Band Bios 2016

Some Swell

dsc_0802favSome Swell, created in the spring of 2016, includes Neil Rosenberg (banjo, guitar and vocals), Terri Thomson Rosenberg (fiddle, guitar and vocals), and Lionel Clarke (bass, harmonica). The Rosenbergs have been playing together since 1998, when they met in the Bannerman Park Band. They have performed as Terri and Neil at bluegrass, country and folk venues in Newfoundland, USA and Europe. In 2011 they began working with The Mummers and The Paupers, a musical theatre troupe, and there met and began playing with Lionel Clarke. Some Swell presents a combination of old standards, new favorites, and a few new compositions — all with bluegrass and old-time style picking and singing.

Rural Roots

ruralrootsRural Roots first showcased at the Jamboree in 2007 and was a resounding success. They have taken part in almost every jamboree since, missing only 2013. This young, enthusiastic band whose members all grew up with musical backgrounds in rural Newfoundland, consists of Tyler Russell on mandolin, Robert Russell on banjo, Justin Russell on fiddle, and Adam Greening on bass. All members take part in lead vocals and harmony.

The Crazy Hearts

crazyheartsThe Crazy Hearts are an authentic Hank Williams tribute band. Formed in March 2015 from some of the top musicians in St. John’s, the band interprets Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys’ classic sound with their own distinctive style. Adrian House leads the band along with Dave Rowe, Carole Bestvader, and Darren Browne. With their energetic, lively sound, The Crazy Hearts are guaranteed to entertain young and old alike.

The Pennell Brothers with Newfound Appalacia

apalachiaThis group is comprised of Don & Ern Pennell, Dave Kiell, Gerry Tilley, and Frank Davis, musicians who have been performing for years on the local music scene. “Newfound Appalacia” tie the roots of bluegrass music from the southern Appalacians to Newfoundland and Labrador where the Appalacians end. Ern and Don have been singing and playing for audiences from church halls to the Eastport Theatre, to the Arts and Culture Center for many years. Frank Davis, on mandolin and vocals, and Dave Kiell, on banjo, have played previously at the Jamboree as Eastwind with Jimmy Linegar. Gerry Tilley, on bass and vocals, is active in the music of his church. He is accomplished on bass, guitar, and as a vocalist.

The Midnight Riders

MRiders+Eddi_cutout.pngWhen four lead singers and multi instrumentalists come together after knowing each other for many years, you get massive harmonies, humour and a musical magic. After collaborating for many years, they added female singer and musician Eddi Kenny. Their love of many different styles of music creates a diverse sound from Earl Scruggs to Rhonda Vincent. Founding members are Perry Budden, Perry Langmead, Ed Mackey and Chris Thorne.

Flower Hill

flowerhillFive seasoned musicians from St. John’s have combined their talents in this Bluegrass & Old Time Country band. Andrea Monro (banjo and vocals), Sherry Ryan (guitar and vocals), Darren Browne (mandolin and vocals), Dave Rowe (Bull Fiddle), and Maria Cherwick (fiddle) demonstrate a vast array of musical styling, all bringing their own influences to the group and finding happy common ground in the music of Dolly Parton, Bill Monroe, Claire Lynch and Bobby Charles (to name a few). Flower Hill has enjoyed playing many shows, including at the LSPU hall, The Two Whales in Port Rexton, Chucky’s in Happy Adventure, The NL Bluegrass and Oldtime Country Music Jamboree as well as many other local and provincial venues. This summer has been very exciting for the band, with bookings at The Beaches Heritage Centre, The Two Whales, Roots Rants and Roars and invitations to perform out of province. We hope to see you out and about for some great music and fun!

Ryman Country

rymanClayton and Molly Kennedy have played country music for many years in bands around the eastern Avalon area on the weekend club circuit. As Ryman Country with Molly doing lead, vocals, and bass, Clayton on lead guitar and vocals, Bill Spurvey on rhythm guitar/vocals and Glen Noonan on mandolin/guitar and vocals they do a great variety of old-time country, bluegrass, and gospel tunes. They have performed at local events, festivals, and concerts, including many BOTCM society jamborees and are well received by audiences all over the area. All are active in local efforts to promote and revive old-time country and bluegrass music.

Crooked Stovepipe

crookedstovepipeCrooked Stovepipe, based in St. John’s, has been playing bluegrass and traditional music since 1973. They’ve been featured at the Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival, Canada’s first and longest-running bluegrass festival, the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in Stony Plain, Alberta, and the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival in PEI. They’ve been one of the headline bands at the Bluegrass and Old-Time Country music jamboree, Newfoundland’s first festival featuring bluegrass music, since its beginning in 2005. Members are Ted Rowe, Neil Rosenberg, Dave Rowe, Matt Hender, and Carol Bestvater.

Gypsy Water

07e889_fc4623141d5a460c896122591601916cGypsy Water is a singer-songwriter duo known for their eclectic personal style of musicianship and have welcomed many genres into their expanding repertoire of songs. Eddi Kenny and Heather Rowe use tight harmonic blends and varied instruments to bring a unique style loved by all audiences. Both gals have travelled internationally and take every opportunity to jam with well-known local artists. Their love of music is evident from the very first note of each performance they play. Two wonderful musicians Caroline Clarke and Maile Laidlaw will be joining Gypsy Water for the jamboree.


scalliwagScalliwag is a family band from Sunnyside, NL. Consisting of a father, mother, two sisters, and two brothers from the Smith family, they play a variety of bluegrass, gospel, and irish-newfoundland music and are well-known for their harmony arrangements. They have two CDs on the NL music scene: a 2006 gospel CD, “On the Sunnyside”, and a 2009 bluegrass CD, “Beneath the Willow”; selections from both CDs have been played by radio stations throughout the province. They are one of only two bands to have played at every Jamboree since the show began in 2005.

Sunny Ridge

sunnyridgeSunny Ridge consists of Eugene Castella, Quince Collins, Len Collins, and Bob Guy. Eugene has been a long time player singing country, gospel, and folk music and plays lead guitar. Quince, on mandolin, has played with various bands for a number of years. Len, on bass, has been a musician for many years playing both guitar and bass. Bob, on rhythm guitar, has been playing music since the 1950s, mostly as a solo artist. All members take turns singing lead and harmonies with the group.

A Blue Hue

bluehueA Blue Hue is a newly formed band from Eastern Newfoundland. Leeland Wareham, Chess March, and Merrill Rogers, all founding members of the band Albedo, are well-known around the Newfoundland Bluegrass scene for their fine musicianship and tight vocal arrangements. Featuring a mix of classic bluegrass standards and some mainstream “Newgrass” music, A Blue Hue is sure to have something that everyone can enjoy.