Newfoundland is known for traditional music, sure. In every tourism pamphlet, in every film setting, in every piece of literature, there’s a few lads in the corner quietly churning out a few tunes. What we forget is how these traditions can grow and how new audiences need to hear them, protect them and enjoy them to ensure they live on.
Armed with a love of jigs, reels and ballads honoured in Newfoundland and an energy found more often in 3 piece punk rock bands than 5 piece folk acts, their accordions, fiddle and talent have shaken National festivals including Winnipeg, Mariposa, Lunenburg and this year Vancouver and St. John’s are about to bear witness.
Barely into their twenties they’ve intuitively become the keepers of the songs we love and have sought out tunes that may have otherwise been lost to the culture forever. A new breed of folk musician with a wide sense of the world and a firm belief that Newfoundlanders can hold their own with the best players the world has to offer.
The Dardanelles will change the way you think about folk music and you’ll be glad of it.
Watch the Dardanelles playing some doubles at the 2012 Winnipeg Irish Fest. This was taken during the free demonstration that took place during the Saturday workshops. Enjoy!