Some of the best arranged by instrument or voice
This list is not comprehensive. It originally started as a
sort of a personal "top ten" list for each category but
really all of these are so talented that there may be very
little difference between some separated by several places.
Also some are continually improving, so don't use this list
as a hard and fast indication of ranking. They are just
lists of some good players I have heard live and/or on
recording. There is some overlap between this page and
the Musical Artists page. I will probably divide this into
subpages for each instrument eventually.
Note that you too can contribute your own ranked lists
to me and I will list your lists on separate page(s)
linked to from this one or in parallel with this page,
and will list you in the list of contributors. Also
note that some I have not heard yet but have heard
are good I may list at the bottom of lists below
but that does not mean I consider them not as good
as some listed higher, just that I have not heard
them yet. Generally I give elders a slight bias,
I guess women a slight bias in voice since I like
women's voices better, and those I have heard
more often a slight bias.
Some of the best button accordion players, now
that ace accordionists Minnie White and
Harry Hibbs have died, are:
there are a few other rising young stars including some young women who
are or have been in the Fogo Island Accordion Group and one
very good fellow I heard at the Buttons and Bows showcase in 1996.
I stupidly requested Wild Rover and he did the much faster
In the Mood, which is the same tune (he may have been named Harold
but I'm not sure). However note that an older,
slower tune for Wild Roving can be found on The House Band (one of
those bands that are great on recording and just go into
overdrive live) recording
entitled Word of Mouth.
Graham Wells -- ex-of A Crowd of Bold Sharemen,
also whiztle, bodhran, voice, is the host of some sessions,
plays a mix of Newfoundland tunes and
Irish session tunes, including
some that have been in Newfoundland a
long time. While he was in A Crowd of Bold Sharemen he
learned a few more that have a long
tradition and in some cases origin in Newfoundland.
He has a CD out which
includes some Newfoundland tunes including some with
roots, as his family does, in the Battery. He started the
Feile Seamus Creagh.
Frank Maher -- ex-of Figgy Duff, ex-of Plankerdown, also plays harmonica,
is in The Auntie Crae Band, which hosts a session
Tuesdays at lunchtime
at The Rocket Bakery on Water Street, and
plays single row button accordions
Art Stoyles -- English, nautical-tinged celtic, Portuguese styles, more,
plays triple row button accordions.
Geoff Butler -- ex-of Figgy Duff, fiery, projective live presence, but is I think
now living in Manitoba, also plays flute and I think concertina.
Bernard Felix -- plays with bass player Ron Formangier. From Port au Port, plays
some Breton influenced tunes, and all kinds, has recovered amazingly well
from an accident which cost him some fingers. He is
Emile Benoit's nephew.
Stan Pickett -- (from Fair Island, Bonavista Bay originally but now
lives in the St. John's area most of the year, is in The Auntie
Crae Band, and also
plays solo and/or with his daughters, and with friends as Stan Pickett and friends,
and sometimes as Fair Island,
does a mix of traditional Newfoundland tunes, tunes learned
from recordings, and some original compositions)
Vince Collins (I think from Placentia), has one CD out
entitled I think Lifting Out the Stove.
Mark Hiscock, of Shanneyganock (shines at Erin's)
Aaron Collis (of The Dardanelles)
Geoff Panting -- of the band Rawlins Cross, also plays piano accordion.
Ed Didham -- from Colinet, but plays St. John's occasionally.
Wilf Doyle of Conception Harbour, Conception Bay Central
Baxter Wareham -- of band Bristol's Hope, from Placentia Bay,
also plays solo, also plays guitar, ugly stick, voice
(songs and stories)
Phonse Littlejohn -- single row, whale music, from Bell Island.
Cory Clarke (plays accordion, bodhran, guitar and vocals, formerly of
A Crowd of Bold Sharemen, now in Australian band
Daniel Payne (of A Crowd of Bold Sharemen)
Billy Sutton (hosts traditional sessions at Erin's Pub)
Renee Batten (of The Secrets)
Bob Hallett (of Great Big Sea, haven't heard live since 1995 [or maybe the Millenium show on the waterfront] in
Vancouver at The Town Pump except maybe at one session but he wasn't
playing accordion then))
Dave Penny (offers lessons I think, and
sings funny songs and does recitations)
Ray Johnson (of
Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers, I have heard
them live only once at The George Street Festival)
Paddy Mackey (also plays bodhran well)
Ray Walsh, piano accordion
Joe Tompkins (of The Sons of Erin) piano accordion
Justin Martin (an Accordion Idol, who plays a Sunday matinee at Erin's)
Phil Badcock (Jim Fidler's half brother)
The Ennis sisters'
father, from a TV clip, is quite good
Bob Rutherford (Bannerman Park Band second accordion)
- Alan Ricketts (21-year old player with great potential, sometimes sings
and plays at the same time in Harry Hibbs tradition)
Allan Bambury (he has been highly recommended to me and
I may move him up on this list after I hear him)
Johnny Howe (has moved away)
Jim Payne -- single row, also concertina, guitar, voice,
and teaches accordion (easy credit?) at MUN
Ed Trimblett -- from The Southern Avalon, haven't heard in a while
Larry Foley (The Punters, initiated by Frank Maher, also
plays mandolin, guitar, and sings)
Gary Stanley -- from St. John's area, haven't heard in a while
Geoff St. Croix --- young up and comer now living in Mount Pearl,
grew up in Labrador, has Salmonier Line roots.
- Gerard Walsh
Also there are
some good concertina players, the best are Fergus O'Byrne and
Kelly Russell and Fergus Brown-O'Byrne and Duncan Cameron.
Some of the best fiddle players in Newfoundland, now that
Emile Benoit and Rufus Guinchard have passed away:
and there are lots of up-and-comer students of Christina and Kelly,
some of whom go to young people's sessions (see the session list).
Also Irish fiddler Seamus Creagh, who died a while ago, spent
five years here and recorded a CD called Came the Dawn with
some Newfoundland musicians, and was an honourary Newfoundlander
in my opinion
and ranked up there with Kelly and Christina. He and
other Irish musicians and Newfoundland musicians did
a Cd called From Island to Island which is pretty good.
Kelly Russell (also plays many other instruments),
recorded with Payne, Guinchard, Figgy Duff, Plankerdown
also did a Christmas tape, on which he played 12 instruments,
has been with Kelly Russell & The Planks and
The Irish Descendants, and teaches.
backed up Emile on Vive le Rose, has a solo CD
plus one out now with Jean Hewson, and also teachs (Suzuki)
and also plays cello. She and Jean (guitar, voice) often play as a duo or
sometimes in a foursome called Maher's Bahers with Frank Maher (four stop)
and Rick West (bodhran and some guitar).
Patrick Moran of The Irish Descendants, ex-of
The Punters, ex-of Tickle Harbour,
Jeezus Murphy (who rarely play)
and The Eight Track Favourites (and I heard him in
Crooked Stovepipe recently too).
Colin Carrigan (who also plays mandolin and makes instruments)
who is now living away.
Danette Eddy (was in Acushla, and in Danette Eddy Band and
also The Dogberries and often plays with
versatile guitarist Duane Andrews. She has
has two or three solo recordings out
and just finished a Master's in ethnomusicology in Ireland,
I think Limerick, and now lives in Ireland.)
Angela Pickett (of Fair Island, and is Stan Pickett's daughter) has
both that Newfoundland fire at times (the wail at the moon sort of edge
that Emile Benoit had) and also classical training on a motorcycle. :-)
[Suzuki] and has played with John McDermott. She plays both violin and
viola, and has a Master's from Julliard in New York.
Jaymie Snyder (ex-Wonderful Grand Band, now in Ontario, folk-rocker)
Glenn Hiscock (of Connemara, who also plays mandolin and bouzouki
and sings well)
Tatsu Oki (come-from-away Asian Irish fiddler, very good, including
on slow airs, and often plays Folk Night open mic).
Serguei Tchepournov (Russian Roma fiddler and healer, sometimes played with
Pamela Morgan, is away now)
Joe Aucoin, from the Codroy Valley on the west coast of Newfoundland,
plays more in a Scottish style than others on this list.
Bob O'Donovan, originally from Cork,
used to live in Kelligrews, Newfoundland and who travels
a lot, or used to (may be in Florida now?)
Daniel Payne (of A Crowd of Bold Sharemen)
Emilia Bartellas (of The Dardanelles)
Charlotte Anne Malischewski
Bob Hallett (of Great Big Sea, keeps improving but I haven't
heard him live since the millenium New Year's Eve show; oops maybe he
was at one session but playing bouzouki or mandolin and
Duncan Cameron (now back in Ontario I think)
Greg Walsh (of The Walsh Family Band and The Masterless Men.)
Darcy Broderick ex-of Irish Descendants, ex-of The Fables, now
in Middle Tickle plus he has a solo CD out;
my (father's) fiddle roots are sort of in between his and Bob O'Donovan's
I think. And there is not much difference between the last
bunch on this list for sure.
Chris Anstey is another young up-and-comer, with a
slightly Italian-tinged celtic sound to his fiddle. As of
2006 he is 25 years old and is now First Violin with
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Phil Badcock (Jim Fidler's half brother, also very good
on button accordion and bodhran so if he has improved
since the last time I heard him live close to eight
years ago he could be a world class player on all
three by now, and at around age 20 was for his age,
i.e. then he was only slightly behind Graham Wells
on accordion and Graham has improved since
then but I don't know if Phil has)
Duane Andrews (who also plays acoustic guitar very well)
there's a fiddler (Gary?) from Colinet whose name I forget for now
who plays with Ed Didham and impressed me after he warmed up,
so he is one with staying power for the many hour dances, etc.,
Francie Gow (sometimes plays with the Ceilidh Singers)
Ed Hudson can play a variety of styles (and, 2003, has improved
in the last few years)
Terri Thomson (or Thompson) ex-of Bannerman Park Band, also
plays mandolin, plays with Neil Rosenberg often.
Dave Penny (plays more accordion, but some fiddle, plus sings funny
songs like the one about the new mown hay, and the one about
the fellow in the cupboard)
Some musicians sometimes play for a participatory
folk dance session hosted by Ford Elms
(contact NL Folk
Arts Society for details, I'm not sure if
this is still going on). Tonya Kearley
and Kelly Russell may have some dancing on
the go on Bell Island as well.
Some of the best singers of Newfoundland and Labrador
Note that this list is based
on vocal impressions on me only and may be slightly
biased towards women. Also if I took into account
not just voice but also songwriting and instrumental
ability the list would be a bit different and certainly
thus some of my main muses (RonH, JimF, DaveP, etc.) are not near
the top of this voice list but some are. I'll add some
blues (Darrell, Scott, etc.)
and reggae (Derm, Neil, well Jim is already on and does
a powerful version of Redemption Song)
and other names I forgot (Danny, Cherie, GM, Len, Graham,
ChrisA, RonK, Petrina, JillP, SusanG, etc.) soon,
and anyway all on this list are good, sometimes ten in
a row are so close it is hard to order them, below.
Liz Solo (of Lizband and The Black Bags and The Sauce and solo).
Passionate torch-rock, strong but liquid voice buoyed
by seething rock at times, sings ballads at times.
(ex-Figgy Duff, now solo) lusty seabird voice
Damhnait Doyle (pop singer/songwriter, solo or now in Shaye)
Kim Stockwood (country pop, solo or now in Shaye)
Erin Best (Anita's niece, of Rasa)
John Curran (Masterless Men,
sort of Manus Lunny range when he is on)
Anita Best (plays with Pamela Morgan, and solo)
Con O'Brien (Irish Descendants; Rum Devils)
Matthew Byrne (solo and in The Dardanelles).
Chris Andrews of Shanneyganock.
Colleen Power (rootsy original
rock, some french, also in rock band The Sauce)
Geraldine Hollett (of The Once)
Tanya Alexander (was of Shy Mary, folk/blues, really projects well)
Jamie Dart, who moved here from Ontario
Terri Lynn Eddy, powerful country/rock voice
Katie Baggs (of Dead Language and The Wiles)
(who often plays with Christina Smith, lilty
wakeup call cornergirl voice, also in Maher's Bahers)
Toni Greene (of Lost in Paradise, wide range countryjazz voice,
but I haven't heard her in over eight years)
Arthur O'Brien, (of The Navigators,
does a nice Mary Ellen Carter)
the Gravel Pit Campers (blues rock, have broken up) vocalist
Sean Harris is very good.
He is also in El Viento Flamenco
Natalie Noseworthy (singer/songwriter, also songs from
the 20s, 30s and 40s, also Patsy Cline and Marilyn Monroe songs,
also some trad Newfoundland and Irish songs, and some
original songs; was in rock band Potmaster, now is in Live Girlz,
plus sometimes performs in musicals)
Harry Martin (from Labrador, has a smooth voice that once reminded me of Gary Fjellgard and
Gordon Lightfoot, sings of The Big Land [Labrador].)
Lindsay Barr of The Firewires, young rocker with great future I bet.
The Rowdy Stout
lead singer (really rooted and projects
wonderfully) Robert Hynes.
Mark Hiscock of Shanneyganock.
Sally Goddard, wonderful English folk voice, is in the
band Atlantic Union.
Darcy Broderick (was in The Fables; was in early Irish Descendants, now is in Middle Tickle)
Mike Hanrahan, who is in
Connemara and Military Road
and also plays solo and
in a duo with Glen Hiscock, and has two solo CDs out.
(rousing celtic pub folk, reggae, and rock vocals, also
used to be in reggae band Pressure Drop)
(influenced by blues, Tori Amos, Sarah Mclachlan;
I think is living away)
(her CD is very good, always plays The Southern Shore
Folk Festival I think,and regularly at
Fred Jorgensen (ex-of Fine Crowd, of The Navigators)
Natalie Nivera (acid country tinged acoustic folk when
solo, probably alternative rock if with a full band as front
woman, also is in Triple Cream which I haven't heard yet,
keeps improving, but may have moved away?)
Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta (who I haven't heard live yet)
Priscilla Dalton (was in Fine Crowd, no close relation, has tone
at times which reminds me of Northern Ireland's Cara Dillon)
Rhiannon Thomas (of The Coast Guard, formerly The Co-Stars,
keeps improving every time I hear her, spacey-breathy-wise-little-girl
Craig Young, who is also a very good acoustic guitar player
Jacinda Beals (of Labrador)
haven't heard her live yet, and have heard her first recording
just once so far, so may move her up a bit when I listen
to her some more, distinctive voice somewhat like Melissa Etheridge's
but a bit higher and with a Labrador accent
(jazz influenced folk, does interpretations of others
great songs including a couple by Jimmy MacCarthy and one
that she does live and just flies us into the night on called Summerfly).
She did well on Canadian Idol and now has a first CD
of songs by Newfoundland songwriters (and will write herself on
her second CD)
Ron Tilley, rock and trad, fine guitarist as well, can
grab an audience's attention quite well, does a very
good Matty Groves I think
Jody Richardson (alt. rock, ex-of Fur Packed [Pact] Action,
ex-of Thomas Trio and The Red Albino [he is The
Red Albino], now solo and in The Haters, good songwriter)
Vonnie Baron (ex-of the band Tickle Harbour. Nfld voice a bit reminiscent of
June Tabor's, and almost as rooted; gone to Toronto?)
Shirley Montague (of Labrador)
The Ennis sisters
are all good, and improving
Joy Norman trad and starting to do originals too, great future
Karla Pilgrim (soulful folk/pop voice, also good acoustic guitarist,
from The Great Northern Peninsula, now based in Halifax but
comes back to The Rock regularly for a visit and to play)
Sherry Ryan, sort of folk/altcountry rootsy stuff, pretty good.
Phyllis Morrissey (I haven't heard her lately)
Larry Foley (The Punters, 8-Track Favourites, Jeezus Murphy,
Waterford Valley Minstrels, solo, et-sea)
Dawn Trainor-Thompson (also a good songwriter)
Raquel Hoekman (of Desafinado, and Glitch), I haven't heard her
sing jazz with Desafinado yet, just alternative rock with Glitch
Dona Rimma (Russian background, sings lots of International stuff,
I think she has moved away)
Mary Barry (jazz, now based in BC)
Anne Marie Ulrich (jazz and blues, Scandinavian background,
may have moved away)
Maura Hagan (impressed me at the 2002 festival)
Chad Richardson is supposed to be good but I haven't heard him
Tanya Penney is a rising young singer/songwriter
Jim Joyce (really nice Foggy Dew version, but could learn the
Newfoundland version Catherine Wright sings, Jim has a solo CD out,
and moved here from Montreal years ago)
Michelle Myrick (trad and modern folk)
Chuck Lewis (of The Masterless Men, also plays solo gigs sometimes,
including at Erin's Pub)
Corey Teford (of Crush)
Ralph O'Brien, Irish singer and leader of The Sons of Erin and
owner of Erin's pub, a very warm friendly spot.
Amelia Curran, now based in St. John's again.
Julia Halfyard (I think she has opera potential, and I think
she does sing in dinner theatre some)
Sara and Kamila.
Chris LeDrew singer/songwriter/voice/guitar, good songwriter, clear
voice, I only heard him once so far though and that was a while ago,
he was based out of Halifax for a while but is now back in St. John's
and just (2003) put out a new rock CD with his brothers Andrew and Barry
entitled Brothers in Stereo.
From an early 2005 benefir at Erin's Pub, Andrew and Barry are good too,
Paul Lambe (of Crush)
Ron Hynes (solo/band,
emotional singing makes up for range, though
that doesn't mean he has a poor range, just not a wide one, is
one of Canada's top songwriters, and was president of SOCAN)
Shirley Dalton (blues/jazz, played with Bill Rose in The Dalton Rose
Dave Panting (celtic folk, celtic rock, blues; great songwriter,
sings with The Panting Brothers band and Gulliver's Spree and solo, has a
late 2002 CD out entitled Look Around that is good and
another one one the way, also plays with Rik Barron,
was in Figgy Duff and Rawlins Cross.)
Tom Boland (solo and in Gulliver's Spree)
Karen Power (of Powerhouse Blues Band, electric blues singer)
Blair Harvey (of Lady Luck and The Smoking Guns [country],
also solo CD, intense original folk blues, some country)
Mark Bragg, original
alt rocker in the trenches of the night
Alan Doyle (of the band Great Big Sea)
Glen Simmons (of The Fables, ex-of Wonderful Grand Band)
Sean McCann (ex-of Great Big Sea)
Lori Cooper (powerful blues singer)
John Graham (of Muldow, also plays solo pub gigs sometimes)
Dermot O'Reilly, Irish balladeer (great on ballads), some originals, he and
Fergus O'Byrne were in Ryan's Fancy.
Unfortunately Dermot died on Feb. 17, 2007.
Fergus O'Byrne (sea shanties, sad ballads, in Crowd of Bold Sharemen,
plays with Jim Payne in a duo, also plays solo and sometimes with his
son Fergus Brown-O'Byrne)
Terry Rielly (piano player/singer/songwriter; children's or adult
original and cover and some religious [UU])
(pretty good blues)
Ed Kavanagh (also harp, mandolin, guitar; adult or children's)
Michelle Brophy, keeps improving
Peter Narvaez (original acoustic blues)
Dave Penny (also accordion, fiddle, great funny and other trad songs, rooted)
Jim Payne (trad songs and original tunes,
trad style, was in Crowd of Bold Sharemen)
hosts a Wednesday night open mic at The Victory Tavern
Wayne Hynes (acoustic stuff, I haven't heard him much yet,
he played Hank Williams once, as did Ron Hynes and Roy Forbes
years ago too)
Sharon Hynes (was in The Dreadbeats, now plays solo and with her
brother Wayne, acoustic folk, I haven't heard her much yet;
compatible with Neil Young in more ways than one)
Kelly Ann Evans (who used to be in
Billy and the Bruisers) who I haven't heard yet
except for one song on the radio once and will probably move
up on this list after I hear her live
who I also haven't heard yet but who won
The Popstars contest but I haven't heard her yet
(so again I might move her up on this list when I hear her).
flute, whistle, other wind instruments:
John Nugent is the top Newfoundland sax player but now lives in New York
but returns home once or twice a year and often then plays concerts
at the Fat Cat and/or LSPU Hall
but I somehow missed him but have his first CD.
Rob Murphy (wooden flute, originally from Ireland,
has returned to Ireland)
Gerry Strong (flute and whistles, of A Crowd of Bold Sharemen)
Patrick Boyle (trumpet)
Graham Wells (whiztle, of A Crowd of Bold Sharemen)
John Bishop (many whistles, including a long Bretonish one. He
may haved moved away.)
Daniel Payne (whistle, flute)
Michelle Brophy (flute, whistle)
Danny Mills (flute)
Fred Jorgensen (whistle, ex-of Fine Crowd, of The Navigators)
Ian Goudie (flute and sax)
the Mary in Shy Mary [Brennan?] (flute)
Jim Fidler (long low and high whistles)
Pamela Morgan (whistle)
Kelly Russell (whistle)
Mike Walsh (whistle)
Stacey Seward (whistle)
There are some pipe players around, both uillean and highland and
maybe small --
Rob Brown plays uillean pipes, and is fairly good,
and also plays acoustic guitar. Mike Walsh is also good,
and Stacey Seward is an up-and-comer, both on uillean pipes.
Paddy Keenan, possibly the world's best (projective
lightning rod) uillean piper, is (in my
honourary Newfoundlander, he
visits quite regularly and recorded, mostly here, a solo CD
entitled Na Keen Affair with Newfoundland and Irish musicians.
rising young uillean piper from Belfast now based in Florida,
is now (Dec. 2, 1998) finishing up recording a CD at Jim
Fidler's studio, and plans to be back for a visit, and (again in
my opinion) is an honourary Newfoundlander. Oh, and
someone out in Carbonear (Neil O'Grady?)
makes uillean pipes, I hear, so some out
that way probably play. The
Newfoundland fiddle sound is pipes-influenced from way back, though,
in my opinion, e.g. maybe a bit of the drone/fire at times
that are mentioned in regard to Irish fiddler
Francie Byrne on The Brass Fiddle LP I have, and e.g.
Patrrick Moran may be able to do that.
David Day and Dave Allison both play highland pipes.
Deborah Clarke (used to play the Delta Hotel pub,
doesn't play pubs much if at all now but may play
some other venues occasionally)
Gayle Tapper (Latin American and some celtic style harp)
Jane Ogilvie (of Atlantic Union)
Ed Kavanagh (also mandolin, voice, storyteller, children's
and adult writer, so well-rounded bardic type)
Kelly Russell (lap harp)
Fiona Rutherford (young up-and-comer)
a friend of Blair Harvey named Mark
Jason Belmer (blues harp, projects well)
Frank Maher (celtic and other tunes)
Peter Narvaez (blues harp, also guitar, voice) RIP
mandolin, bouzouki, banjo:
Dave Panting (ex-Figgy Duff, Rawlins Cross, Irish Descendants,
Gulliver's Spree and solo), mandolin.
has more Newfoundland sound than some others. Also
plays bouzouki, banjo, guitar, bass and sings and
Glen Hiscock of Connemara. (mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle and vocals)
Darren "Boobie" Brown (mandolin)
Dan Rubin (now in Atlantic Union, recently moved to
Newfoundland from I think BC, is a very good mandolin player
and is learning some Newfoundland tunes and composing some
in Newfoundland style, so I hear, and also plays
fiddle and some other instruments and sings)
John Rowe (or Dawe?) (the young fellow who used to be in Red Clift, he is about 40,
not the older bluegrass John Rowe who is also good but I think
does not play mandolin) also electric guitar player but burns up the
folk mandolin, and I am rating him based on his 17 or 18 year-old performance
about 23 years ago so he might be better than Dave by now but not
if he hasn't been playing mandolin much in that time period,
the ponytailed fellow in Labrador band Murphy's Law who I might
rank higher but I didn't hear him do many solos yet
Mike Hanrahan (bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, guitar, voice, sometimes solo, I think is top local bouzouki player)
Perry Dawe of The Masterless Men
Matt Glover who is Newfoundland born and raised and
now lives in the States
Vic Tilley who was in Fine Crowd
Bruce Crummell (e-guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, in Lukey's Boat),
Kelly Russell (bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, lap harp, concertina,
several more, was in Bristol's Hope, was in The Irish Descendants,
and Kelly Russell and The Planks, and sometimes plays
Hugh Scott (mandolin, also flute and a-guitar and voice)
Fergus O'Byrne is a great banjo player (also bodhran, guitar, voice)
Bob Hallett of Great Big Sea I think plays bouzouki and mandolin well
(in addition to accordion and fiddle)
Ed Kavanaugh (mandolin, also harp, guitar, vocals)
Allan Ricketts (banjo, bouzouki)
Carolyn Clarke (mandolin, in Kentucky Tundra).
Billy Sutton (banjo ace, mandolin, guitar, accordion, fiddle, bass,
more), who I think
plays banjo sitting down slightly better, so far, than when he stands
up. He is in Shanneyganock
and hosts sessions at Erin's Pub.
Ronnie Power (bouzouki)
Dave Rowe (bluegrass mandolin, also standup bass)
Larry Foley (mandolin, The Punters, also guitar, voice, accordion)
Scott Schillereif (banjo, hammer dulcimer, voice, ex-Tickle Harbour,
ex-of in Atlantic Union, does a good song about a five gallon jar)
Jason Whelan (bouzouki)
Rik Barron is excellent on banjo but has moved away.
Benjamin Rigby is a great young banjo player.
Colin Carrigan (mandolin, but is even better on fiddle, and
I think makes mandolins)
(mandolin, many more, but I haven't heard him
play mandolin live yet, just on recording)
Neil Rosenberg (banjo, won a Grammy for liner notes, folklorist,
in The Art Stoyles Band and Crooked Stovepipe). Maybe I'll
make separate mando and banjo lists later, for now I seem
to be ranking mando players above banjo players on average
maybe because my father played mandolin (and fiddle).
Delf Hohmann is a good banjo player.
Terri Thompson (or is it Thomson), ex-of Bannerman Park Band,
is good on mandolin (and also
Greg Walsh mandolin, also plays fiddle, sings some, is in
The Ray Walsh Family Band and The Masterless Men.
Sherry Ryan mostly plays guitar but plays some mandolin
- Noel Dinn (Figgy Duff, Vive la Rose, etc) was [he is
deceased, R.I.Party] the best for both touch and
rhythm/timing and intensity when needed
and influenced many other local bodhranists
Sean McCann (of Great Big Sea, effortless, really blew me away
when I saw them with my friends The Paperboys
opening [the PBs also opened for Shane MacGowan that year] at the Town Pump
in Vancouver in 1995)
Fergus O'Byrne (of Tickle Harbour).
Paddy Mackey (of Jeezus Murphy; sessions).
Rick West (of Maher's Bahers, and Aunty Crae Band)
Graham Wells (of Irish Descendants)
Fred Jorgensen (ex-of Fine Crowd, of The Navigators)
Jim Fidler (bodhran, bass bodhran, frame drum, drum kit, percussion, etc, plays more than
15 instruments so far)
Phil Badcock (also fiddle, accordion, improving)
Darrell Power (ex-of Great Big Sea)
Phil Dinn (Panting Bros Band, on occasion, and he
brought the first bodhran to Newfoundland, it is not an ancient
traditional celtic instrument and was introduced to Ireland
relatively recently as well though earlier than to Newfoundland)
Mike Walsh (young guy, also uilllean, long whistle, voice?)
I think George Morgan, who often plays with Pamela Morgan, plays
bodhran well but I haven't heard him play it in a while. He is also
very good on the tapered drum he plays sometimes, a good world beat
drummer and fairly good drum kit drummer.
Tonya Kearley, Kelly Russell, Corey Clarke,
Maureen Ennis, others are good too, and Flip Janes
(R.I.Party) was fairly good too.