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.
William is a fun-loving 7 year old boy who enjoys jamming out to his favourite traditional tunes at old fashioned kitchen parties, on stage with his favourite musicians or with his friends in his backyard in Bay Bulls! His favourite accordion player is Mark Hiscock! He loves to play lively jigs and reels best, but he sure can tap into the spirit of a soft and sentimental Newfoundland ballad, too! When William isn’t playing the accordion, he can be found at his local rink playing hockey, on the field playing softball or kicking a soccer ball with his teammates! He is a proud big brother and loves to spend time in the outdoors with his family!
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
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.
Abigale-Music NL Country Artist of the Year Nominee. At 15 years old her tone comes from a different time and place. Not the voice of a trend or a moment in time. But rather a place of truth and honesty filled with nuance and wisdom. So it is little wonder the young singer/songwriter speaks of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and the Carter Family when asked of who inspires her as an artist. Abigale started writing songs early performing at every event in town, singing harmonies with younger sister Jordyn but with the help of Zack Werner and Greg Tobin as producers and mentors her debut album “Country True” was released. It’s been a whole new world coming from the small outport community of Hodges Cove to being a part of a world wide music business and Abigale is enjoying every minute!
Sister duo, Haley and Jordyn Peddle are from the rural community of Hodges Cove, NL. They have been sharing their music and beautiful harmonies for the world to enjoy for much of their young lives.
The Antle Sisters are a contemporary folk duo from St. John’s.
17 year old twin sisters, Mary & Ella Antle, began performing as a duo in 2016 and quickly established a busy performing schedule including folk festivals, coffee houses, charity events & more.
The Antle Sisters signature folk vibe is characterized by adding their natural harmonies to simple but unique arrangements of contemporary and traditional folk songs. Their setlists include a blend of covers and a growing list of original songs all of which reflect their positive outlook on life.
While most teenagers are into the Top 100 hits, 15 year old Brandon Bowen from Conception Bay South loves to jam out the traditional tunes on his accordion. Brandon has Cerebral Palsy but he doesn’t let his disability get in his way when it comes to his musical talent. Brandon has been playing his accordion for 5.5 years and he played in many festivals such as NL Folk Festival, Eastport Accordion Festival, George Street Festival, Music and Friends Festival in Bell Island, Janeway Telethon, O’Reilly’s Pub and he even had the opportunity to play with some popular NL bands such as Shanneyganock, Rum Ragged and the Masterless Men . Brandon has his own band – The Brandon Bowen Band with his good buddies Russell Molloy and Dave Spurvey. They also volunteer their musical talent with community fundraiser events and senior homes.