2011 Musicians

Paul Barry

150021Paul Barry has been involved with the music industry since 1968, playing bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and singing. His repertoire of country legends Merle Haggard and George Jones is superb. For fifteen years he performed solo and with a number of other musicians in Corner Brook and “down the coast”, performing everything from old-time country to rock ‘n roll. He moved to Rocky Harbour from
Corner Brook in 1996 and became a member of the popular band Anchors Aweigh. He continues to perform with Anchors Aweigh during the summer and works with the local tour company Bon Tours. Paul loves to play any chance he gets, and often sits in on studio projects and special gigs. He also works as a sound and light technician for several local events. Paul is a proud member of Zach Sacrey’s Shed
Band, a really fun part of last year’s Rocky Hare.

Anita Best

anita1Anita 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.

Anita performs the traditional songs and stories from her childhood, as well as ones she learned later from people in Bonavista Bay, Cape St. Georges and the communities in and around Gros Morne National Park. She also performs songs from Newfoundland’s beloved contemporary songwriters, Pamela Morgan and Ron Hynes. With her rich voice and warm personality she builds a marvelous bridge
between old-time and contemporary Newfoundland song-making and storytelling traditions.

Anita has received several honours for her work in collecting and disseminating Newfoundland folksongs, including the Marius Barbeau award from the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and an Honourary Doctorate from Memorial University.

To hear Anita singing alone or with Pamela Morgan, visit www.ambermusic.ca.

Pat Byrne

A published poet and songwriter, Pat Byrne has performed at numerous folk festivals, as well as on radio and television. He has also been active in amateur theatre. His academic interests include short fiction, Newfoundland literature and folklore, Shakespeare, and modern American and Canadian fiction. He has published on the interrelationships between folklore and literature, on the influence of the McNulty family on Newfoundland music, on the manifestations of the tall tale in Newfoundland literature, on invented traditions in Newfoundland popular culture, and on the influence of folklore and literature on the image of Newfoundland within the Canadian context. He co-edited Land, Sea and Time, a three-volume anthology of Newfoundland and Labrador texts published by Breakwater Books, which is currently in use in the Province’s high schools. He can also be heard on the CD Towards the Sunset, a collection of original Newfoundland songs, on which he is joined by Joe Byrne and Baxter Wareham.

Caber Fey

Caber Fey has been playing Traditional Newfoundland and Irish music in the Halifax bar scene since 2007. A stand up show band that pays no attention to formalities, Caber Fey sing with their hearts and bring their souls each night, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, you can see it and you can hear it. We sing the songs as we heard then growing up in 70s and 80s, those great show bands of that era, like Ryan’s Fancy, the Irish Rovers. Caber Fey performs original and traditions Newfoundland and Irish songs, mixed in with a few jigs and reels, played in, “A Caber Fey way”, I hope you enjoy.

Dunhill Singers

The Dunhill SingersFormed in 2005 to participate to Scór …..the cultural arm of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland.  The Dunhill singers were All- Ireland finalists and Provincial Champions on numerous occasions. The group comprises of Margaret Moore, Anne Kavanagh, Mairéad Murphy, Anthony Grant and Elaine Dunphy. It is unusual in that it has both “youth” and “experience” due to the diversity of age! But they are all good friends and live in and around the small village of Dunhill in Co. Waterford, Ireland

They like to sing modern/ contemporary Irish ballads and although Anne does the original arrangements the songs develop with the input of the whole group. They released their debut album (Slán Abhaile) in August 2006 and are currently putting together material for their second CD.

The group have been involved with the Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership since 2006 and were invited to perform in Newfoundland in 2006 and 2009, at events organised by the Festival of the Sea committee.. The group feels very honoured to be the first Irish musical group to be invited to participate in the March Hare Festival.

Ron Hynes

Ron Hynes - Courtesy Sennheiser CanadaOne of Canada’s premier singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes has created beautifully crafted signature songs for nearly 35 years. With seven solo albums and numerous collaborative recordings to his credit, Ron is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, and a past JUNO, Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee. He is the recent recipient of the SOCAN National Achievement Award (for songwriting career success) and holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his song writing and contribution to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ron Hynes is best known for his folk classic “Sonny’s Dream”, haunting chronicle “Atlantic Blue”, heart wrenching requiem “Godspeed”, and a string of radio hits including “Story Of My Life” “Cryer’s Paradise”, “No Kathleen”, “Roy Orbison Came On” and more. Ron’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists worldwide, including Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, John McDermott, Hayley Westenra and many more.

The self-titled “Ron Hynes” CD, his most recent release, is touted by many as his most brilliant work to date, and was recognized with MusicNL Awards for “Songwriter of the Year”, “Folk-Roots Artist of the Year”, “Entertainer of The Year” and the 2007 East Coast Music Award for “Male Solo Recording of the Year”.

In the words of Frank Davies, Founder of the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame, “He’s not just the Man Of A Thousand Songs; he’s the man of a treasure chest full of gems – timeless, brilliant, classic works of art that celebrate simple everyday events in the lives of common men.”

Ron Hynes tours regularly throughout Canada and abroad, Attracting enthusiastic audiences wherever he performs.


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Lynn Horne Marketing & Media Relations
Ph: 902-465-3763

David Michael

cropped_008GSLDavid Michael, singer/songwriter, was born “… and lovingly dragged up by the scruff of the neck …” at the bottom of King’s Road, a stone’s throw from the long-gone wooden finger piers in the harbour of old St. John’s. His background is Maronite Lebanese and Polish Jewish ~ not your typical Newfoundlander. In the past, he hosted and wrote his own CBC-TV variety series, toured England with his own band and promoted bands like The Clash, AC/DC, The Police, Motorhead, Joy Division, etc. A few years ago he released the highly acclaimed CD “King’s Road” and is currently working on writing a musical about St. John’s in the 1940s. He is the co-owner of Brass Taps on College in Toronto.

Shirley Montague

shirleymontagueShirley Montague is a musician and storyteller, and one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s foremost cultural ambassadors. Her singing talents were first recognized in Labrador and, upon moving to the west coast of the island in 1975 and recording Gros Morne: The Musical Journey, she established a new way of interpreting our culture, landscape, geology, and the environment. She has been instrumental in the Gros Morne Musicians in Residence Program and the creation of the cultural festival Trails, Tales and Tunes, which is especially designed to integrate the natural beauty of the Gros Morne area with music and storytelling. She has also made a beautiful musical tribute to the Red Bay Basques with some of her favourite musicians. For her efforts Montague has received the province’s Cultural Tourism Award.

Pamela Morgan

Pamela MorganFor 19 years, Pamela Morgan was lead singer, guitarist, and arranger for the 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 three of her own solo CDs, and licensing tracks to various labels worldwide. Over the last few years, she has represented Canada at Expo in Japan, toured extensively in England, Canada, the US and Europe, and overseen productions of two original scores for live theater, including her own folk opera, “The Nobleman’s Wedding.” She continues to write, arrange, perform, and tour, in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style.

The Once

theonce_press1Since its release in August of 2009, their self-titled debut album has resulted in 4 Music Newfoundland and Labrador awards, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, two East Coast Music Award nominations and a Galaxie Rising Star Award. They have performed at The Stan Rogers International Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Toured Northern Ireland, Montreal Celt Fest, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, CBC’s National Radio program The Vinyl Café, Atlantic Canada House for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, International Folk Alliance in Memphis, Juno 2010 events and have recorded a National radio Christmas Concert for the CBC.

From unaccompanied ballads layered with “vocal harmonies thick enough to stand on” to exquisitely arranged shanties featuring bouzouki, banjo, bodhrán and more, The Once has quickly become the pride of Newfoundland and Labrador’s folk music scene. If they are not already on your minds or on your shelf, rest assured, they will be The Once.

Wayne Muggridge and Ivan Emke

February 2011 261Wayne Muggridge and Ivan Emke first met late last century, when they occupied adjoining offices at what was then Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.  Wayne kept having to listen to Ivan’s music through the thin walls and, after the initial shock of having a neighbour who listened to music all day, he began to note that their tastes were similar.  After that, they struck up conversations about music and discovered they had much in common.  They began to play together and, with Scott Jamieson, they formed the first (of several) lineups under the name of the Townsite Ceili Band.

Over the years Wayne and Ivan have developed a repertoire drawn from various traditional threads – Scottish, Irish, English, Scandinavian and (of course) Newfoundland and Labrador.  They own a dizzying array of instruments, and play most of them on a good day.  Wayne’s CD, (titled “Come in and Jar the Door”) will be out this summer.

Wayne and Ivan are currently focussed on making sure that every tune they play has a diminished 7th chord in it somewhere.  Listen for it.

Jeff Quilty

jeffOriginally from Corner Brook, Jeff now calls Rocky Harbour home. He has been entertaining the locals and tourists in the Gros Morne area for the past eight years since moving there to work as a Lab/Xray Technologist. He sings songs in the folk roots tradition with passion and conviction. With encouragement (and some prodding) from fans, family and friends Jeff finally released his first CD “Long Way Home” in September 2009. Jeff was also a 2010 MusicNL nominee in the Male Artist of the Year and Folk/Roots Artist of the Year categories.

Gordon Quinton

image002Guitarist/composer Gordon Quinton was born in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador and now lives in St. John’s. A unique, self-taught guitar stylist, he specializes in original compositions and arrangements of traditional and contemporary folk music. As a member of the popular group, Ward Six, which released an album in the early 1970s, Gordon has since produced eight instrumental guitar recordings, Guitar SongsWoodnight MoonWildwood FlowerSea-Winds: Original Guitar Music from NewfoundlandNorth Atlantic DanceMolly Bawn: A Guitar MemoirFrom a Christmas Guitar, and the newly released The Yellow Sky. Independently distributed on his Woodnight Records label, Gordon’s recordings have crossed international borders into countries such as Japan, Norway and Australia. He has also contributed musically on several recordings by local artists including John White, Phyllis Morrissey, Shirley Montague, and John Lacey.

Don Walsh and Nadine Hollett

DonAndNadineVeteran 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.