|April 28, 2022 Special Edition
|This special edition of Folk Lines outlines Folk Harbour’s updated COVID-19 safety policy and provides exciting news about free concerts.
Updated COVID-19 safety policy
As a result of feedback from current and potential audience members, the Board of the Folk Harbour Society updated its COVID-19 Safety Plan on April 21, 2022. The biggest changes are that masks are now mandatory at all times at our venue, the Lunenburg Opera House, and that audience capacity will be limited to 85 so that physical distancing can be maintained between audience members. Our goal is to keep audience members, volunteers, and touring musicians safe.
|Starting in July 2020, the Folk Harbour Society has adapted as needed in order to present live music as safely as possible, whether that was outdoor concerts only, physically distanced indoor concerts, mask requirements, etc. We want to emphasize to audience members how seriously we take this. To that end, we are offering the May 6 and May 7 concerts in our Weekends at the Opera House series free of charge! We invite you to check out one or both of these amazing artists and be convinced at how safe a concert experience can be. We also want to thank our loyal and supportive audience members with these free concerts.
|Tickets for our FREE concertsBecause of our need to limit audience numbers to ensure physical distance, you need a ticket to attend these concerts…but tickets really are free!
|For those who already purchased tickets for these concerts, you will be offered your choice of a full refund or a charitable tax receipt.
|May 6 and 7: Music from the Heart and the Land
The weekend lineup consists of two wonderful acts: Silver Wolf Band, and the Amanda Rheaume Band. Full biographies of both bands have been given in previous editions of Folk Lines.
May 6: Silver Wolf Band
It’s not often that we get the chance to present musicians from Labrador! We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to see Silver Wolf Band, a four-piece Indigenous folk-pop-rock band from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The band consists of Jamie Jackman (guitar, vocals), Matthew Barrett (piano, keyboards), Justin Jackman (drums, percussion), and Brandon Pardy (bass guitar).
Here’s what reviewers are saying about Silver Wolf Band’s 2020 recording, Storms & Prayers, and their music in general:
“Storms & Prayers is a haunting look into the mystery and beauty of the big land.” — The Newfoundland Harold
“Storms & Prayers is punctuated by classic odes to Labrador and overall feels like a love letter to the place the band calls home.“— The East Mag
“..I got really excited, I mean, obviously because they’re from Labrador, [and also] just because I heard they were making amazing music, and man, they really are…” — Tom Power, From Storms & Prayers,
Here is Silver Wolf Band’s beautiful video, “Estuary.”
May 7: Amanda Rheaume Band
Based in Ottawa, Amanda Rheaume is a songwriter who uses her musical chops to deliver her captivating songs. Amanda is also an organizer and activist who is creating space for Indigenous musicians. Holly Gordon (CBC Music) says:“Rheaume’s voice is a balancing act of strength and vulnerability, cutting right through that welcome road-weary swing of the guitar and drums. ‘100 Years’ is great Americana, but even better, Rheaume is continuing to change the canon of what stories that genre tends to tell”. Here is Amanda’s video, “100 Years“, from her 2022 recording, The Spaces In Between.
Canada Council for the Arts
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. Generous funding from this source has allowed us to present Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022: A Celebration of Diversity.
|With strengthened COVID safety measures and two amazing bands being offered free of charge, there is no time like May 6 and 7 to check out Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022!