Jane Collins Academy hosts sec­ond SchoolS­tock

Young mu­si­cian’s fes­ti­val sees ap­prox­i­mately 40 acts take to the stage in Hare Bay

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front Page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful re­turn of SchoolS­tock last year, or­ga­nizer Rod­ney Vokey said there was no doubt Jane Collins Academy, in Hare Bay, would again host the youth­based music fes­ti­val.

The long-run­ning fes­ti­val was on a four-year hia­tus when staff and stu­dents at Jane Collins Academy de­cided to re­vive it and pro­vide a mu­si­cal out­let for cen­tral stu­dents.

Ap­prox­i­mately 40 acts– made up of more than 70 stu­dents–at­tended the March 29 concert.

“Last year peo­ple were hun­gry for it, and this year, once again, we have a re­ally good turnout,” said Vokey. “Which is great to see be­cause Cen­tral has al­ways had some highly skilled in­di­vid­u­als and they are here to­day.”

One young mu­si­cian who en­joys the fes­ti­val is Hay­ley Tay­lor. It was the sec­ond time for the Gambo teen tak­ing part in SchoolS­tock.

Hay­ley, who re­leased her de­but al­bum “Here We Go!” last year, said events like this pro­vide young mu­si­cians the chance to have their voices heard and to net­work.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to play in front of their peers,” said the 16-yearold.

“There are two peo­ple on my record la­bel that met at an event like this, and they ended up be­com­ing best friends and form­ing a duo.

“So, it re­ally is a great chance to form friend­ships and meet peo­ple who share a sim­i­lar in­ter­est.”

As is cus­tom with the fes­ti­val, the event is also de­signed with an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent.

Prom­i­nent New­found­land and Labrador mu­si­cians are of­ten in­vited to take part in work­shops–rang­ing from song­writ­ing to play­ing styles and ex­plor­ing the in­ner work­ings of the in­dus­try.

This year’s guests in­cluded Kevin Black­more of Buddy Wa­sis­name and the Other Fellers, Glenn Sim­mons of The Fables, Dean Stairs with record­ing stu­dio Citadel House, along with hus­band and wife duo Rob and Krista Gul­lon.

This marked Black­more’s first time tak­ing part in SchoolS­tock. He had heard so many great things about the fes­ti­val that he de­cided to check it out for him­self.

The Buddy Wa­sis­name and the Other Fellers band mem­ber of­fered his tal­ents to stu­dents by hold­ing song­writ­ing work­shops.

“The idea in so­ci­ety is that writ­ing and singing is just an­other way of get­ting your mes­sage across,” said Black­more. “As a song­writer I didn’t have any method­ol­ogy I wanted to im­part on them, I just wanted them to feel val­i­dated about what they have to write about.”

And hav­ing a look at the fes­ti­val’s lineup, he’s quite pleased with cen­tral New­found­land’s up­com­ing tal­ent.

“When I look around the rest of the coun­try, I’m as­tounded by the priv­i­lege that peo­ple have,” he said.

“When we travel out to Al­berta and On­tario, I see these re­ally elab­o­rate music pro­grams ev­ery­where… but still for all that, we are able to cel­e­brate music here in this prov­ince on a much less grandiose scale and still turn out an aw­ful lot of re­ally able stu­dents.”

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Gambo teen Hay­ley Tay­lor gets the au­di­ence revved up with her orig­i­nal “Crank it up” from her de­but al­bum “Here We Go!”

PHO­TOS BY ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Baie Verte Band Edgedancer, pic­tured from left, Zach­ery Par­sons, Sam Pope, Ben Pope, music teacher Neil Clarke, and Ai­den Par­sons pre­formed two orig­i­nals—”Men­tor” and “Storm Blessed”—dur­ing their SchoolS­tock per­for­mance.

Bass player Ty Flynn and drum­mer Aden Pope with the Twilly B’ys, from Twill­ingate, were one of 40 acts to take part in the 15th an­nual SchoolS­tock in Hare Bay on March 29.

Bat­man and Cat­woman stopped by SchoolS­tock 2018 to get the day­long music fes­ti­val un­der­way.

Dur­ing the workshop ses­sions set up for the at­tend­ing per­form­ers, jazz mu­si­cian Rob Gul­lon talked about var­i­ous drum tech­niques.

Glover­town stu­dent Olivia Gar­rett brings for­ward her ver­sion of the Vance Joy song “Rip­tide” on her Ukulele.

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