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.

Join us for a special episode just for the kids! Featuring a puppet show from Tales of Dwipa and a set from The Swinging Belles. The show will be available from Saturday, September 5th – Friday, September 11th.

Click “Get Tickets” to watch the show for free on YouTube!

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!

Kyle Gryphon is a musician and construction worker living on the Southern Shore, Avalon Peninsula. He has been playing traditional music for over 25 years, first picking up the accordion at the age of 4. Later, he started playing banjo, harmonica, drums and various other instruments. Writing tunes and songs for the past 15 years, Kyle has built up a repertoire of original music and he recently released a full-length album, entitled “Isolation”, which has been extremely well received and generated solid reviews.

He currently performs solo as well as with the bands Dark Era (drums) and Dark Island (accordion, vocals, harmonica, 5-string banjo).

Join us for our final episode featuring Anita Best & Sandy Morris, and The Once.

Welcome to the Episode Seven for the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival 2020 Digital Edition, presented by Equinor.

This episode is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Baxter Wareham, including a tribute from local musicians and a set from Sherman Downey.

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.

Jacques Brel a marqué la chanson française par la richesse de son écriture et sa soif d’authenticité. Laissez la formation Les Paumés du Petit Matin vous transportez par la poésie passionnée et la musique exaltantes de ce “Grand Jacques”. La formation est menée par Frédéric Blouin, un auteur-compositeur-interprète qui, au fil des ans, s’est produit dans plusieurs provinces au pays. En 2018, il participait au concours Pacifique en Chanson à Vancouver.

Jacques Brel left a distinctive imprint on French music with his image-rich writing and quest for authenticity. Les Paumés du Petit Matin will give the audience a taste of his incredible passion and stage presence. The band is led by Frédéric Blouin, a singer-songwriter who has performed tributes to Brel in Western Canada, and last year participated in Pacifique en Chanson, a French song-writing contest in Vancouver.

Billy Sutton is an award winning Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer/Recording Engineer from Hr. Grace, NL. He currently resides in St. John’s. His musical ability is evident in the impressive roster of musicians with whom he has worked. A member of the multi-award winning band The Fables, he also has toured, and recorded with such groups as Ron Hynes, ShanneyGanock, The Irish Descendants, The Ennis Sisters, The Matthew Byrne Band, Cordeen, Rum Ragged, and has recently been recruited to join one of Ireland’s most famous traditional bands, Danú.