Soundbone Summer Music Series 2019
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 19 – Rum Ragged
Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just two years ago, Rum Ragged has garnered respect from a loyal, ever-growing fan base as well as their musical peers. Since Manning and Collis expanded to a four-piece, with Anthony Chafe on bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo, they are now able to deliver the full traditional spectrum in a live context.
From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, they pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. While their pub shows have transformed into festival headlining gigs in a very short span of time, they are a group who are comfortable performing in any venue.
Rum Ragged released their debut album in the summer of 2016, it received widespread attention and acclaim with a MusicNL nominations for “Album of the Year” and a Music NL win for “Folk Roots Recording of the Year” in 2016. The album was also nominated for 2017 ECMA “Roots/Traditional Album of the Year”, the group was awarded MusicNL Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year” in that same year. Their recent 2018 recording “The Hard Times”, has in short time garnered top spot on iTunes Canada charts, award nominations and the coveted #1 spot on Fred’s Record’s wall of top selling records.
Rum Ragged boasts an extensive and consistent touring and show schedule including past shows in Eastern, Central, and Western Canada, Scotland, Trinidad, Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba, United States, and Mexico among others. When they are not on the road Rum Ragged keeps happily busy in their home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hailing from four different outport communities around the island, Rum Ragged now represents the best that this province has to offer in the traditional/folk genre. – Devon Leger (KithFolk Album Review)
July 3 – Shirley Montague (vocals/guitar) with Lou MacDonald (keyboard/vocals)
Originating from one of Canada’s special wild places, Labrador, and presently residing in the midst of one of Canada’s most celebrated national parks, Gros Morne, it is no wonder that Shirley’s writings are filled with nature’s imagery. With a career spanning recordings, television, radio, and live performance, she has reached into the hearts and homes of many. Shirley’s voice has been compared to that of Joan Baez, Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, and she has been praised for her unique guitar styling. She quickly establishes a warm rapport with any audience, sharing stories and anecdotes related to her songs in her own entertaining fashion.
Lou is a powerful entertainer whose energy pulsates throughout his performances. He is adept at piano and guitar and has a voice that can cover any genre. His popular band “The Catch” brought him to venues across the Province and beyond over many years, though these days he is a fixture on various stages with many different artists. Lou is a much sought after as recording engineer and also teaches sound at MUN in Grenfell’s Theatre Program.
Together Shirley and Lou present a mixture of original and familiar material with light-hearted banter and humour often centered around their family connection.
July 17 – Rosemary Lawton (vocals/fiddle) with Armando Follow (guitar)
MusicNL Celtic/Traditional and Female Artist of the Year nominee Rosemary Lawton is an up-and-coming force within the Newfoundland music scene. Her music is a hybrid of both classical and traditional genres. There is a underlying hint of classical influence in her unique arrangements of both traditional songs and her original compositions. Her voice is reminiscent of the high soprano Celtic singing of Ireland but with a punch. She is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist, composer, and actress, working with multiple high caliber talent across the island – such as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the MUN chamber Orchestra, the Celtic Fiddlers – as well as being an artist in her own right.
Rosemary is helping to preserve Newfoundland’s rich tradition by collecting, recording, and performing Newfoundland traditional music.
“Rosemary Lawton may sum up that marriage of traditional meets modern more than any rising artist on the island today. ” — The Newfoundland Herald
July 31 – Adam Baxter
Adam Baxter is a powerhouse of energetic, explosive creativity. With the aggressiveness of a Rock and Roller and the sensibilities of a Folk musician, Adams’ music stretches across multiple genres to provide a compulsive mix of high energy and sweet longing.
His newest album, Domestic, is an atmospheric exploration of relationships and the complexities of life. This album takes a turn from previous projects. Adam steps into a new phase of songwriting, combining his punk, folk, and classical roots into a new and ambitious sound.
August 14 –Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne
Two of Newfoundland’s most respected and multi-award winning performers combine instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to cover a broad spectrum of Newfoundland folk culture, including songs, stories and dance tunes. Their repertoire includes rousing sea shanties and work songs, poignant ballads, comic ditties, folk tales and recitations, as well as playing toe-tapping jigs, reels and polkas on a variety of instruments.
A native of Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, Jim Payne (vocals, accordion, mandola, guitar) is a leading performer, collector and producer of traditional Newfoundland music. He is also one of the province’s most prolific songwriters, as well as being a singer of traditional songs, a storyteller, writer, actor, step dancer and instructor and caller of traditional Newfoundland set and square dances.
Originally from Ireland, Fergus O’Byrne (vocals, 5 string banjo, guitar, bodhran, concertina) became a familiar voice on radio and television as a member of the renowned folk group, Ryan’s Fancy, with whom he recorded 14 albums. Since then, he has followed a busy solo and freelance career, touring throughout the world.
“….two of the best folk musicians on the East Coast.” Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
Cotillion is the name of a four-sided set dance with origins in 18th century Europe. It also describes a new musical collaboration between old friends. Veteran Newfoundland folk musicians Dave Panting, Hugh Scott and Gerry Strong have known each other since the 70s. Among their many other projects, all three are instructors at the annual Vinland Music Camp in Gros Morne. While rooming together in this creative setting, the idea for a new musical effort emerged. This led to the recording of their first album Tinker’s Wagon, recorded in 2018. The group are already in the midst of a second project.
Dave Panting (vocals, mandolin, bass) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer /songwriter, composer and producer. He is a founding member of two influential Atlantic Canadian bands – Figgy Duff and Rawlins Cross. Over four decades he has toured locally and internationally.
Hugh Scott (vocals, guitar) is a fixture in the St. John’s folk music scene. Composer of the well known song Theresa Maria, Hugh is an engaging live performer who combines a polished guitar style with powerful vocals.
Gerry Strong (flute, whistle) is a co-founder of the award-winning Newfoundland Irish ensemble Tickle Harbour. He has toured internationally with Jim Payne, Fergus O’Byrne and Daniel Payne as a member of the folk group A Crowd of Bold Sharemen.
Expect a lively evening of traditional and contemporary ballads, ditties and driving instrumentals from this talented group!
“[Tinker’s Wagon] really encapsulates the ability of Newfoundlanders to be welcoming and friendly to all, while knowing full well who they are and where they come from… There are soulful ballads as well as lightning fast tunes that you might hear in an Irish session. “– Elizabeth Szekeres (Roots Music Canada)
September 11 – The Secrets
Country-folk trio The Secrets, comprised of Newfoundland natives Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten – all three accomplished singers and solo musicians – met in college. They quickly discovered a natural blend to their voices and musical aspirations, traded jigs and reels for whiskey, mandolins and faded jeans, and haven’t looked back. The group launched their trio opening for country music legend Alan Jackson’s Freight Train Tour in 2010, and since 2012 have been taking their music across the country, including stops at Saskatchewan’s Ness Creek Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers International Folk Festival, the World Pride Festival (Toronto), the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and opening three sold out shows for country superstar Tim McGraw at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL.
Citing influences such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Tricia Yearwood, Terri Clark and Patty Loveless, The Secrets built their repertoire on a foundation of classic country hits infused with an impressive, and ever-growing catalogue of country-folk originals. With their gift of voice and seemingly effortless, natural harmony coupled with their individual talent and skill as musicians – Karla on guitar and bass, Terri Lynn on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Renée on guitar, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, bass and more – The Secrets’ fresh delivery of their chosen work is authentic, exciting and thoroughly entertaining for all who see and hear them.
Reservations and Tickets
Adults: $20 at the door or in advance
Youth (13-18): $10 at the door or in advance
Children under 13 years: $5 (must be accompanied by an adult)
For more reservations and information about the music series, phone 709-670-3377.