BIO::::::::: HELLO from Newfoundland!!
The Sharecroppers this year celebrate their 30th year as a folk and traditional TRIO from Newfoundland.
Appearing first as a trio in 1988 at a school cabaret where all three members taught high school, Ed Humber, Guy Romaine and Mike Madigan have been entertaining and doing what they do best... sharing the CULTURE and HERITAGE of beautiful NEWFOUNDLAND.
Performing mostly for Cruise ships, coach tours, convention and conferences that visit the west coast of Newfoundland, the Sharecroppers sing their original songs from their three cds to date: NATURAL, This New Founde Lande, and "Home,Boys!"
With humour, wit, stories, great three-part harmonies and fine instrumentation on guitar, standup bass fiddle, mandolin, and tin whistle, the trio can entertain a crowd for a night to remember!!
Having been sent by the Newfoundland Dept of Tourism to folklore cultural festivals in Seoul Korea (ISME International Society for Music Education), Bristol England (International Festival of the Sea/ Cabot Celebrations), Brandon Manitoba (Jeux du Canada 1999 Summer Games), Bonavista 1497-1997 (Queen's visit for the MATTHEW June 24th & Cabot 500 Anniversary Celebrations) and many other Nfld Tourism related events, the Sharecroppers over 29 years have provided their listeners a rich exposure and experience with Newfoundland culture, humour, and musical traditions.
Often receiving letters and emails from visitors stating the Sharecroppers " were the hi-lite of our trip to Newfoundland!", Ed, Guy and Mike simply smile with satisfaction at another Newfoundland show well done.
The Sharecroppers of Newfoundland are songwriters and musicians (former highschool teachers now retired!)
from Pasadena, Newfoundland (and now Woody Point,Bonne Bay Gros Morne Nat Park for Mike)
........ "We were also pleased to be asked to perform at the prestigious Writers at Woody Point Festival (www.writersatwoodypoint.com). As well, we also performed at the Caplin-Cod Festival, Triton; Fish Fun &Folk Festival, Twillingate; Pasadena Come Home Year; Corner Brook Day; Canada Day/ Margaret Bowater Park Corner Brook;
TNL's Who Darkens our Door T'nite, Shallow Bay Theatre,Cow Head" says band member Mike Madigan, "and many Coach tours and Cruise ships! We have played to an audience of 400 onboard the Seabourn Quest to bigger audiences of over 1000 on the Norwegian Cruise Lines. The theatres on board some of these cruise ships are true 'Arts and Culture' venues. "
Their first CD "NATURAL" included popular original songs One Room School, The KYLE, Newfoundland Autumn, My Grandfather's Fiddle, Mill Whistle, The Legionnaires, Lest We Forget, The Engineer's Song, Freddie's Tune, Twenty-Five Miners. All the songs were well received and played often on CBC.
Their 2nd cd "THIS NEW FOUNDE LANDE" (old English) was launched in Bristol England when they were asked by the Dept of Nfld Tourism to play at the International Festival of the Sea in 1996. See their discography for details.
......."In 1992 we represented Newfoundland at an I.S.M.E. festival in Seoul, Korea and since then, have entertained for national and international conferences, CRUISE SHIPS and COACH TOURS, while always remembering some of our best performances right here in Newfoundland in Parish and Legion Halls, Orange Lodges, schools and Churches. Our show is clean, very entertaining and musical!" says Guy Romaine.
Their 3rd cd "Home,Boys!", is a wonderful cd digitally recorded, very clear, and entertaining! You'll love it too. Songs like Crowd From Up the Hill, Dr.Grenfell, Life in the Outport, Rosin the Bow, This Island,... and even a bonus song "Maggie Madigan-Titanic Survivor". (about a great relative of Mike Madigan's from Askeaton Co Limerick IRELAND where his great grandfather John Madigan was born) "Home,Boys!" also has 13 songs in all like the 1st two cds!
The Sharecroppers say, "We really hope to see you at one of our shows this summer 2018. You'll be wonderfully entertained Newfoundland style!! That we promise!!!!! Hey, it's our 30th year together!!
Cheers~~~~ Ed, Mike and Guy... (Ed Humber, Mike Madigan, Guy Romaine) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Twitter: @musicwithmke