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Joe Grizzly lets the good times roar on the band's new album

The four members of Joe Grizzly share a deep love of blues, rock and jazz music, an interest in making music videos, and the same deadpan sense of humour. 
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For his new trio, Florian Hoefner puts jazz hands into some old tunes

St. John's pianist Florian Hoefner recruited two Toronto veterans for a new jazz trio, and dipped deeply into sources of traditional music for inspiration.
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'I consider myself a one-woman orchestra,' says flutist Rozalind MacPhail

The St. John's musician combines her passion for electronic music, ambient sound, flute and singing into an unforgettable musical experience.
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Rachel Cousins makes the shift to dance-pop in her sophomore EP

At 18 years, Rachel Cousins has released her second EP, with a move from from a folk-rock style to a more refined pop sound.
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How the one-man band Hullo got started by tinkering with a synthesizer

When Nick Bendzsa creates mellow, dreamy synth-pop music under his stage name, Hullo, he thinks of himself as a seven-piece band.  
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Larry Foley of the Punters is 'foolish enough to stay at it'

When the Punters formed as a band 25 years ago, lead singer and guitarist Larry Foley would never have dreamed that he'd have a long-term career as a musician.
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On Bridget and Dahlia's album Runaways, west meets east

Corner Brook's Bridget and Dahlia finally got around to making their debut album, Runaways, when they met St. John's based singer/songwriter Steve Maloney.
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Chris Kirby finally gets around to producing his own album

Chris Kirby didn't mean to take seven years to release his latest album, What Goes Around, but his music producer's brain kept getting in the way.
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Heather Bambrick is in a Fine State with her latest album of vocal jazz

Heather Bambrick's latest album is all about jazz interpretations of her favourite songs — from Newfoundland, Broadway and Burton Cummings.
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Trad musician Rosemary Lawton goes into the unknown for Untamed

The fiddle player had a mission in mind when she searched for traditional Newfoundland songs to record for her new album, Untamed: find songs about empowering women.
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'St. John's is our oasis,' says cellist and recording artist Ofra Harnoy

Internationally acclaimed cellist Ofra Harnoy is returning to her recording career with an album made in St. John's.
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Inuk soprano embraces all the things that make her who she is

The latest album by Deantha Edmunds embraces her Inuit heritage and her love of classical music.
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David Picco came back from away and can't stop writing songs

Musician David Picco decided to return to St. John's and step away from being a full-time musician. Instead, he found himself writing more songs than ever.
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Musician and fisheries officer keeps loneliness at bay with music

Jared Waterman took up playing the guitar and writing songs when he moved to northern Labrador to take a job as a fisheries officer.
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Damhnait Doyle says she finally sounds like herself

Damhnait Doyle feels that her latest album, Liquor Store Flowers, is a representation of the music she loves.
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What do Paige Penney of St. John's and Taylor Swift have in common? Their debut albums

When 14-year old Paige Penney of St. John’s decided to record Watch Out For Your Step, her first album of original songs, she decided to think big and record it in Nashville.
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Roger Howse plays the 21st Century Blues

Roger Howse’s sixth album, 21st Century Blues, is his way of reaching out to fans that he doesn’t see much anymore.
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Trad band Tarahan's tunes are all about the tales

The five members of Tarahan have played their blend of Newfoundland and Celtic music together for about 15 years and 600 shows.
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Performing music is what Lewisporte teen Cassidy Rich 'wants to do forever'

Cassidy Rich of Lewisporte has a lot on her mind — refining her voice as a songwriter, booking some summer gigs to promote her new album, and getting good marks on her high school exams.
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Lo Siento is feeling the creative vibe in St. John's

The road that led to the formation of Spanish language punk band Lo Siento went from Buenos Aires to Winnipeg before winding up in St. John's.
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Eastern Owl's Qama'si: A call to action

The members of Eastern Owl say their second album, Qama’si, which in the Mi’kmaq language means 'stand up,' is a call to action.  
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Have a keyboard and computer? It Could Be Franky

The album "has opened up a whole other world of music to me," says Danielle Hamel, who uses Franky as a stage name for her electronic music projects.
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Singer-songwriter Steven Bowers reconnects with his musical Newfoundland roots

Steven Bowers built his musical career in Nova Scotia and western Canada, but now feels like he needs to make more music in his childhood home of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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RPM Challenge 2019 creates 'beautiful, amazing music,' says organizer Elling Lien

Elling Lien of Unpossible NL is listening his way through a pile of brand new music made in Newfoundland and Labrador last month as part of this year's RPM Challenge.
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Dealing with loss, singer/songwriter Selina Boland goes into The Cold

Singer-songwriter Selina Boland has had a rough time dealing with the death of her mother, the musician Laverne Squires, and Boland's new album is a way for her to work through this chapter of her life.
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Paul Brace thought he might not live to tell you about his solo album

Paul Brace recorded his ECMA-nominated album Liars and Actors while undergoing aggressive cancer treatment in 2018.
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Trad band Rum Ragged's good times with The Hard Times

Rum Ragged’s new album is called The Hard Times, but the current times for the band are anything but.
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Clarinetist Christine Carter tees up interest in classical chamber music

Clarinetist Christine Carter's research on musical interest techniques is striking a chord with some unlikely fans — professional golfers.
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Mark Hiscock squeezes out a new beat with his solo album

Mark Hiscock, Shanneyganock's multi-instrumentalist, explores the laid back sound of Newfoundland country on his new solo album, The Old Fishing Schooner.
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Why Peter Willie Youngtree's obsession with death helps him appreciate life

Peter Willie Youngtree and the Blooms’ new album, Musical Chairs, is an unusual blend of high-energy roots country and rock and roll, and lyrics that explore, well, death.
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Christmas is just starting for N.L.'s favourite Ukrainian band, the Kubasonics

While the Christmas season is winding down for most people in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s just getting started for the members of the Kubasonics.

Fretboard Journey brings us their Christmas Picks

The members of Newfoundland and Labrador guitar supergroup Fretboard Journey are digging into their expansive repertoire of Christmas music to bring us their favourite songs.
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For Placentia musician Steve Haley, Sackville, N.B., is the 'perfect junction'

Musician and Placentia native Steve Haley says Sackville, N.B., is an ideal location for musicians and artists.
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Michael Hanrahan, veteran side musician, steps up to the centre mic

Michael Hanrahan has been a key part of the trad and bar band scene in St. John's even before he was legally allowed to be in the places where he played.
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Musician Kate Lahey — aka Weary — is Feeling Things

Kate Lahey, who records under the band name Weary, says music is just one way she expresses her creativity and connection with community.
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After four decades making music, Rawlins Cross is Rock Steady

The Celtic rock band Rawlins Cross has settled into a comfortable groove of playing a few gigs every year, but recently, says guitarist and mandolin player Dave Panting, the band has picked up the tempo.
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Have a drop of Rum Ragged at Christmas

All four members of N.L. trad band Rum Ragged say they have one thing in common - when they were growing up, music was always on the go in their homes during Christmas.