Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record what was supposed to be a one-off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. Since then, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America and remain one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.
Janet Cull is one of Newfoundland’s most prolific local artists. Her most recent album Real Tough Love was released in 2016 to great acclaim, and has already garnered her several awards and accolades. She has most recently received 3 MusicNL awards: FACTOR Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Pop/Rock Artist of the Year.
Photo by Chris Ledrew
From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, Rum Ragged, pays homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. Their self-titled debut album in 2016 garnered widespread attention and acclaim with two Music NL nominations for Album of the Year and Folk Roots Recording.
Photo Chris Ledrew
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!
The Burning Hell
The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom. Musically, the lineup and sound of The Burning Hell has been ever-changing, running the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll. No two records sound alike as the band continues to adapt to its changing surroundings.
Photo by Angus Rowe MacPherson
As a singer, storyteller, and archivist, Anita Best has been instrumental in safeguarding Newfoundland's traditional oral culture. Among numerous awards and distinctions, she was invested into the Order of Canada in 2011. Some Songs, her most recent album, was released in April 2018. It is her first collaboration with Sandy Morris.
Earle & Coffin
National award winning bluesmen Nick Earle and Joe Coffin from St. John’s, NL broke onto the scene with their debut album, Live at The Citadel House, a collection of the duo’s favorite blues standards recorded live in concert. They won the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performers of the Year, as well as nominations for 2017 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year, and 2016 MusicNL Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year.
Photo by Alex Stead
Newfoundland the Band
Newfoundland is a traditional/contemporary band from the South East of Ireland. The band came about through a number of two, three and four piece acts who were operating in the area and features five well established musicians both at home and abroad.
Writers at Woody Point’s “Musician-in-Residence”, Sandy Morris, has been a leading player in the province’s music scene for over 40 years. His music is heard weekly on the popular CBC Television series Land and Sea. His latest project, Superpickers, a collaboration with Glen Collins and the late Peter Narvaez, showcases his blues guitar skills on the 2011 CD Blues on the Ceiling.
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 and St. Patrick's Church.