Versatile and rhythmic are just two words used to describe the extraordinary musical talents of Renée Batten. This Conception Bay South native has been as a member of the award winning all female country trio The Secrets since 2008. Coming from a strong musical background, Renée is naturally gifted, her ability to play a wide variety of instruments distinguishes her from the rest. At the tender age of four, she began playing the accordion and has since conquered the guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, and the bodhran. Now with song writer added to list, Renée’s star continues to shine as a multi-talented musician.
Wanda Crocker was a member of seminal folk band Barkin' Kettle in the 80s, as well as the bands The Prodigal Daughters and the Sub-Sisters. With Barkin' Kettle, Wanda performed at most of the major Canadian folk festivals including: The Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Vancouver Folk Festival, and the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, Ontario. The band also represented Canada at the Cultural Festival affiliated with the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986. Wanda took a long break from performing to become a self-made business woman, but luckily for us, she has brought her tremendous fiddle and mandolin talents back to local stages with the band What Odds.
The Walsh Brothers, Ray, Gerard and Ron are originally from Bay de Verde. They have performed together for 20 plus years, both as a trio and as part of the Walsh Family Band. In that time they have entertained at festivals, conventions, concerts, community events and numerous private functions all over the Avalon Peninsula and Eastern Newfoundland. They have appeared on 5 CDs, the latest Years May Come,2016, all of which are still available in music stores. They may be seen this season at The Garrick Theatre, the Burin Peninsula Folk Festival and Princess Sheila Nageira Theatre.
Gary & Whit are a duo in every sense of the word. Comprised of husband and wife, Gary and Whitney French, they are the perfect blend with their romantic harmonies and candid lyrics. Gary is also known for his work as an award-winning solo artist while Whitney is an award-winning visual artist. With Gary on acoustic guitar/vocals and Whitney on vocals, they marry each of their passions to become Gary & Whit. Taking cues from the folk and inspirational genres, this singer-songwriter duo creates honest songs with the ability to inspire. Their debut album, Matches, received much acclaim both provincially and nationally. Gary & Whit are from Goose Bay, NL and are now based on the west coast of the island in Corner Brook.