Dave Penny has been a steady presence on the local folk scene as a composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been a key figure in resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland recitations, along the way contributing popular pieces like Johnny Chrome and A Townie Courted a Bayman’s Daughter to the local folk repertoire.
Dave’s second and most recent recording—All Turned Around—was nominated for a 2017 MusicNL award for Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year and a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year. The album promises to further strengthen his position as one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most fun and diverse entertainers, with its razor-sharp commentary on songs like Chase The Ace and #darkNL, and its driving accordion tunes.
“Much of Penny’s work is infused with themes and idioms particular to Newfoundland and Labrador…like most excellent songwriters, he manages to find the universal elements of those localized experiences.” Jean Hewson, Penguin Eggs Magazine
Ian Foster Thursday, July 19th, 2018
"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.
His 2017 release Sleeper Years marks several years’ artistic growth for the artist. In the years since his last album, The Great Wave, Foster has toured internationally, produced critically acclaimed and award winning albums for artists like Kat McLevey and Melanie O’Brien, and has toured with his second short film, Keystone,which was called one of the top ten short films of the year by the Calgary International Film Festival. The results take shape on the new album, with bold new material like Killing Frost alongside cinematic pieces like Our Love Was. Even primarily acoustic songs like Feels Like It Wants To Rain and Postcards are made lush with the presence of organs, strings, piano and subtle soundscape that strive only to serve the song. Ian has toured in Canada, the U.S, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, and Italy, and has had his music played on radio internationally. With the release of Sleeper Years, he will return to all these places. He has performed his music for audiences of all ages, from school workshops to seniors’ homes, festivals in Canada, U.S., and Italy to soft seat theatres, churches, pubs and house concerts: the constant has been connection with the audience.
Ian continues to wear many musical hats: touring songwriter, music producer, film director, writer, and composer. All of these different facets come together on Sleeper Years like never before." ~ianfoster.ca
Melanie O'Brien Sunday, July 29th 2018
"Imagine a team of scientists spliced the DNA of Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile and created a dramatic fiery haired chanteuse who could make you laugh and cry all in the same song. That would be Melanie O’Brien.
The St. John’s singer, songwriter and theatre performer trained at Sheridan College in Ontario where she studied performance and honed her dramatic smoky voice and also began songwriting. In just her second year at the school Melanie was awarded the Prime time radio scholarship for outstanding achievement in commercial performance.
After graduating with Honours, Melanie returned home to St. John’s and quickly cemented herself in the local music and theatre scenes performing gigs both solo and as part of her stylized duo group, The Duds (with Philip Goodridge). In 2015 Melanie was awarded the Artist Development grant from MusicNL to record her debut album of original music. Melanie released her first record; Shining in the Blue (produced by award-winning musician and producer Ian Foster) this past November. Her music is uplifting and haunting at the same time. Her voice is sweet yet edgy with an impressive range and rock element. Melanie recently garnered three MusicNL nominations, Female Artist of the Year, Rising Star Award and she took home the Music Educator of the Year award. Melanie is currently writing and developing music for her next album. Stay tuned!" ~
Mayhemingways Tuesday, August 28th 2018
"Mayhemingways emerge within a region ripe with musical reputation in Ontario Canada. Benj Rowland executes lead vocals and employs a mixed bag of folk instruments like banjo, mandolin, accordion, and acoustic guitar. Josh Fewings anchors the tunes on the drums and elevates the melody with harmony vocals. They are a strong musical duo that converges with “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk” (Tom Wilson, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond).
Mayhemingways have experienced a full and fulfilling five years to bring them to present day. The duo released their first EP engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke, The Weber Brothers) in 2013, and followed it up with a full length “Hunter St Blues” produced and engineered by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). They have voyaged across Canada and back again, and again, and set off for Europe gathering touring miles adding up to more than 600 shows together. Their most recent tour was with acclaimed Canadian rock figure Joel Plaskett and his father Bill on their “Solidarity” release tour which had the Mayhemingways employed as opening act, as well as backing band for the Plaskett's each night.
The duo returned to Steve Loree’s Nanton, Alberta studio during a welcome February Chinook in 2017 to have him produce a new collection of their brand of folk songs. The new album “Skip Land” will be released February 23rd, 2018.
The opening and title track of “Skip Land” plays out like a soundtrack to a drive along the Otonabee River on a humid summers day. Fuzzy highway radio-dial stations coming in and out below a mid-tempo snare drum march and a claw hand banjo line weaving together to guide the listener down the road.
East coast folk reels imagining Canadian highways and the mornings after kitchen party’s (Frances The Truck Driver, Troubles in The Basement), and dark floating folk dirges ruminating on memory and everyday scenes from the life of a newborn (Bad Old Days, The Baby) make up the first half of this rich collection of tunes. The songs continue with up-tempo winter tinged vocal narratives about staying put due to the cold outside, and another snare drum anchored instrumental that feels like a cold march from one pub to another on the East Coast waterfront (Haybales, 14th of January). Deeper down the track list, Better Of You evokes what might be the perfect soundtrack for tracing a journey from the zydeco influenced bayou of Louisiana north east to the Blueridge Mountains of Tennessee that seem to become visible within the sound of the trad banjo picking in Hillbilly Heroin. The duo concludes the album with lush and layered harmonies on the mid-tempo folk rocker Into The Ground. On this last track, The Mayhemingways impart sobering commentary on listeners that we should expect some things to break down, as they’ve only got so many trips around the sun; things like tube amps, gasoline vans, and as bleak as it is true, our bodies.
“Skip Land” places The Mayhemingways firmly in line with the heritage of their home town of Peterborough; dark folk drenched melodies delivered with an electricity and veneer that shimmers within the space between the duo." ~ https://mayhemingways.wordpress.com/
Norton's Cove Café hosts live music performances about once a month. Here's a lowdown on what to expect when you show up for an event:
First and foremost, the best professional musicians our province (and beyond) have to offer.
We have 33 premium seats available, and yes, you can reserve your favourite seats for performances by calling the café at 709.536.2633
The kitchen closes with regular service at 8pm, but we do serve drinks, desserts, chippies and nachos after regular hours.
Tickets cost $15 in advance, all ticket money going directly to the artist. Early bird pricing lasts until 1 week before the show. Last minute tickets are $20 each.
When purchasing your tickets online, you can pick them up at the venue anytime, including the day of the event.