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:, &

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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