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St. John’s Christmas Show on December 28th

December 3, 2014

It’s just about Christmas time, and if you’re not already home, you’re heading there. It’s the time of year when you get to party, dance, wear horrible sweaters and eat way too many nanaimo bars. Well let us help you join in the revelry. We’ll be doing a Christmas show where you can dance, drink, and see some friends you haven’t seen in a while across from you on the floor.

We didn’t get to play in St. John’s this summer since the Folk Festival was rained out, so think of this as our return, our chance to make up for missed opportunities. And since everyone has a million things on the go – this gig will be half early, at least by St. John’s standards.
We can’t wait to play for you, and for you to have a dance with us! Gig information is available right here – get your tickets early!

Fall update

October 2, 2014

Hey b’ys,

Been a while since our last update and like most folky/trad bands we’re still winding down after a whirlwind summer. We had so much fun camping at Blue Skies, wading through the smoke in Yellowknife, getting up to our shins in rain back home in Newfoundland and shutting the bars down in beautiful Montana. Since then we’ve been taking a little time to ourselves. Matthew has been promoting and touring his (latest) tremendous solo record – Hearts & Heroes – that you can listen to here, Emilia’s back to school, Aaron’s nonstop playing in St. John’s with the likes of The Irish Descendants and Rum Ragged (and Aaron and Emilia’s album just went up on iTunes and is available here) and Rich is keeping the old fort safe working for Parks Canada at Cape Spear. As for me? Well I’m holding down another fort working on CBC Radio 2 and even getting to guest host Q for Jian Ghomeshi which was pretty cool.

Anyway, we’re looking forward to getting back at it – and we’re happy to announce we’re coming back to Toronto. On Nov 29 we’ll be playing the iconic Mod Club, opening up for Jim Cuddy Band for the Smiling Land foundation. This is a gig for a worthy cause, which you can read more about right here. The night before that we’re back at one of our favourite mainland haunts – The Sharbot Lake Inn. Shows at that wonderful venue tend to sell out super quickly so make sure to get your tickets soon.

We’re just finalizing details but keep your eyes to this page because in the next day or so we’ll be able to announce our big annual Christmas show in St. John’s. No rest for the weary!


Happy Festival Season!

June 20, 2014

Hey b’ys,

So the most exciting time of year for a folk band is coming up – summer festival season. The time of year where you stand on stages surrounded by your heroes, or by other weird young folkies and play music from morning to night. We have an exciting festival season coming up this year. Pumped to head out to Montana for the first time and then off to Yellowknife for our debut appearance at Folk on the Rocks. Blue Skies is a legendary Ontarian festival so we’re excited to see the festival that has so much buzz in our world.

Also, we’re excited to announce that we’re headlining the Friday night on the home rink at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival. Check out the ‘dates’ section of the website to see where you can see us this summer. HAPPY FESTIVAL SEASON!


Gearing up for Scotland tour.

February 18, 2014

Hey b’ys,

Working on some very cool stuff here in the Dards camp. Excited to say we’ll be doing our first tour of Scotland this April. After the reception we got last time we were over for a few gigs, we’re pumped to get back.

We’ll be playing the prestigious Shetland Folk Festival and for a week or so before that we’ll be playing some Scotland’s coolest folk clubs. If you know anyone hanging out over there, send ‘em our way.

Besides that there’s lots going behind the scenes – with Matthew finishing off his latest solo record, Tom playing duo gigs in Toronto with John Showman, and Emilia & Aaron continuing their dominance of the trad-duo world. But we can’t wait to get together and play again. To see our next dates, click here.

More news soon! Wahoo!!


LSPU Hall recap, Aaron & Emilia’s cd release, and Merry Christmas!

December 9, 2013

Hey folks,

The holidays are upon us, and we’re looking forward to having all of us back in town for the Holidays. We get 2 or 3 days together before Aaron ships off for a family Christmas in Ontario and Emilia heads over the Scotland – but believe me, we’ll be hanging in that little window. We certainly hope you get a chance to get home for Christmas too.

We won’t be doing a ‘holiday’ show since we had such an amazing weekend of shows at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s. Both shows sold out in advance and it felt so great to see the community come out and support us, and support traditional music. An honour to have Kelly Russell, Anita Best and Allan Byrne join us as well. The great Hugo LeBlanc came by on Sunday night and took a few snaps so if you couldn’t be there, you can live it through his photos here.

In the meantime, Emilia and Aaron’s CD release went spectacularly with a sold-out crowd there as well. We’re all so proud of the b’ys and hope you get a chance to pick up their record. SPEAKING OF, you know nothing makes a better Christmas present than the gift of Newfoundland music (shameless plug beginning), and we just want to make sure you’re aware that you can buy all of our CD’s, side-projects included at the albums section of our website. Just click here…there you go.

Alright, well Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and if you’re in Newfoundland hopefully we’ll see you around! Have a glass of egg nog!


The Dardanelles @ The LSPU Hall – November 23-24

October 24, 2013

Dards LSPU Hall Poster

Exciting times in the Dards camp and we hope everything is exciting with you too. First of all, because we can’t wait to say it, we’re doing a show at home! That’s right, after years of playing bars at home and theatres everywhere else, we’re doing a show for people who don’t want to stay up till 3 in the morning to see us. We’ll be playing the iconic LSPU Hall on November 23rd & 24th. Tickets are available here and make sure to get yours soon because we have a feeling they’ll go fast.

We just finished up a really fun gig for opening night of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for the première of The Grand Seduction. Our songs ‘Polly Moore’ was featured in the film so we were invited to the screening and to play a few tunes afterwards for a dance. If you get a chance to see this film, do it. It is absolutely hilarious and in my (Tom’s) opinion it is the funniest film ever to come out of Newfoundland. Such an honour to be part of it.

We’ll have more stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks, including information about the amazing side-project from Emilia and Aaron, and where you can see us over Christmas. In the mean time, have a glass of pepsi or something – you’re wasting away.


Fall shows: Newfoundland, Ontario, Richmond

September 19, 2013

Hey b’ys

After the craziness of the summer it was nice to have a little bit of time to straighten everything else out before we hit the road again playing jams. We’re pumped to return to the Roots, Rants, and Roars food festival in Elliston with some of our best pals (Fortunate Ones, The Once, Amelia Curran…who frankly could use the number one in her name). It’s a food festival where some of the top chefs in the country and our province come together to show their stuff, and we’re excited to be there to play music and aid in the consumption of said food. It’s already sold out, which is a bummer, but there’s always next year!

Then we’re off to Ontario for a run of dates in some of our favourite rooms. The first is a big night for Newfoundlanders (specifically Memorial graduates) abroad in Toronto – the Toronto Affinity Celebration. Then we’re off to a new venue for us, the Stonecroft Folk Club. We’ve never played it but some of our friends have told us it’s one of the best venues in Canada for listening to folk music. Then to Sharbot Lake, which is the undiscovered crown jewel of venues in this country – a venue run by Newfoundlanders in the middle of Ontario – sure whaddya want? Jam on it? Then we’re off to the grand church of folk music in Ontario, Hugh’s Room, for what will be a fun night in the big smoke. We’re excited to have Devin Cuddy (yes, of those Cuddy’s) opening for us at Hugh’s.

Then we make our first major inroad into the US at the Richmond Folk Festival in Virginia. We’re spreading the doctrine, folks! Try and stop us!

Then lots more going on. Aaron and Emilia are getting ready to release their debut side project, Matthew is getting ready to release his sophomore effort and Rich is working hard crunching the numbers for all of it. I’m flat out at CBC doing the morning show and Deep Roots…but expect something very special for the new year, including our first ever European tour.

And new music! Where does it stop? Here!


Summer update!

July 9, 2013

Hey folks,

Summer is upon us, and for your friendly neighbourhood folk band that means festival season. We’re so excited to get back across this country playing Newfoundland music…surprisingly not just for Newfoundlanders. We’ll be stopping in Ontario and Quebec mainly, but plans are in the works for our first ever run out west.

In other news, Aaron and Emilia just finished up work on their debut duo album. They went in studio at CBC in Newfoundland and recorded a few tunes, you can catch that performance here. Matthew is working on his second solo record as well…all hotly anticipated. I’m working at CBC and Rich is fixing the financial minds of the province. Overall things are great, but we can’t wait to get back at it.

This is cool – our good buddy Phil Maloney (and his assistant, Tim Baker) came out with us to the Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival in Norris Point and made a mini-doc about us performing with one of our heroes, Kelly Russell. You can check out the video here:

Cool hey? We’ll have more dates up as they come. And if you can’t make the shows, feel free to pass them on to someone who can. Can’t wait for a few deck beers with you crowd.


Gearing up for shows with Kelly Russell, side projects, and Summer festivals.

May 9, 2013

Things are nice and relaxed on the Dards front these days, but we’re just resting up for a busy time coming up. We’ll be heading to one of our favourite festivals – the Tales Trails and Tunes Festival in Norris Point – to do something that we’ve wanted to do for a while. We’ll be doing a gig with Kelly Russell. If you don’t know Kelly, it’s not a huge stretch to say that he’s the most vital living member of the Newfoundland fiddling tradition. This is a guy who went out to rural communities, and collected the majority of the tunes that we play in our group. He also has a dynamic, unique and powerful style – and we’re eager to get the chance to play with him. It’s gonna be deadly.

After that the summer festival season begins. We’re excited to get to play around the mainland including all around Ontario and Quebec. And maybe even another sneaky show back home…but more about that as we get closer to it. Right now, we’re rosin-ing, tuning, polishing and getting ready for the next chapter of The Dards. Can’t wait to see you for it.