The Arts Centre is now closed for the winter. We will reopen when the weather warms again in the spring...hopefully in April. Please check back for upcoming public events, since we will post dates as soon as they become available.
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Events for July 2017
July 1st with Matthew Byrne
EHAA is pleased to partner with the English Harbour Recreation Committee to present our province's finest balladeer.
Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage. This tradition thrives on the song-the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody- and Matthew's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. His live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
To honour Canada's 150th birthday Matthew's concert will be followed by fireworks on the beach.
An evening with Ian Foster
Ian Foster is a Newfoundland-born songwriter who has toured in Canada,the U.S. and Europe since 2007. A multiple East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and MusicNL award nominee, he has released seven albums since 2006 (currently touring 2017's Sleeper Years) , and has had his music played on radio internationally. A finalist for The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), he has co-written with various artists, including the legendary Canadian folk artist Ron Hynes. Ian's story and character driven lyrics mixed with a modern musical sensibility have been described as "a great example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing". (CBC Radio).
Old Blue String Band
The Old Blue String Band blends old-timey and bluegrass songs and tunes well seasoned with some updated classic songs for a tasty heaping helping of passion, pathos and pluck. The band brings together equally well-seasoned musicians Allan Byrne - guitar, vocals (the Byrne family dynasty; Blue Drop), Dave Rowe - mandolin, "bull" fiddle, vocals (the Rowe family dynasty; Crooked Stovepipe; numerous other bands; propriety or Music) and Scott Schillereff - clawhammer banjo, hammered dulcimer, vocals (steeped in Appalachian tradition; Tickle Harbour; Atlantic Union; and Newfoundlander by choice).
Events for August 2017
Red Moon Road
Red Moon Road makes a much bigger sound than one would expect from a trio. With Sheena front and center, flanked by "her two Daniels", it's a visually-appealing, high-energy and well-choreographed show incorporating: impeccable three-part harmonies, a roots drum kit split entertainingly but pragmatically between Sheena and the "Hatted-Daniel" (who also strums an acoustic guitar with an extra custom pickup allowing him to simultaneously play bass), the Franco-Manitoban "Moustached-Daniel" covering lead parts on mandolin, banjo, lap steel, and organ (sometimes within the same song) while Sheena's unmistakable heart-moving and soulful voice soars above it all. The commanding and engaging presentation is equal parts polished songwriting, undeniable musicianship, spontaneous repartee and seamlessly-blended, masterful storytelling; the last a dimension in which the band is both renown and unique.
Master storyteller and multi-instrumental performer Gordie Tentrees has arrived. His sixth album "Less is More" brings together his knack for melody with his amazing ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hands (both during and between songs) and is a deeply personal, moving, melodic and sometimes humorous look at life through the eyes of a unique and infectious personality. Yukon based, Ontario raised, farm boy, golden glove boxer, school teacher, youth counselor turned folk artist Tentrees has released 6 records touring North America, UK, Australia and Europe up to 200 concerts each year, nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, International Song Competitions and toured with Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Poltz and Mary Gauthier. Produced by Juno award winner Bob Hamilton, the album features Tentrees blend of folk, roots and blues sounds on 11 tracks including "Camelot Hotel" written by Mary Gauthier. Tentrees plays dobro, guitar, harmonica, with stellar accompaniment from Aiden Tentrees on upright bass & Fabian Brook on guitar and fiddle. The album also includes guest appearances by Yukon musician Patrick Hamilton, Annie Avery, Lonnie Powell and the voice of east coast darling 2015 Juno winner Catherine MacLellan.
"Sounds like an album Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan might have done if they were starting out today" Irish Post (4/5 Stars)
Dave Panting with Greg Simm
Nova Scotia's Greg Simm and Newfoundland's Dave Panting.
This acoustic duo draw on musical savvy and experience combined
with a relaxed and spontaneous stage presence to take you on a
"string driven ride down the backroads of Britain, Ireland and North America".
Their set is a balanced mix of songs and instrumentals from several genres:
including Celtic folk, country blues and swing.
DAVE PANTING BIO
A multi - instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer who hails from St. John's, NL.,
Dave has four decades as a fulltime professional musician under his belt.
He plays acoustic and electric guitar, members of the mandolin family, banjo and bass as well as Greek bouzouki, durass and baglamas.
He is a founding member of the influential Newfoundland folk band Figgy Duff and Atlantic Canada's award winning multi genre group Rawlins Cross.
For five years he was a member of the Irish Descendants, Juno award winners and one of Newfoundland's longstanding musical mainstays.
Dave has toured all over Canada as well as in the UK, Ireland, USA, Europe and Scandinavia, Mexico and South America.
He is a long time AF of M,SOCAN and Music NL member as well as being a winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival's lifetime achievement award.
GREG SIMM BIO
Greg has been performing music across Canada and beyond for the last forty years.
Also a product of the WRHS music program under the direction of Brian Johnston, Greg has recorded, toured and performed with artists as musically diverse as
Denny Doherty (Mamas & Papas), Gordon Stobbe (Up Home Tonight) and Kendra MacGillivray.
His folk trio Prairie Sea featuring Jim Bell and Kim deLaforest has recently released their second CD "Distance".
Greg continues to travel to Nunavut twice a year to teach music to Inuit Youth in remote Arctic communities with Tusaranaarniq Sivumut (www.musicforthefuture.ca).
In 2015, he was named a lifetime friend of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.
Nick Earle and Joseph Coffin
Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are emerging blues artists from St. John's, NL who have released their debut album "Nick Earle and Joe Coffin Live at The Citadel House", earning them award nominations for MusicNL Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year and Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year. Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich soulful vocals and exceptional guitar playing are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have already performed with many of Newfoundland's top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style.
(Update: The guys won "Young performer of the Year" at the Canadian Folk Music Awards!)
The Celtic Fiddlers from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, are a vibrant group of 13 young professional musicians, ages 14-24. This unique group of fiddlers is accompanied by piano, mandolin, mandola, tin whistle, Irish flute, bodhran, cajone, accordion, banjo, bouzouki, bass, voice, guitar and drums. They have gained an outstanding reputation for their eclectic style and presentation. Collectively the group has mastered 53 instruments!
Events for September 2017
A modern indie folk trio from Newfoundland, The Once has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, numerous ECMA awards, was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council. They have earned not one, but two JUNO nominations for best Roots/Traditional album, the most recent in acknowledgement of Departures (2014). While originally known for its haunting interpretations of traditional music, The Once has at long last uncovered a sound that truly represents their inner artistry.
After 40 years, St. John's-based Crooked Stovepipe continues its run as the oldest bluegrass band in Canada. Over the years founding members Neil Rosenberg and Ted Rowe have taken the band through four CDs plus a children's recording with Colleen Power. Their third CD, "Just In Case", was voted "Bluegrass Recording of the Year" by the ECMA, and MusicNL named Power "Female Vocalist of the Year" for her collaboration with the band.
They have played often on radio and television, and appeared at numerous concerts and festivals around the province. The band has also performed in Nova Scotia, PEI, Ontario, and Alberta. Neil and Ted were founding members of the Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and Crooked Stovepipe has been featured regularly at its annual jamboree.
Ted's son Dave Rowe, Matt Hender and Carole Bestvater round out the band for 2017.
Island Soul Tour 2017
with special guest, Michael Hanrahan
Janet Cull will be kicking off her "Island Soul Tour" this Fall to promote her critically-acclaimed new album, "Real Tough Love". Recently selected by Los Angeles-based Singer Universe Magazine as their "Best Vocalist of the Month", the tour will take Cull to a variety of theatres across Newfoundland. The performances will culminate in an opening slot for 4-time Grammy-winning superstar k.d. lang, in St. John's (Mile One, Sept. 14) Janet being hand-picked by lang for this prestigious gig. Janet will be joined on this tour by special guest Michael Hanrahan, who's played with a host of Newfoundland greats, including the Irish Descendants and Connemara. From Janet's powerhouse R&B-style rock, to Hanrahan's innovative take on traditional, this tour truly connects with the various facets of the Newfoundland soul.
Janet Cull has 2 previous albums to her credit - the first with the Janet Cull Band (MusicNL Album of the Year, 2004); and the second (with Kelly-Ann Evans), is the ECMA-nominated "People Get Ready". Janet has performed in local musicals as a principal singer/actor, including Hair, Cats, and most recently Jesus Christ Superstar. Cull has co-produced a string of sold-out provincial tours, including FOREVER 27, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, The Women of Motown, Tina Turner and more. Check out www.janetcull.com
Since the first Irish fishermen travelled west, captivated by the promises of this abundant land, Newfoundland has been a bastion of Ireland's enchanting cultural heritage. It is a place where people still speak with the unmistakable lilt of their distant ancestors and where the rhythms of traditional music echo ancient tunes brought from far across the ocean. Their immigrant forefathers, of strong Munster stock, braved the harsh winds and tumultuous waves. By the mid-1800s, they comprised half the population of Newfoundland, leaving an indelible mark on the history, society and culture of the province. Through a unique musical lens, Cordeen will explore the legacy of the Irish in Newfoundland as they trace the story of traditional music, from songs of home to fresh new fusions.