Grand Bank, N.L.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Grand Bank trio Skidderpup will be among the featured performers at the first Live at Heart Newfoundland music festival.
The festival, being held on the Burin Peninsula, will bring together music industry professionals and musicians from around the world. It is the brand-new sister of the Live At Heart festival In Örebro, Sweden.
Skidderpup – made up of musicians Dave Noseworthy, Damon Greene and Chad Grandy – recently returned from the Swedish festival.
“Sweden was awesome,” said Greene, the band’s drummer. “We met lots of wicked (expletive) bands, met lots of nice people, the people are second to none really, whatever you need, whatever you wanted someone was there to help you out …the organization of it was unreal.”
Greene explained that although the venues that they played in were small, the band started to develop a following during their time in Örebro.
“If you could get about 30 or 40 people in the club you were OK,” explained Greene, “so we started out our first show with about 35 people.”
He added that by their last show they were playing to an audience of 150 people.
There were a few challenges the band had to overcome during their performances.
“Every show that we showed up to, you didn’t know what you were going to have for gear,” explained Noseworthy, the band’s bassist. “Poor Damon, I thought about every show we got to he had a different set of drums.”
“You got to be able to perform in any type of circumstance,” Greene added.
Looking into the future
The trio said that having the opportunity to take part in the festival has opened some doors for them outside the province.
“We met some bands from all over Canada … all over the world the world really …there’s some possibilities there,” explained Greene.
Having played four shows during their time at the festival has better prepared them for what to expect as they take the stage during the shows on the peninsula.
“It’s just as much a part of tourism as it is music, really,” said Grandy, who takes care of guitar and vocals for the trio. “Making the world aware of the Burin Peninsula and the music from here.”
The band will open the shows with a performance during the Newfoundland Music Showcase at the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre on Oct. 10.
The band also has an album of original material in the works, featuring the singles “Runaway Train” and “Chasing You.”
“Hopefully we’ll get an EP out eventually, maybe the new year,” explained Grandy.