2018 Authors and Musicians

Lillian Allen

Internationally acclaimed poet/performer and language innovator, Lillian Allen works at the intersection of dub, sound and rebel poetics. She has several award winning recordings and several books of poetry to her credit. Considered a cultural de-programmer, Lillian has been a strategic initiator of programs, networks and arts organization in the city for several decades now and has been a a longtime arts activist. Now in her sage years, Lillian is focused on mentoring the mentors and in intensifying her work to decolonize cultures as she remains an instigator of all things radical. She is a professor of Creative Writing at OCAD University and is spearheading the establishment of a new Creative Writing BFA that focuses on creative writing as social practice

Elinor Benjamin

Elinor Benjamin has been telling traditional folktales, fairytales and myths in schools, libraries and other venues to listeners of all ages for over twenty-five years. After retiring from a career as a public library administrator, she returned to her native Nova Scotia in 2011 where she is a long-time member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax, and its current president. In 2015 she was awarded Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada’s highest award:“Storykeeper” and was chosen as the Annual Honoree at the 2008 March Hare

see elinorbenjamin.ca


Anita Best

Anita Best was born on the island of Merasheen in Placentia Bay on Newfoundland’s south coast the year before Newfoundland joined Canada. When she was a child, television had not yet taken over as the primary source of entertainment, and for many homes on the island, electricity was provided by gas-powered generators. Singing, dancing and storytelling were the main forms of recreation and when the
nights grew longer and colder and the fishing season was over, people would gather in each others homes and keep heart in one another with tunes, songs and stories.

see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Best

Douglas Cameron

Two time Juno nominee Douglas Cameron has been composing and performing in Canada for over four decades. His song Mona With The Children (True North Records) was a top twenty hit in 1985. Douglas has composed extensively for television and film and is well known for performing for children on Ants In Your Pants (Treehouse TV).

Douglas has recorded several albums of original songs including his most recent entitled Riverdale.

In collaboration with David Macfarlane, Cameron co-created The Door You Came In – a two-man performance of music and text based on the stories of Macfarlane’s The Danger Tree. The Door You Came In was performed throughout Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada in the summer of 2016 and continues to tour in Ontario and beyond.

Most recently Douglas has joined Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom, celebrating the music of Stompin’ Tom Connors, renown Canadian troubadour.

Elaine Clarke

Elaine Clarke, of Little Rapids, has been sharing her love of music with audiences on the west coast of Newfoundland since the early days of the Hangashore Folk Festival and beyond. She has sung with various groups performing songs from many genres, including country, rock, folk, and jazz. Most recently, she has been working together with Wayne Muggridge to create new arrangements to some of their favourites, two of which are included on his CD “West Wind Blow”. During the 1980s, Elaine and Wayne performed with the Corner Brook group Salt n’ Pepper.

Stan Dragland

Stan Dragland is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Western University. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Dragland is a prolific, critically acclaimed and widely respected author whose companion title to The Great Eastern, Strangers & Others: Newfoundland Essays (Pedlar, 2015), was a finalist for the prestigious BMO Winterset Award. Born and raised in Alberta, Dragland studied at the University of Alberta, where he received a BA and MA, and earned a PhD from Queen’s University. He retired from his teaching post at the University of Western Ontario in 1999, and now lives in St. John’s NL.

Loyola Hearn

Loyola Hearn was born in Renews where he was heavily involved in community activities and where he began his writing career. Following a teaching career, he entered Provincial Politics and served as Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Education. He later entered Federal Politics and became Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Following that, he served as Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland. He still lives in Renews, is still heavily involved within the community, and still writes the odd song and poem.


Nadine Hollett and Don Walsh

Veteran Don Walsh (guitar, backing vocals) teams up with Nadine Hollett (vocals) to bring you a variety of folk and traditional songs from a diverse repertoire.

These musicians come from the ranks of such notable bands as TICKLE HARBOUR, THE PLANKERDOWN BAND and RED ISLAND. And in addition have played with such luminaries as Paddy Keenan, Matt Cranitch and Seamus Creagh just to name a few. This duo weaves a unique blend of style and delivery that promises to enliven, enchant and entertain.

see Don Walsh Collection for more information
or Nadine performing with Tickle Harbour

Joel Thomas Hynes

Joel Thomas Hynes is a long time performer at the March Hare, and of all the many festivals and readings out there in the land of literature, the Hare is by far his favourite. Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Calvert, Newfoundland. Nephew of the late, great folk singer Ron Hynes and a musician in his own right, he’s also a flaming actor and the author of numerous acclaimed books and movies and stage plays. His most recent novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night was longlisted for the Giller Prize and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

He is the creator, an executive producer and lead actor in the new CBC comedy series Little Dog and is in the midst of releasing his first full length studio album Dead Man’s Melody.


Randall Maggs

A writer and wood craftsman, Randall Maggs was born in Vancouver, but has lived on the west coast of Newfoundland for the last 40 years. After leaving the Royal Canadian Air Force, he earned graduate degrees in English at Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick and in 1977 became a member of the faculty at Grenfell College, teaching courses mainly in Canadian Literature and Creative Writing. His second collection of poetry, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems was a Globe and Mail “Top 100 Book” in 2008 and won the Winterset Award, the E. J. Pratt Poetry Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Night Work was launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the Canadian Embassy in Dublin. A Tenth Anniversary Edition will be brought out by Brick Books in advance of the making of a feature length film based on the book by Blue Ice Pictures (Canada).

Eamon McGrath

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With over 300 songs written and recorded, album of the year credits, and multiple continent-spanning tours, Eamon McGrath has developed a body of work that could rival that of any artist 15 years his senior. This is the house that punk rock built: a fierce DIY attitude and constantly-changing style has guided McGrath across the globe on countless tours, stories from which have been cultivated in innumerable journal entries and song lyrics. He is based in Toronto, Ontario.

Over 100,000 kilometres of highway, railroad and sky lays behind him as McGrath continues to blaze an impassioned trail of music that finds a sound and voice somewhere between punk rock, country, folk and rock and roll. Taking him to locations as geographically diverse as Reykjavik, Palma de Majorca, Warsaw, and everywhere in between, McGrath and his guitar represent a new dawn of singer-songwriting that’s injected with the raw, fierce energy of punk rock: not in the sense of an acoustic performer hollering at the top of his lungs to simulate the energy of a full band, but instead something more rooted in a passionate commitment to your craft and a blind and zealous determination to your vision, wrapped in a sonic texture as rough as the road itself.

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Stephanie McKenzie

Stephanie McKenzie has been artistic director of the March Hare since 2014. She is the author of three books of poetry, all published by Salmon Poetry, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland:

  • Cutting My Mother’s Hair, 2006;
  • Grace Must Wander, 2009; and
  • Saviours in This Little Space for Now: Poems for Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh, 2013.
  • McKenzie is working on her fourth manuscript, presently entitled The Indies Cut, which is based on her travelling in the Caribbean for over ten years and living for periods of time in Jamaica and Guyana.

    see stephaniemaymckenzie.com

    Wayne Muggridge

    Wayne Muggridge grew up in Musgravetown, located in the Bonavista Bay area of Newfoundland, and later moved to Corner Brook to work at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. He has played folk music with local groups such as Salt n’ Pepper (which included Elaine Clarke), Townsite Ceili Band, Muckle Wheel, and Polypudjum. Wayne has performed at various folk festivals, and on local cable television, plus at the March Hare in its early and more recent years. He has released the following albums of mostly instrumental folk music:

  • Come in and Jar the Door (2011)
  • On a Winter’s Night (2014), which also includes singing by Sylvia Fudge and Bob Muggridge.
  • West Wind Blow (2017), which also includes singing by Elaine Clarke and Bob Muggidge.
  • Wayne’s albums have gotten radio play in the province, plus on BBC Radio Wales and on BBC Radio Ulster.

    Pamela Morgan

    For 19 years, Pamela Morgan was lead singer, guitarist, and arranger for Canada’s pioneering “Celtic” band, Newfoundland’s Figgy Duff, who brought the traditional music of Newfoundland to the world stage.

    Since then, Pamela has been spearheading her own independent record label, Amber Music, producing music for NL’s finest roots artists, including four of her own solo CDs, and licensing tracks to various labels worldwide.

    As solo artist she has graced stages in England, Canada, the US and Europe, and overseen productions of two original scores for live theater; her own folk opera, “The Nobleman’s Wedding”, and Figgy Duff’s score for Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

    In 2007 she received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, and in 2008 embarked upon a different journey, studying Graphic Design at the College of the North Atlantic. This new skill set led to the release of her handmade book “Newfoundland Ballads for Piano and Voice” in 2011.

    In 2013 Pamela completed recording Figgy Duff’s Tempest score, “Sounds and Sweet Airs” and released her fourth solo CD, entitled “Play On”. Further development work of her original folk opera ” The Nobleman’s Wedding” is ongoing, inspired by a 2014 production of the opera at the Stephenville Theatre Festival.

    She continues to write, arrange, perform and tour in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style.
    see www.pamelamorgan.ca

    Sherry Ryan

    Drifting between country, blues and folk and beautifully marrying these genres with her distinct Newfoundland roots, Sherry’s been releasing heart-stealing originals across each album. This gifted songwriter leaves the stage with a piece of your heart every time. Described as “so good, so distinct, it’s absolutely unforgettable” (Exclaim!), hers is a voice you pay attention to. Her fourth full-length album ‘Wreckhouse’ will be released early in the spring of 2018.
    photo by Tom Cochrane.

    see sherryryan.com


    Miljan Vujovic

    Miljan Vujovic is a gusle player from Vrbas, Serbia. He is the best gusle player in Vojvodina, a region in the northern part of Serbia, and third on the Festival of Gusle players of Serbia. He started to play the gusle in 2000 and plays the traditional songs of Serbia and Montenegro.

    Des Walsh
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    Des Walsh’s fourth and most recent collection of poetry is The Singer’s Broken Throat (Talonbooks). He has written a dozen produced stage plays including The Moon Shone Bright (Breakwater Books). Walsh’s screenwriting credits include the international hit miniseries’ The Boys of St. Vincent and Random Passage. Love and Savagery, his first feature film, was released November 13, 2009.

    His work has won many prestigious international awards including a Gemini Award and the Gold Medal at the Banff Television Festival in Canada, the Umbria Fiction Award in Italy, the Grand FIPA d’Or Cannes in France, and The New York Festivals Award and the 1995 Peabody Award in the United States. He was the recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts Achievement Award for 2009.

    See http://www.heritage.nf.ca/articles/arts/des-walsh.php/

    Douglas Walbourne-Gough

    Douglas Walbourne-Gough is a poet, arts administrator, editor and aspiring reviewer from Corner Brook. His poems have appeared in journals across Canada, and, most recently, he’s had some success with publishing reviews. His first full-length manuscript, The Crow Gulch Poems, is under considered for publication. Currently living in Kelowna, BC, he misses the ocean dearly.