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2021 NL Folk Festival – Friday, July 30

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Hi Folks!

On Friday, July 30, Jason Whelan will be joining me for 3 full sets at Quidi Vidi Brewery for NL Folk Festival’s Folk’d Up Fridays! Admission is FREE but space is limited, so if you’d like a table, come early! Love to see you!

Cheers! Hope you’re all having a grand summer!

Colleen

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Live Show Coming Up on Saturday, July 10!

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Hi everyone!

I’m exited to announce I’m performing on Saturday, July 10 at the beautiful Oderin Hall in the Trinity Pub, Beck’s Cove – right on the corner of historic George Street. The one and only Jason Whelan will join me for the night on guitar and bouzouki!

We’ve got quite the arsenal of tunes, so come have a cold pint and settle in for the night. We start at 10 P.M. for three full sets, ending at 1 A.M.

It’s been too long. Love to see you!

_ Colleen

Colleen Power & Jason Whelan

Purple Aster Blooms early!

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

The sweet, upbeat song “Purple Aster” from Tales of Downtown West is here!

Selected for the 2021 City of St. John’s/MusicNL Summer Trail Mix, “Purple Aster” has been described as a “ukulele charmer” by Bob Mersereau of the Top 100 Canadian Singles blog.

“I’ve always loved asters, particularly purple ones, and am amazed at their ability to grow almost anywhere,” says Power. “I wrote this song last summer after they bloomed in my backyard, having planted some from a road trip the year before.”

You can listen to “Purple Aster” here:
https://soundcloud.com/user-54904747/colleen-power-purple-aster?in=user-54904747/sets/summer-trail-mix

Colleen recently performed “Purple Aster” with Crooked Stovepipe’s Dave Rowe on mandolin at O’Brien’s Music, the legendary story in downtown St. John’s. You can watch on O’Brien’s Facebook page here: https://fb.watch/5Huvumd3iL/

Tales From Downtown West is available for downloads and mail orders here:
https://www.singsonginc.ca/index.php/artists/colleen-power/1361-tales-from-downtown-west

Or you can pick up a physical copy of the EP at Fred’s Records or O’Brien’s Music in St. John’s.

Tales From Downtown West Now Available on SingSong Inc.

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Though COVID-19 halted the recording of the Colleen Power Band’s new album in its tracks, that didn’t stop the award-winning singer/songwriter from releasing new material on her own — Tales From Downtown West.

The EP (extended play or mini album) contains six new songs that she wrote and recorded in February for the RPM (Record Production Month) challenge. The native of Freshwater, Placentia Bay produced and recorded the project. She also sings all vocals, and plays all instruments — including guitar, bass, dulcimer, ukulele, keyboards and accordion.

Power said she reluctantly signed on to the RPM challenge under her own name for the first time.

“I needed to push myself to create something new,” she says. “I was feeling so down with not performing in public, and not being able to get in the studio with my band. I’m very happy with the EP, and delighted it’s been picked up by Singsong Inc.”

She’s not the only one happy with the end product — which, in usual Colleen Power fashion, reflects her wonderful, eclectic style.

“You get a bit of everything Power is about in these tracks. There’s Newfoundland whimsy, trad, biting wit, social observation, punk attitude, Francophone, grass roots and modern folk,” says Bob Mersereau, who runs the blog, The Top 100 Canadian Singles.

“In the sharpest bit of commentary, she uses the TikTok trend of sea shanties to skewer the socio-political climate of her own province,” Mersereau adds. “The song, NL Sea Shanty, chides the province for being “half an hour later b’ys, and fifty years behind.”

Jim Payne of SingSong Inc. says Power’s new EP demonstrates once again she’s one of the province’s most versatile and entertaining artists.

“Songs are catchy, incisive, hilarious and relevant to our times, all delivered with top-quality musicianship, attitude, and the panache for which she is famous.”

Award-winning author, musician, and actor Joel Thomas Hynes says he simply loves Power’s new work.

“Colleen has a knack for conjuring the reality of downtown life in an oddly folky, raw and funny way,” Hynes says.

Power looks forward to getting back in the studio with the Colleen Power Band — including members Aneirin Thomas, Jason Whelan and Ed Sutherby — to finish their next album, and is currently completing an EP of original French songs based on Newfoundland historical themes.

The new EP is available to download at this link:

https://www.singsonginc.ca/index.php/artists/colleen-power/1361-tales-from-downtown-west

The Plague – New Single & Video

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

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The Colleen Power Band is back with a brand new single and video that’s perfectly fitting for the pandemic times. The Plague is the band’s first release since last October’s Busy Highway, and — despite the timely title and lyrics — was actually written in 2014.

“The band figured we’d put the song out there now — in advance of the entire album being ready for release — because COVID-19 may be over by then, and nobody will want to hear a song called The Plague,” says Colleen Power.

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She adds the song’s bed tracks were recorded in October, 2019, and the track was completed last month. The band decided to release the song two weeks before Hallowe’en for obvious reasons.

Says Power, “It seems these days, you can either laugh or cry, and we choose to have fun with it.”

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Power, the band’s lead singer, also directed, edited, and shot the video in recent months with help from her two daughters, and features band members Ed Sutherby, Jason Whelan, and Aneirin Thomas, as well as Chuck Herriot of the St. John’s Actor’s Studio.

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The Plague premieres at 12 A.M. on October 15, 2020 on the Baygirl Music YouTube Channel. Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1ZagA27hNY

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The single is available for download here:
https://www.singsonginc.ca/index.php/catalog/new-releases/808-singsong-singles

Please support the band by downloading the single. You can now purchase Colleen’s seven solo albums at — https://www.singsonginc.ca — all proceeds from sales over the next few months will go toward finishing the new album.

The Plague

Written by Colleen Power
Arranged with The CP Band
Background Vocals arranged with Liz Solo

Vocals, guitar — Colleen Power
Guitars — Jason Whelan
Bass — Aneirin Thomas
Drums — Ed Sutherby

Recorded at Sound Solution by Jason Whelan, except Colleen’s vocals, background vocals and guitar – recorded by Colleen at Baygirl Music.

Mixed by Spencer Crewe

Mastered by Jason Whelan at Sound Solution

Press Release: Music Downloads now available at Sing Song Inc.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

NL artist Colleen Power goes local with music distribution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 2020

Award-winning singer/songwriter Colleen Power has made her digital music downloads available exclusively through a local distributer in St. John’s, NL — cancelling distribution through Spotify and iTunes that pay next to nothing in royalties.

“I got a rude awakening recently when I learned that nearly 30,000 music streams and downloads of my music on Spotify and iTunes over a period of five years only paid me just over $100,” said Power, who was also insulted by Spotify CEO Daniel Eck’s recent comments that artists aren’t working hard enough, and should be putting out more music.

“I have written CD Baby — the entity that distributes my music to Spotify — and requested my membership be terminated,” said Power, whose music is now available through local distributer SingSong Inc. (run by well-known local artist Jim Payne).

“I’m very grateful to Jim and SingSong for taking all seven of my solo titles for distribution through downloads and physical copies. I am honoured to be in the company of such legendary NL artists!”

Payne said he’s thrilled to have Power’s music on the label.

“Colleen is one of the province’s most versatile, multi-dimensional and dynamic performers,” he said. “Her catalogue demonstrates her comfort level in a variety of musical styles, but it’s her lyrical turn-of-phrase that cleverly turns universal themes into an expression of the Newfoundland and Labrador experience.”

Physical copies of Power’s music will still be available at live performances, and at Fred’s Records and O’Brien’s Music in downtown St. John’s.

Power will be performing LIVE this Friday night at Erin’s pub on Water Street. She then heads to Placentia to take part in the Three Sisters Sessions music video series, and a live performance at the Three Sisters Pub on Saturday afternoon.

The Colleen Power Band — featuring Jason Whelan on guitar, Aneirin Thomas on bass, and Ed Sutherby on drums — plans to release a new video on Sept. 9th, and the single will be available through singsonginc.ca

https://www.singsonginc.ca/index.php/artists/colleen-power

Busy Highway is Here!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The first single from Colleen’s upcoming album is here!

You can stream and download Busy Highway on all digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.

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Written by Colleen Power
Arranged with the Colleen Power band (Jason Whelan, Aneirin Thomas & Ed Sutherby)

Colleen Power- ukulele, vocals, percussion
Aneirin Thomas – bass
Jason Whelan- guitars
Ed Sutherby – drums
Geoff Panting – synths

Mixed by Spencer Crewe
Mastered by Jason Whelan
Recorded by Colleen Power at Baygirl Music, except guitars recorded by Jason Whelan at Sound Solution & synths recorded by Geoff Panting

Keep an eye out for a Kickstarter pre-sales page over the next few days and more details about the new album, coming Spring 2020!!

Summer Show – Colleen Power Band at QVB with Dave Penny

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

It’s Summer! No, it’s not! Yes, it is! No, it’s not!

YES IT IS!

Believe it or not, it’s summer in NL and we’ve got a dandy show lined up at Quidi Vidi Brewing company on August 24, along with one or our favourite NL performers, Dave Penny!

This is a show not to miss! We’ll play new songs, old ones and we’ll do our best to take your request! And Dave Penny is one clever, hilarious guy!

Love to see you there!

– Colleen

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Happy Spring!

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Hello!

I am very excited to announce a show I will be hosting coming up in a fantastic new live music room right on George Street!

A special day is planned for Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Oderin Hall at the Trinity Pub on George Street to celebrate the talent the Placentia Bay area has spurned out over the decades, and highlight the heritage of the area.

For years, I wished there was an event like this in St. John’s. So many of us have moved to town and the surrounding area. It’ll be fantastic to host this afternoon variety show and have everyone in this beautiful room right on historic George Street

The show will take place early in the day, from 1 – 5 PM so you still can have a chance to go to Nan’s for Sunday supper!

Performers from all around Placentia Bay will take part in the matinee, with music by Placentia’s Larry Foley & Mock Greene, East isle Wind (from Little Bona), Kevin Hartley & Whisky in the Shade (from Dunville), and Kevin Pomeroy and friends (Merasheen), There will be a special reading by poet Agnes Walsh (from Placentia), with stories and Oderin Hall dedication by Gordon Lake.

The afternoon will see the new Oderin Hall dedication by Gordon Lake, relative of owner/operators Bern and Mick Manning. Bern Manning says, “We named the space after the birth home of my Father and his family. It is important to pay tribute to where we have come from. It is meant to pay homage to the people of Oderin as well as all people of Placentia Bay.”

Tickets for the Placentia Bay Matinee are just $15 and are on sale now at The Trinity Pub.

Placentia Bay Matinee
Sunday, April 7, 2019
1-5 PM
Oderin Hall in the Trinity Pub
Tickets $15

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Live performance of Pat Murphy’s Meadow at Afterwords bookstore

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

This video is dedicated to Afterwords Bookstore. The bookstore is an iconic fixture in downtown St. John’s for more than 45 years that went out of business in recent weeks. To David Benson, Catherine McCausland and family, for the much-loved gems I discovered in your wonderful store with my three girls over the years. I will miss you the most for Christmas shopping.

I chose to sing Pat Murphy’s Meadow because of the feeling it bestows. The song is about loss. It’s sentimental, but not too sentimental. I don’t want Afterwords to be forgotten, or the importance of small business, and I also don’t want people to forget the magic that books and bookstores bring to our lives. I am honoured to have David and Afterwords in the video, in what I know must be a very hard time for him and his wife Catherine. A heartfelt thank you to David and Catherine for letting us shoot this little video in such sad times. Downtown St. John’s, to quote Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.”

Pat Murphy’s Meadow was written by John Martin Devine from King’s Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL. The song is also available on Raised on This, available at Fred’s Records & O’Brien’s Music. Downloads are available on my Bandcamp page.

Starring David Benson as himself
Colleen Power: Vocal
Jason Whelan: Guitar
Greg Walsh: Fiddle

Directed by: Colleen Power
Camera/Editing: Ben Smith
Sound Recordist: Neil Conway

Here is the video link:

https://youtu.be/FfTtbNWWVsE