Folk Arts Resource Guide

Folk Arts Resource Guide

Learning the Newfoundland Button Accordion (Volumes 1 & 2 )(DVDs) by Daniel Payne,  – an easy guide to playing; includes accordion tab; contact Daniel Payne, Web site:

PHDs of the Button Accordion – series by Bill Wiseman (Uncle Billy). This method uses the play by number system. Various titles

How to Play The Button Accordion – A Guide for Beginners – by Geoff Panting. Featuring songs and tunes from Newfoundland. The buttons are numbered for easy instruction.

Traditional Dances of Newfoundland and Labrador – A Guide for Teachers (Jane Rutherford and Eric West) includes complete instructions for seven dances, as well as sheet music and sound files to use with the dances. Contact: Jane Rutherford, or Eric West

The Easiest Dance Tunes from Newfoundland and Labrador, by Christina Smith; contact:

Inshore Fiddling – An audio fiddle method (2 volumes); contact:

The Fiddle Music of Newfoundland & Labrador – Volumes 1 & 2; Contact Kelly Russell, Pigeon Inlet Productions:

Suzuki Talent Education Program – musical instrument instruction

Creative Guitar – a beginners’s guide  (Eric West) a method book for learning to play instrumental and accompaniment guitar (includes DVD)

Newfoundland Explorations – 15 very easy pieces for Guitar (Eric West)

Contact for both books:  ph: 709-670-3377

Try Sylvia Woods’ website for introductory instructional books:

Contact Gayle Tapper, ph: 709-689-4277 or 709-754-7557

Tanglecove30 New Canadian Fiddle Tunes  (book with CD) by Dave Panting & Dan Rubin. Contact Dave Panting at: davepanting@hotmail  ph: 709-579-8027

Web sites:

For workshops contact Hugh Scott – ph: 709-753-9236  Also check out this website:

St John’s Storytelling Festival (St John’s) – live storytelling festival

For further information contact Gary Green – ph: 709-895-2005

Tin Whistle & Wooden Flute
Learning the Newfoundland Tin Whistle (Daniel Payne) – DVD; Contact Daniel Payne, Web site:

Velvet in the Wind (CD) – by Gerry Strong; ph: 709-596-3324; email:   website:

Other tin whistle websites:, &

The Newfoundland Ukulele (Eric West) contains arrangements of many of Newfoundland’s most popular traditional songs (e.g. I’se the B’y, Heave Away, and Sweet Forget-Me-Not) as well as some more recent ones (e.g. Saltwater Joys, Wave over Wave and Music and Friends). They are arranged so both beginners and more advanced ukulele players can learn to play the melodies as well as the accompaniments of the songs.

Visit for more information or contact:  ph: 709-670-3377

Songs of the Newfoundland Outports (Kenneth Peacock) – CD-ROM

Songs of Nfld & Labrador (songbook series): Catch Ahold This One, Sing Around This One, All Together  Now, Comfort and Joy,  Come Big Ones and Small Ones, Ron Hynes Songbook, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers Songbook.  – more info at

Old-time Songs of Newfoundland (Gerald S. Doyle) – reprinted by Memorial University of NL

Come and I will Sing You (Genevieve Lehr) – Breakwater Books

Ballads for Piano (Pamela Morgan) – 12 Nfld tunes arranged for piano,

Music stores (instruments, recordings and sheet music)
A & P Music, Clarenville,

Del’s Music, Grand Falls, Exploits Valley Mall, ph 709-489- 2001

Fred’s Records, St. John’s – recordings and songbooks

Gary Bennett Music, Corner Brook,

Long & McQuade, St. Johns,

The Music Collection and Dance Corner, St John’s,

O’Briens Music Store, St John’s, – recordings, songbooks and instruments

Reid Music, Mt. Pearl

Village Music, Corner Brook,

Workshops and other folk arts organizations’ websites
Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation – runs the Vinland Music Camp – a traditional music, storytelling & dance camp for all ages; hosts performances

Suzuki Talent Education Program – musical instrument instruction

The Folk Arts Society of NL – runs the NL Folk Festival

MMAP – Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media & Place

Vinland Music – (songbook publishing & recordings)

Amber Music (Pamela Morgan) – recordings, concerts and workshops

Pigeon Inlet Productions (Kelly Russell) (songbooks & recordings)

Jean Hewson & Christina Smith – fiddle, guitar & vocal workshops,

SingSong Inc. (Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne) traditional music recordings and workshops  with Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne,

Music Industry Association MUSIC-NL, information on NL musicians,

The Session – An online community dedicated to traditional music. Find tunes, recordings, sessions and events

Live performance venues, festivals and series
Arts and Culture Centres (throughout NL)

The Folk Arts Society of NL – runs the NL Folk Festival in St John’s,

House of Diamonds (Glovertown) – arts gallery and live music concerts,

Killdevil Fair (Gros Morne) – traditional music festival,

Soundbone Summer Music Series (Musgrave Harbour) – live music concerts,

Citadel House (Lewisporte) – live music concerts,

St John’s Storytelling Festival (St John’s) – live storytelling festival

Trails, Tales and Tunes (Norris Point) – live music and storytelling

English Harbour Arts Centre in English Harbour, Trinity Bay – live concerts; website:

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