This is the official website of the Newfoundland traditional music duo, Christina Smith and Jean Hewson.
It’s been a pretty hectic fall! Two fabulous concerts in honour of our 25th anniversary of playing together, then a guest appearance with Lady Cove Choir, and then the STEP Fiddlers’ album launch! Whew! No wonder Jean’s gallbladder has gone on strike.
Friday Nov. 12 we played a benefit concert with guitarist /children’s entertainer Eric West, in support of Vinland Music Camp, a week-long, annual music camp held at Kildevil Resort in beautiful Gros Morne Park that offers instruction in Newfoundland music, dance, and storytelling.
Thanks to all our guests, to the audience, to Glen Tilley and Terry Winsor (CBC), to the staff at Petro Canada Hall, to Erin MacArthur for the poster, to our friends and families who helped us and supported us. Special thanks to Memorial University School of Music for co-sponsoring the shows.
The Lady Cove concert was also a great success – another sold-out hall, another wonderful audience. The choir sang a couple of Christina and Jean’s arrangements Futist Gerry Strong, harpist Gayle Tapper, percussionist Rob Power, and mulit-instrumentalist Daniel Payne lent their talents to the evening.
Partridgeberry Jam! New batch, starting January 2011!
Where is it? Mmap - the Research Centre for Music, Media and Place, in the Arts and Culture Centre, 2nd floor (the old art gallery space.)
When is it? Ten Thursday evenings in the winter of 2011. We’ll take it one week at a time – weather and Jean’s gallbladder permitting – and carry on until we’ve used up ten sessions.
How much is it? $180.00. This includes registration fee and materials, ten 45 minute group classes, and ten half-hour jam sessions.
Partridgeberry Jam is a series of ten 45 minute classes for fiddle and guitar, plus a half-hour jam session. Fiddlers will learn a new tune, guitarists will learn the chords and strums, and then we'll play our repertoire together!
Fiddlers - Learn new tunes, develop your repertoire, improve your playing!
Guitarists - Learn new chords, learn different voicings, and learn to accompany Newfoundland tunes!
Who can join? Anyone who has a basic ability on the instrument and is age 13 or older. Musicians younger than 13 are welcome with prior approval and with a parent present. Fiddlers should be able to play in the keys of D, A and G and be able to play some tunes. Guitarists should know the chords of C, D, G, A and F major and A, D, E and B minor, and be able to change chords fluently.
Jean and Christina honoured
Please have a look around at our website while you're here, and feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop by again for updates. We'll put the kettle on!
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