Soundbone Summer Music Series 2018
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.
Below is a list of this year’s performers. Click on the links for more information.
June 13 – Craig Young (country singer/guitarist)
Craig is one of Canada’s most talented and decorated country guitarists. He is a four-time recipient of the Canadian Country Music Award for best guitarist and has made a successful career as a side musician for some of Canada’s finest country artists.
Young hails from the Southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He’s been playing the guitar since the age of seven and started performing in his first band at the age of thirteen.
After moving to Alberta in 1993 Craig played lead guitar with several prominent local artists including Jason McCoy, Eli Barsi, Gord Bamford, George Canyon and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. He joined Terri Clark’s band and moved to Nashville, where played for nearly nine years.
Craig has had several top 40 singles, including the Top 10 Video on Canadian CMT You Can’t Take It With You (with Terri Clark). His album Back Home won the 2011 MusicNL Country Album/Artist of the year. His latest album, Black Diamond Strings, won the MusicNL award for Country for 2013. A collaboration with Duane Andrews, Charlie’s Boogie (2014) won an East Coast Music award. Craig now lives and teaches guitar in St. John’s.
June 27 – Kellie Loder (contemporary/pop)
There is something truly extraordinary about Juno Award–nominee Kellie Loder. It’s there in her immensely poignant lyrics, which are set against dazzling, melodic folk/pop arrangements. And it’s there in the singer/songwriter’s electrifying live shows which simultaneously inspire profound emotion in listeners while cracking them up with sparkling anecdotes. If she isn’t breaking your heart, she’s splitting your sides.
Her emotive third album, Benefit of the Doubt, won the 2017 MusicNL Video of the Year Award. Each song on the album soars on Loder’s skilful piano, guitar and especially on her radiantly soulful voice.
Kellie is also fast-emerging as a sought-after songwriter, both at home and abroad. Her collaborators include Justin Gray, Ari Rhodes and acclaimed fellow Newfoundlanders Damhnait Doyle and Jerry Stamp. Anyone who has heard Kellie or watched her perform knows one thing is certain: she is a towering talent about to explode on the world stage!
July 11 – Crooked Stovepipe (5-piece bluegrass group)
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 as well as 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 (mandolin), Matt Hender (bass) and Carole Bestvater (fiddle) round out the band.
“…one of the finest bluegrass bands in Atlantic Canada”. (Fred’s Records)
July 25 – Sherry Ryan (country singer/songwriter)
Country/ blues singer Sherry Ryan has been writing heart-stealing songs for over a decade. Her fourth album, Wreckhouse, is named for Sherry’s gem of a song ‘Stop The Trains’ written with her father about working in the infamous Wreckhouse, Newfoundland where the winds are so high they were known to blow trains right of the track. Stop The Trains is quickly rising to the top with the best of Newfoundland’s legendary songs. Sherry has earned nation-wide attention, extensive radio play and several music awards and nominations.
It’s not hard to understand why Sherry has devoted fans. Her songwriting and live performances are down to earth and honest and at the very core is her rich vocal style described as so good – so distinct – it absolutely unforgettable. – Exclaim! magazine
August 1 – Ian Foster (contemporary singer/songwriter)
Ian Foster, native of Newfoundland, Canada, is a storyteller. That music is the way he tells those stories only makes the telling richer still. Modern folk wrapped in Canadiana, Ian’s writing style belies a love of history, home and the humble tale. CBC’s Bob Mersereau described him as being “a fine example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing.”
Often likened to Canadian songwriting icon Bruce Cockburn in both writing and guitar style, and artists like Daniel Lanois for his atmospheric approach to sound, Ian’s music has been described as thoughtful, introspective, cinematic, hopeful, atmospheric, and cathartic by critics and fans alike. He has numerous awards, nominations and co-writes to his credit, including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year nominations, Lyric finalist for the International Songwriting Competition (Nashville, TN), and a co-write with Canadian songwriting legend Ron Hynes.
August 15 – Ron Kelly (traditional folk singer/songwriter)
From Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island, Ron has been entertaining audiences from an early age. His unique voice, together with his self-taught guitar style, portray the story in folk songs from various countries.
Ron is well known for his traditional band, ‘Middle Tickle’, with whom he recorded the hit song, ‘Joe Batt’s Arm Longliners’. In recent years, he has recorded a solo album which offers such favourites as ‘Home’.
A talent you won’t forget!
August 29 – Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll (traditional fiddle duo)
Two of Britain’s finest fiddle-players join forces to form this fabulous duo with an innovative take on English traditional music and song. Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll are highly-respected musicians, composers and workshop leaders based in North Devon. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal, and in the years since have worked with some of the leading lights of the English folk scene, always pushing the boundaries and developing new and inventive music.
“folk music at its best” – The Living Tradition
Their unique style is born out of a passion for traditional music, the interplay between the two violins, and a keen sense of place and time. Becki’s melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick’s driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound, delivered alongside anecdotes of their musical adventures.
“…lovely, inventive playing” – fRoots
Reservations and Tickets
Adults: $20 at the door or in advance
Youth: $10 at the door or in advance
Children under 12 years: free (must be accompanied by an adult)
For more reservations and information about the music series, phone 709-670-3377.