There was a Newfoundland flavour served at the music evening at the Gaia Java Coffee Company shop in Stittsville last Friday.
That's because Rick Hayes, who was born and grew up in Newfoundland, was the headline performer, joined in his performance by R.W. Haller, a local songwriter and musician who will be producing Rick's next record. R.W. accompanied Rick on the guitar and also sang backup vocals.
And while the songs were not necessarily Newfoundland-based, they were songs written by this Newfoundlander, certainly giving them a Newfie connection. Rick was introduced to the world of music by his father back in Newfoundland. Around the age of 15, Rick started writing his own songs, many of which are born from his Newfoundland roots. The songs tend to combine a warm guitar sound with stories that tell about life situations.
He has also been inspired by the country music of those like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, so you get a mix of the two genres, country and Newfoundland folk, in his songs.
Rick has a CD out called "Songs and Companions" which features a dozen of his songs.
Rick was a little late arriving at the coffee shop for the 7 p.m. music evening, delayed in traffic by the Black Friday shoppers. Keeping to his Newfoundland roots, he joked that in reality he was early because he was operating on Newfoundland time which, of course, is a half hour earlier than in Ontario.
But, no matter what his arrival time was, his performance made it well worth any delay to hear this son of Newfoundland deliver his musical offerings.
These Friday music evenings are held at the Gaia Java Coffee Company shop in Stittsville every Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is free but early arrival is recommended for the best seating.