Armed with a love of jigs, reels and ballads honoured in Newfoundland and an energy found more often in 3 piece punk rock bands than 5 piece folk acts, The Dardanelles have established themselves as the leading traditional band coming out of Newfoundland. Their reverence for traditional music, as well as their unabashedly progressive approach has made for a dynamic live show that has shaken national and international festivals including Winnipeg and Mariposa Folk Festivals and as far away as Glasgow and Australia.
Their latest album "The Eastern Light" was produced by Irish guitar phenom John Doyle and has been garnering rave reviews from critics all over the world. It has been called a "a thoroughly satisfying, dynamic experience from beginning to end" and has remained one of the province's best sellers since its 2012 release.
Still in their twenties, they’ve intuitively become the keepers of songs we love and have sought out tunes that may have otherwise been lost to the culture forever. The Dardanelles are a new breed of folk musician with a wide sense of the world, out to show that Newfoundland traditional music is alive, vibrant, and powerful. The Dards are:
- Matthew Byrne (vocals, bouzouki, guitar)
- Rich Klaas (bodhran, percussion)
- Tom Power (vocals, guitar)
- Aaron Collis (button accordion)
- Emilia Bartellas (fiddle)