and Northern Ireland. Over the years the group has released two CDs: “Galing for a Storm” and “Fiddling in the Fog.”
Cassie Farrell is 15 year old has been playing the piano since the age of 5, and at the age of 11 she began playing the ukulele and guitar. Vocally, Cassie has been a member of the Atlantic Girls Choir for 5 years and is also a member of Courtney Fowler’s Performance Academy. Cassie has performed at the NL Folk Festival on the TD Neil Murray stage, at the City of St. John’s Talent Showcases and Harborside Concert Series, Kiwanis Music Festival, Cupid’s Soirée, has been a Sing NL finalist, and has performed at various coffee houses. Cassie has been working hard on her goals and is very exited to grow as a solo artist.
Jayne Batstone (vocals, ukulele, guitar, piano) is an emerging singer/song writer from St. John’s NL, who regardless of any more of Mother Nature’s curve balls, definitely plans to graduate from high school in June 2021!! Her performance of acoustic music has been described as “smooth and haunting” underlined by a “quiet confidence”.
Jayne has spent her “COVID Quarantine”, listening to and learning from the music that has erupted world-wide in a unifying voice of love and support. She is more grateful than ever for the unending support of our own arts community and committed to following in the NL tradition of using her voice to lift others up and change the world
Gracie Reid is a button accordion player, guitar player and vocalist. She has been playing music since she was eight years old and has been performing publicly for almost as long. She enjoys playing in a variety of different genres such as Newfoundland traditional, Irish, Folk, Rock, and Pop.
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.
Elizabeth Clarke is 16 years old and lives in St. John’s. She has been taking music lessons for 12 years. Elizabeth is classically trained in voice and piano and has received many awards. Recently she completed her RCM Level 10 piano, receiving First Class Honors. In 2019, she played Ariel in Holy Heart’s production of The Little Mermaid, performed with three Holy Heart choirs, and was the piano accompanist for the Holy Heart Chamber Choir. In addition to classical music and theatre, Elizabeth enjoys performing folk music with her guitar. She was a contestant at the 2019 NewfoundTalent Contest. Elizabeth is excited and grateful to share her music with the audience of the NL Folk Festival for the second year in a row. Special thanks to John Clarke for reaching out and organizing the recording session and to the NL Folk Arts Council.
CONWAY are a contemporary Celtic group from Newfoundland and Labrador that perform in various combinations from a duo to a 5 piece band and have been performing and touring Atlantic Canada together for the past 5 years.
CONWAY are a Canadian Folk Music Award 2020 nominee and have hosted and produced their own one hour Television Special, performed live on the Janeway Telethon, the annual George Street Festival, Mount Pearl Days, Holyrood Squid Fest, Kelligrews Soiree, Lewisporte’s Mussel Bed Soiree, Live at Heart International Music Festival as well as multiple appearances at The Brigus Blueberry Festival, The NL Folk Festival and the East Coast Music Awards and over 400 other great stages in their busy career. CONWAY would love for you to check out their website at www.conwaygroup.ca
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.