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.
Fergus has been involved with the traditional music scene for the past 15+ years and performs regularly on accordion and concertina. Fergus is a member of The Freels and hosts a regular session at O’reilly’s Pub every week.
Fergus est un musician professionnnel depuis 15+ ans. Il joue l’accordion et le concertina. Il est l’animateur d’un ensemble de musique chez O’Reilly’s Pub
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.
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.
Rube & Rake is a folk/roots duo based out of St. John’s, NL, with a primary focus on creating sparse, stripped down songs. While many performers often look to expand their arrangements, the duo has found the opposite works best for them, allowing their harmonies and delivery of lyrics to come to the forefront. Winners of two MusicNL awards including folk/roots artist of the year for their debut LP, Rube & Rake’s sophomore LP will be released on October 16th, 2020.
Always a highlight of the Folk Night season when we get this fantastic duo to host. Better come a shade early if you want a seat for this one, ladies and gents…even online it might fill up!
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.
Folk Night Trad Sessions!
The last Folk Night of each month is usually reserved for a traditional tune session with a hosting musician to keep things on track. There is no PA system, no stage, no door prizes or open mike…just tunes! All musicians of all levels are welcome to join in and share in the music.
“Cat Bowring has an alluring accent and tone, controlled whether she takes it down to a whisper, or when she takes it to balls-to-the-wall soul sister/rock n’ roll blues queen. She exudes true emotion through her sound and when she pushes herself, which she frequently does, an audience will stop in their tracks and realise that they’re in the presence of something special.
In her performance, she has an “honesty” about herself. You know that you’re actually getting her, not something that she’s pretending to be.”
– Jonathan Shardlow, the Jam Professors