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Newfound Frequency rocks Folk Festival


Out of the blue the phone rings one day with a voice on the other end saying, “Can you sing?”

Sing is something Vanessa MacArthur-Newman has been doing since she learned to talk.

The native of Codroy Valley has a strong musical background, growing up around many talented musicians.

She learned the bagpipes through cadets and after many invitations to sing at weddings and other occasions, she learned to play guitar.

On July 29, along with Darren Vincent, Brian McHugh and Paul Harris, the band Newfound Frequency took to the stage of the 24th annual Folk Festival in the Codroy Valley and entertained a huge crowd with a mix of ‘70s and ‘80s cover songs.

In 2010, Newman moved to Corner Brook for work. She described the day Larry Thomas called her wondering if she could sing.

She sort of laughed and told him, “Yeah I like it.”

The next thing she knew she was being added to a list of entertainers for the Kinsmen Club’s Winter Carnival variety show.

It was there she met fellow band member Darren Vincent, and after the show he suggested starting a little band.

Besides leading with guitar, Vincent also plays harmonica and provides back up vocals. McHugh plays bass and provides back up vocals and Harris plays the drums.

Newman considers herself lucky to have back up vocals, giving her chords a break from time to time.

The band came together in May of 2015 and together they prefer to play for events and social evenings. Once a month they play at Gitano’s Restaurant and also like to play at King Henry’s Pub.

All members have family’s and full-time jobs and so they prefer to stay out of the bar scene.

Just recently they opened for The Fables at Deer Lake’s Strawberry Festival and on Aug. 27 they are playing at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook.

Opening for The Fables was something Newman said was awesome, but described playing on home turf at the Folk Festival as unbelievable.

“I loved it, the guys loved it and we had so much great feedback,” said Newman. “If we were asked to come back we would tell them ‘Absolutely – book us in.’ ”

The future of the band involves keeping at what they love, with no talks yet of creating a CD.

However, the festival also opened up a door to an interest from a songwriter and that is something Newman looks forward to discussing with the band.

For more coverage from the Folk Festival and to listen to a clip of Newfound Frequency’s performance visit www.gulfnews.ca

chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

Sing is something Vanessa MacArthur-Newman has been doing since she learned to talk.

The native of Codroy Valley has a strong musical background, growing up around many talented musicians.

She learned the bagpipes through cadets and after many invitations to sing at weddings and other occasions, she learned to play guitar.

On July 29, along with Darren Vincent, Brian McHugh and Paul Harris, the band Newfound Frequency took to the stage of the 24th annual Folk Festival in the Codroy Valley and entertained a huge crowd with a mix of ‘70s and ‘80s cover songs.

In 2010, Newman moved to Corner Brook for work. She described the day Larry Thomas called her wondering if she could sing.

She sort of laughed and told him, “Yeah I like it.”

The next thing she knew she was being added to a list of entertainers for the Kinsmen Club’s Winter Carnival variety show.

It was there she met fellow band member Darren Vincent, and after the show he suggested starting a little band.

Besides leading with guitar, Vincent also plays harmonica and provides back up vocals. McHugh plays bass and provides back up vocals and Harris plays the drums.

Newman considers herself lucky to have back up vocals, giving her chords a break from time to time.

The band came together in May of 2015 and together they prefer to play for events and social evenings. Once a month they play at Gitano’s Restaurant and also like to play at King Henry’s Pub.

All members have family’s and full-time jobs and so they prefer to stay out of the bar scene.

Just recently they opened for The Fables at Deer Lake’s Strawberry Festival and on Aug. 27 they are playing at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook.

Opening for The Fables was something Newman said was awesome, but described playing on home turf at the Folk Festival as unbelievable.

“I loved it, the guys loved it and we had so much great feedback,” said Newman. “If we were asked to come back we would tell them ‘Absolutely – book us in.’ ”

The future of the band involves keeping at what they love, with no talks yet of creating a CD.

However, the festival also opened up a door to an interest from a songwriter and that is something Newman looks forward to discussing with the band.

For more coverage from the Folk Festival and to listen to a clip of Newfound Frequency’s performance visit www.gulfnews.ca

chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

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