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Waterfront Fire has busy summer and fall ahead with province and European bookings

Members of the band Waterfront Fire have a busy summer and fall planned with provincial and European bookings, starting off at MusicFest in Stephenville, from where two of its members hail.
Members of the band Waterfront Fire have a busy summer and fall planned with provincial and European bookings, starting off at MusicFest in Stephenville, from where two of its members hail. - Contributed

Andrew Boyd and Ben Thistle, originally from Stephenville, are looking forward to being on stage and playing in front of family and friends during this summer’s MusicFest.

The two guitarists with Waterfront Fire say it’s good to be coming home to perform songs from their new album “Stillwater Lake,” along with other tunes during their one-hour set.

MusicFest, sponsored by the Stephenville Theatre Festival, is taking place at Stephenville Dome on Aug. 4 with doors opening at 7 p.m. and entertainment from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Based in St. John’s, Waterfront Fire’s music is a blend of modern rock, introspective lyrics, soaring vocals and progressive arrangements.

In addition to the members with Stephenville roots, the other members of the band are: Paul Brace, bass player and backup vocals; Dan George, drummer; and Jordan Coaker, lead singer.

Boyd said it’s been three years since the band played in Stephenville and he’s looking forward to playing at The Dome.

While he doesn’t have any memories of the former MusicFest in Stephenville, he’s glad it’s been resurrected and feels the town and area needs an event like that.

“It’s a good excuse to go out and have a good time and hear some great music,” Boyd said.

Both Boyd and Thistle were members of the high school concert band while growing up in Stephenville and students of music instructor Howard Larade, who will be playing with Claude’s Friggin’ Big Band at MusicFest, so they’re looking forward to doing some reminiscing with him.

“It’s going to be cool – family, friends and even a former mentor,” Boyd said.

Playing at MusicFest is one of a number of opportunities that Waterfront Fire is enjoying this year. Back in St. John’s on Aug. 24 they will have their album release show.

At the end of August they will travel to Europe, flying into Dublin, Ireland, on the 31st and play a show there before flying off to Germany for another show. Then they’re off to Denmark and to Sweden to perform at the Live at Heart Festival in Orebro from Sept. 4-8.

While there the band will take in an industry conference with representatives from that part of the world.

“This will be out first European tour and hopefully not the last as we’re already looking at returning there next year,” Boyd said.

Back in St. John’s the band will playi another big show on Sept. 17 at the Iceberg Alley Performance Tent Festival where they’ll open for rock band Billy Talent.

“This is a band that influenced us a lot in high school when we first started out, so it will be cool to play with them,” Boyd said.

Waterfront Fire received an ECMA nomination for Rising Star of the Year (2017), and received MusicNL awards for Alternative Recording of the Year (2015 – “First Light”) and Rising Start of the Year (2016).

MusicFest 2018 Evening Show Lineup

8 p.m. – MPH – Local three-piece band.

9 p.m. – Waterfront Fire – Five-member St. John’s band with Stephenville connection.

10 p.m. – Claude’s Friggin’ Big Band – Ten-piece band of local musicians.

11:30 p.m. – The Mixed Tapes Band – Five-member band with 80s sound.

1 a.m. on – Smuggler’s Cove – Four-piece local band.

Source: Stephenville Theatre Festival

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