Newfoundland’s Amelia Curran, a Juno award-winner, has been described by the National Post as “a bit like Leonard Cohen being channeled in a dusty saloon by Patsy Cline.” Her singing and songwriting skills have delighted our audiences in the past and we are thrilled to welcome her back to Writers at Woody Point.
Sherman Downey, a Woody Point favourite, has received multiple awards and increasing international recognition since his debut album, 2009’s Honey for Bees. Sherman and his band will entertain our audiences once again, this time with a not-to-be-missed kick-off party Thursday night at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre.
For more than 30 years, multiple Juno Award winner Stephen Fearing has been performing and penning what critics have called some of the most literate, stirring and emotionally charged “folk” music on this planet. In addition to his work as founding member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, he has released nine solo albums and two with Northern Ireland-born performer Andy White.
Newfoundland singer-songwriter Brianna Gosse's debut album AERA was released in July 2014 and promptly gathered 5 MusicNL nominations and took home Female Artist and Album of the Year. Masterfully produced by Chris Kirby, the album contains 10 new original songs and is loaded with hooks and stellar musicianship.
Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her ethereal voice and strong aesthetic vision have earned her numerous honours, including a JUNO win for her RED release, three prior JUNO nominations, two SILVER DISC AWARDS in Japan, eight Hamilton Music Awards and a host of nominations for the National Jazz Awards, as well as the Canadian and American Indies. All seven of her critically acclaimed self-produced albums have made in it onto numerous TOP 10 jazz lists, including those of Japan's Jazz Critique Magazine, NOW Magazine and The Montreal Mirror and year-end Bestseller lists in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. She has appeared on the covers of NOW Magazine, VIEW, InRetro etc. She was one of four vocalists selected worldwide to perform in France at Jazz à Juan Révélations where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public. Her latest release I Believe in Little Things is an album for children and the young at heart. It went to #1 on iTunes, Amazon (US and Canada) and Books.com (Taiwan), debuting at #8 on the US Billboard Jazz chart and # 11 on the Billboard Kids Chart simultaneously.
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Always a crowd pleaser, master blues singer and guitarist Shane Murphy has entertained our audiences for several years now. Recipient of a Lys Blues Awards in Quebec, he will demonstrate his versatility once again at the Royal Canadian Legion during Writers at Woody Point. Not to be missed!
Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne
Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne have been staples of the Irish-Newfoundland traditional music scene for many years. Besides their extensive work as a duo, both have performed with groups (Ryan’s Fancy, A Crowd of Bold Sharemen) as well as collaborating with numerous artists throughout the province. They are appearing for the first time as a duo at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre.
Ron Sexsmith is an Ontario-based veteran Juno Award-winning singer-songriter. Since 1985, he has released numerous albums including 2015’s Carousel One. He is internationally renowned and appreciated and his songs have been covered by such artists as Elvis Costello, Feist, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris, Rod Stewart, amomg many others.
Gros Morne Summer Music
The musicians who make up Gros Morne Summer Music have been part of our program for years, and their scope and repertoire continue to grow. We are delighted once again to welcome back David Maggs and Diederik van Dijk and their talented ensemble of classical musicians for what promises to be another outstanding performance at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre.