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!
Originating from Labrador and residing in the midst of spectacular Gros Morne National Park, it’s no wonder that Shirley’s songs are filled with nature’s imagery.
Whether through live performance, recordings or Festival organization,Shirley has long been one of our most treasured artists.In 2019, she was awarded the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award for her unwavering support and promotion of the the traditional folk arts of the Province.
This father/daughter duo represents the essence of traditional NL music; the passing of our culture from one generation to the next. Tamsyn plays button accordion and also sings and plays guitar. Notable performances include many years on the Neil Murray Stage, Young Folk at the Hall, Harbourside Park Concert Series, and featured guest on A Feast of Cohen (2018). Her Dad is well known for his work with many groups and musicians over the years and has received various awards for his work promoting and preserving NL music, most notably The Order of Canada. Together they are currently performing in the new musical No Change in the Weather playing at the LSPU Hall this summer and touring Canada in the September & October. You can also hear them Monday nights during the summer at Tunes & Tales with Kelly Russell at The Crows Nest and occasionally at Folk Night at The Ship Pub, both in downtown St. John’s. They are accompanied on their Folk Festival performance by Jason Whelan.
Photo credit: Naomi Russell
Eastern Owl is known locally and nationally as a unique group of women who blend the styles of First Nations Drum Music and Contemporary Folk to create their own innovative sound. A powerful ensemble of eight vocalists, they have been captivating audiences at festivals and concerts across Canada. With deep roots in community, Eastern Owl has committed to deepening their connection with their traditional practices while helping to educate indigenous and non- indigenous audiences alike. They are recipients of the 2016 ArtsNL CBC Emerging Artist award, and have taken the national stage during Canadian Music Week (ON), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (BC), and Petapan (NB), as well as local festivals such as Identify, Out of Earshot, Spirit Song, and Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. The group is currently celebrating the release of their sophomore album, Qama’si, and are one of the most in-demand groups in Newfoundland and Labrador today.