Vinland Online Concerts 2020

Vinland Online Concerts 2020

Vinland Online Concerts will be streamed on YouTube Wednesday evenings beginning at 8:00PM on August 5, 2020. All registrants will be sent a URL before each concert and will be able to post comments during the performances. The performers will also be assisting with some of our online workshops.

Alan Ricketts (August 5, 2020)

Allan Ricketts is a native of Torbay, Newfoundland, now living in the Woodstock area of New Brunswick. Allan is a traditional musician, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with his primary instruments being the octave mandolin, tenor banjo, button accordion and the pedal steel. He has performed at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, 2009 Stan Rogers Folk Festival and the Aloy O’Brien Tribute Concert. In 2010 and 2012, Allan performed at the Festival of the Sea in South East Ireland. Allan was one of four artists to represent the Province as part of the National Artist Program during the 2005 Canada Summer Games.

Rosemary Lawton (August 12, 2020)

Rosemary Lawton is an award-winning Newfoundland singer and musician, with training in classical violin and a degree in music education. She is a passionate advocate of women’s issues and champions the advancement of women in the music industry through her work. Rosemary is helping to preserve Newfoundland’s rich tradition by collecting, recording, and performing Newfoundland traditional music. Her music is a hybrid of the classical and traditional genres. 

Rosemary Lawton is an award-winning Newfoundland singer and musician, with training in classical violin and a degree in music education. She is a passionate advocate of women’s issues and champions the advancement of women in the music industry through her work. Rosemary is helping to preserve Newfoundland’s rich tradition by collecting, recording, and performing Newfoundland traditional music. Her music is a hybrid of the classical and traditional genres. 

With her new albums “Untamed,” “Fierce,” and her song book “Resilience,” Rosemary explores traditional Newfoundland and Labrador songs that focus on tales of empowering women. 

Carole Bestvater and Markus Räsänen (August 19, 2020)

Equally fuelled by each other’s impulses, Carole Bestvater and Markus Räsänen and highlight the playful and emotive qualities in each other’s musical style. Weaving original compositions with folk music from a diversity of traditions, this violin and accordion duo combine a respect for traditional music with a curiosity to try things in a new way. Carole and Markus met at the Folk at Heart Festival in Örebro, Sweden. After performing together and sharing music throughout the festival weekend, they decided to form a duo. 

Carole is a freestyle fiddle player/violinist based in St. John’s, NL, Canada. She is equally at home playing a wide diversity of genres, and is at her happiest when she’s absorbing a variety of different kinds of music. She maintains a full schedule as a performer and educator, sharing her joy of music making with those around her. 

Markus is an accordionist based in Järvsö, Sweden. The old fiddlers of Finland and Sweden intrigued Markus from the very beginning. The heavy bowings, the grounded connection of nordic folk music and all the swirling polskas created a firm foundation to stand on. He pays great attention to transfer different bowing techniques onto the accordion. Markus has toured extensively throughout Europe, as well as in Canada, US, and Russia as a solo performer, and with many different folk groups. 

Together, Carole and Markus perform folk music from Newfoundland, the Nordic countries, as well as their own compositions. They are also both experienced educators, and strive to share their love of tunes with musicians of all levels and abilities. 

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