Community Advisory Board

Joan Andersen
is a retired teacher. She has been a volunteer with the White Elephant Museum since its beginning in 1996. Joan collected information on music in Makkovik for a MMaP project which saw the production of a CD entitled From the Big Land, Music of Makkovik featuring Gerald Mitchell.

Tim Borlase  is the Director of the Capitol School of Performing Arts in Moncton and President of the Greater Moncton Music Festival. Borlase lived in Labrador for 30 years, during which time he founded the Labrador Creative Arts Festival, collected and edited two songbooks of Labrador material and was Provincial President of the Association of Cultural Industries. He was honoured to receive the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University for his work in Arts Education and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council life achievement award. He believes that in this age of globalization and interconnectivity, being rooted in one's own culture, heritage and history is essential for young people.

Anna Kearney Guigné is a community-based folklorist with a special interest in ethnomusicology. She received her Ph.D., with distinction, from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004. She is a fellow of Memorial's School of Graduate Studies and an Adjunct Professor at Memorial's School of Music. In 2008, she was the Artistic Director for the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) in St. John's, Newfoundland. In 2010, along with Ian Russell she  subsequently co-edited Crossing Over: Fiddle and Dance Studies from Around the North Atlantic 3. Most recently, for the ICTM 2011 World Conference held in St. John's, she curated the exhibit, Maud Karpeles (1885-1976): A Retrospective of Her Newfoundland Fieldwork, 1929 and 1930.

For over thirty years, Jean Hewson has been a traditional singer, guitarist, music teacher, and event organizer. As part of an award-winning duo with her musical partner Christina Smith, she has brought the music of Newfoundland and Labrador to venues all over North America and the UK. Working on both sides of the stage, Jean has also done programming and artistic direction for The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, The Canadian Folk Music Awards, The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, and the International Council for Traditional Music.

June Hiscock works with Harbour Authority of Burgeo seasonally and enjoys meeting the boating public who visit the archipelago from around the world. Volunteer time is spent with Burgeo Heritage and Museum Committee developing "Hometown Celebrations" in an effort to "Rediscover the heART, MUSIC, and hiSTORIES of the Sou'West Coast" through various programs at the museum and community year round.

Dr. Doreen Helen Klassen is an Associate Professor of Folklore and Anthropology in the Social/Cultural Studies program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research interests include: gesture in women's storytelling (Zimbabwe and Botswana); the politics of public art (wall mural production in Winnipeg, Manitoba); gendered identity in public and private space (laundry practices in western Newfoundland); and Mennonite identity and expressive behaviour (women's lifestories in Belize and Mexico, the politics of Mennonite religous music and vernacular Low German song), and applied ethnomusicology.

Daniel Obediah Payne grew up in the small fishing community of Cow Head, on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. After leaving in his teens to learn music in Ireland, he returned with a mission: to do his part to keep the musical traditions of his home from fading away.

Daniel performs as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on fiddle, mandolin, accordion, flute, whistle, bodhran, and guitar. A wearer of many hats, Daniel has also worked as a composer, musical director, producer, and actor in both theatre and film.


Jim Payne is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, writer, and producer originally from Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. He is a prolific songwriter and owns his own recording label, SingSong Inc. specializing in traditional Newfoundland music. He tours extensively throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Stan Pickett Born on Fair Island, Bonavista Bay, Stan learned how to play the accordion in the early 1950s and played for square dances for a couple of years before resettling to Centreville in 1958. After a long period of not playing, Stan started back playing and learning new skills and repertoire in the early 1990s and has been continually adding to his repertoire. He performs solo and with The Rocket Players at The Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods on Water Street as well as with The Pickett Line at numerous festivals and conventions/conferences etc.

Eric West is a musician, composer, teacher and publisher. Following studies at Carleton University and the Banff School of Fine Arts, he returned to Newfoundland where he established Vinland Music, a company that issues songbooks and sheet music. A number of his compositions may be heard on the CD Gros Morne—A Musical Journey, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Shirley Montague. In 2001 he founded the Vinland Music Camp, dedicated to teaching the music of Newfoundland and Labrador.


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