Soundbone Summer Music Series 2017
The Soundbone Summer Music Series in Musgrave Harbour offers audiences in Central Newfoundland the opportunity to hear many of the province’s top performing artists. There are performers to suit all music tastes. Prepare to be impressed and thrilled!
The performances will take place in the upstairs conference room of the Spindrift Country Inn, Musgrave Harbour, starting at 7:30PM (doors open at 7:00). Concert reservations can be made at 709-670-3377 or at the Inn. Tickets can be purchased online (see below for details) or at the Spindrift Inn, 87 Main Street, Musgrave Harbour. Check out this map if you’re not familiar with the area.
(Click on the hyperlinks for biographies and additional photos of the performing artists)
June 14 – Matthew Byrne (singer/guitarist)
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.
“Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country, Hearts & Heroes certainly provides ample evidence.”
— Roddy Campbell, Penguin Eggs Magazine
June 28 – Rum Ragged (traditional music group)
From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, Rum Ragged (singer/guitarist Manning, accordionist Aaron Collis, with Anthony Chafe on bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo) pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. Having released their debut album in the summer of 2016 and the group has already received acclaim with two Music NL nominations for Album of the Year and Folk Roots Recording. They are also the grand prize winners of the Lamb’s Rum theme song contest, from hundreds of Canada-wide entries. Rum Ragged now represents the best that this province has to offer in the traditional genre. With an acclaimed new album and award nominations already under their belt this year, 2017 promises to be a busy and successful year for this dedicated, energetic band.
July 12 – Rosemary Lawton and Ellen Power (folk duo)
Classically-trained violinist Rosemary Lawton combines her talents with Ellen Power, a singer and storyteller whose performances are rooted in the oral tradition of Placentia Bay. Many of the duo’s arrangements are based on ethereal vocal harmonies inspired by the island’s tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing. Rosemary and Ellen aim to bring new life to the forgotten folk songs and classic fiddle tunes of Newfoundland.
July 26 – Pamela Morgan (singer/songwriter)
Pamela Morgan, former lead singer of Figgy Duff, one of the country’s most innovative folk/rock groups, has been a leading performer in the Celtic music scene for the almost forty years. For nineteen years, Pamela and Figgy Duff were acclaimed for their strikingly original and beautiful arrangements of traditional Newfoundland/Celtic material as well as their equally impressive and powerful original material. At the forefront was Morgan’s haunting and mesmerizing voice.
“…a voice that lifts you up and lays you down on a bed of thoughts and dreams”
“…gorgeous, dusky singing”
August 9 – Dave Panting and Greg Simm (folk/country/blues duo)
A multi – instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer who hails from St. John’s, Dave Panting has four decades as a full-time professional musician under his belt, including being a founding member of the influential Newfoundland folk band Figgy Duff and Atlantic Canada’s award winning multi-genre group Rawlins Cross. He has toured all over Canada as well as USA, Europe and South America.
Greg Simm has been performing music across Canada and beyond for the last forty years. He has recorded, toured and performed with artists as musically diverse as Denny Doherty (Mamas & Papas), Gordon Stobbe (Up Home Tonight) and Kendra MacGillivray. In 2015, he was named a lifetime friend of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.
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.
Heather and Eric (Heather Walter and Eric West) have been playing together since 1988 – in schools, concert halls, festivals, children’s events, as well as on radio and television. Heather’s communication skills and compelling voice coupled with Eric’s evocative guitar playing and original compositions have charmed audiences all across Canada. The musical duo incorporate a strong environmental theme throughout their music, and their performances also convey an appreciation for maritime cultural heritage. Songs such as ‘Macaroni and Cheese’, ‘The Brass Button Man’ and ‘Creatures at Home in the Sea’ have been loved by children (and adults) for generations. Heather and Eric will be joined by their good friend, harpist Gayle Tapper, for this performance. Gayle has toured with the duo at Arts and Culture Centres across the province; she has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and various folk groups, including the Arts Stoyles Band. For this show Gayle will be playing the harp, tin whistle and bodhran as well as singing.
“The songs and deft guitar playing of Eric West provide a strong musical base for the abundant talents of lead singer Heather Walter, who displays the engaging personality needed for success in this genre.” (Today’s Parent Magazine)
Reservations and Tickets
Adults: $20 at the door or in advance
Youth: $15 at the door or in advance
Children (under 10 years): $10
Tickets can be purchased at the Spindrift Inn (cash or cheque only) or online.
For more reservations and information about the music series, phone 709-670-3377.
For restaurant reservations at the Spindrift Country Inn call: 709-655-2175. For directions click here.