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!
Gracie Reid is a button accordion player, guitar player and vocalist. She has been playing music since she was eight years old and has been performing publicly for almost as long. She enjoys playing in a variety of different genres such as Newfoundland traditional, Irish, Folk, Rock, and Pop.
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.
Maia Mckeown is a ten year old who loves to play and sing traditional Newfoundland songs.
Maia has been a member of the STEP Fiddlers touring group, with numerous performances in and around St John’s, at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, and in Norris Point at the Tales, Trails, and Tunes Festival.
She sings and plays violin with the Shallaway Youth Choir and enjoys performing each year at the Young Folk at the Hall, she can also be seen on occasions busking around the capital.
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.
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!
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.