Artists working in a wide range of disciplines provide quality art instruction through hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages and all walks of life. The EHAC provides workshop participants with a fully equipped workspace and a professionally trained staff to assist in whatever ways are necessary. We welcome people from all levels of artistic experience to explore, learn and draw inspiration from each other, the beauty of this place, its history and culture. We tailor our workshops to small groups because we believe that intimate, intensive learning experiences are where creativity thrives.
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!