Singer/guitarist Jean Hewson has been collecting and performing the traditional songs and tunes of Newfoundland and Labrador for more than thirty 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. Years of performing at folk festivals, concert halls and seminar rooms throughout North America and the UK have honed her skills as an entertainer and raconteur; her wicked wit and humourous stories, combined with haunting ballads and lively ditties, make her one of the province’s most engaging performers.
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.