Folk \ Celtic
Singer/guitarist Jean Hewson has brought the traditional songs and tunes of Newfoundland and Labrador to the world stage for more than 30 years. Highly regarded for her abilities as a traditional singer, arranger and accompanist, she has worked with many of the province’s leading folk musicians, including Christina Smith, Gerry Strong, Daniel Payne, Dave Penny, Frank Maher and Rufus Guinchard.
Jean is member of several traditional folk bands including: Christina Smith and Jean Hewson, The Mahers Bahers, Lomond Sound, and What Odds. Her albums with Smith, Like Ducks! and August Gale, were nominated for East Coast Music Awards in the Roots/Traditional Group of the Year category. In 2005, Jean was nominated for Traditional Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and in 2010 she and Smith received the Tradition Bearer Award from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in recognition of their outstanding work in preserving and passing on the song and instrumental traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jean offers private music lessons in piano and guitar, and has taught extensively at folk music camps, conferences, clinics and events in Canada and the US. She has also worked on the other side of the stage, serving as Artistic Director/Programmer for various traditional/folk music organizations including the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, The Canadian Folk Music Awards, The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, and the International Council of Traditional Music’s Annual Conference. She is also a feature writer for the Canadian folk-roots magazine, Penguin Eggs.