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
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.
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
Luke Mercer has been listening and dancing to music since he was old enough to crawl.
A familiar face at traditional music sessions at O’ Reilly’s Pub and Erin’s Pub, Luke has played at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Young Folk at the Hall, George Street Festival, Eastport Accordion Festival and was the opening act for the sold-out High Kings show at Holy Heart Theatre in 2016. He currently plays accordion with the St. Pat’s Dancers and also plays guitar and sings. A student at Music Immersion, Luke has been playing and learning from his instructor Aaron Collis.
A Grade Five student at St. Matthew’s Elementary, Luke is always excited to join a jam session or play for a crowd at any time.
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.