As a teen growing up in the s, rock guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame recalled seeing pictures in magazines of new musicians from the early New York punk scene like Patti Smith and The Ramones. Their appearance struck him immediately, and it didn't matter that he hadn't heard a note of their music. Of course, in order to hear those artists at the time, he would need to track down a copy of an early single or album at a record shop, keep his ears close to college radio or try to sneak into a live show underage. If Moore was growing up today, he could simply do a quick internet search or use a streaming service on his phone to immediately hear songs by these artists. A lot has changed when it comes to the way fans discover new music in the age of the internet.
Rosemary Lawson — The Siren
Era of taping songs off radio long gone, as listeners can now access anything at a moment's notice
Around here, music is part of the natural and cultural landscape. You can find it practically everywhere you go - from kitchens and pubs to concert halls and festivals in every corner of the province. One moment you'll be clapping and stomping along to jigs and reels featuring fiddles, accordions, and bodhran drums, and the next you'll get swept away by old Irish love songs passed down from generation to generation. Our thriving music scene is also filled with a diverse range of new music, including reggae, world, jazz, blues, rock, classical, and pop. Newfoundland and Labrador is home to some of the country's finest artists and performers, so there is no shortage of playlist worthy tunes for your next road trip. In the summer months, multi-genre music festivals span the province from east to west. Future travellers from elsewhere, please keep dreaming and check back for travel updates. Bonne lecture!
Newfoundland and Labrador is an Atlantic Canadian province with a folk musical heritage based on the Irish , English and Cornish traditions that were brought to its shores centuries ago. Though similar in its Celtic influence to neighbouring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island , Newfoundland and Labrador music is more Irish than Scottish and has more elements imported from English and Cornish music than those provinces. Newfoundland music, while clearly Celtic and seafaring in its orientation, has an identifiable style of its own. Much of the region's music focuses on the strong seafaring tradition in the area, and includes sea shanties and other sailing songs. A bone flute found at L'Anse Amour in Labrador is not the first evidence of the presence of music in Newfoundland and Labrador. At the time, native tribes First Nations lived in the area.
As with many Newfoundland stories, the history of Newfoundland music of European origin begins with codfish. Europeans first came to the island in the 16th century to harvest northern cod, and they brought their music with them. That music grew to become the voice of Newfoundland and Labrador, a powerful evocation of its lifestyle, heritage and personality. Music became an international calling card, and at home it was by far the most popular art form. There are many who have never read a Newfoundland publication or seen a live local theatre performance. But just about everyone in the province has heard The Kelligrews Soiree or danced to a local band.