Begun in 2014, an “up and coming” band, housed in Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada, SONA is a small vibrant quartet of teenagers - Autumn & Summer Arsenault from Burton, Sidney Murgatroyd, from Fredericton North and Spencer Tapley, from Stanley - are bursting at the seams, emphasizing multi lovely levels of harmony, performing various types of traditional and contemporary folk from Celtic and other “music worlds”. Singing both a cappella and with accompaniment, they are able to get toes a-tapping with their lively instrumentals. These four young people have come together to form "SONA" – Gaelic word which means happy, lucky, fortunate in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
Able to sing in three languages (English, French, Gaelic), they perform music from as early as the 1600's right up to and including today's traditional scene. With voice, fiddle, viola, mandolin, guitar and percussion; step dancing and urban style rhythms are featured as well. They enjoy performing original works from New Brunswick and other singer–song writers, incuding some of their own. All music that they perform is always arranged by themselves. Their first own composition - "Sona's Hornpipe / Between Seasons", just this past winter, has already been made into a video, thanks to Ron Bagnell of Freelake Promotions and Trevor Jones of Videosphere.
November, 2014, at the New Brunswick Musicians Emerge Festival, they were one of ten bands chosen from over seventy throughout New Brunswick. Autumn, Summer, Sidney and Spencer were delighted with what they learned, while gaining valuable advice and experience. Of course they were thrilled when they were awarded the professional audio recording prize from 2 Dog Productions for one song.
They are looking forward to a busy summer with performances at
Fredericton North Summer Concert Series,
Saint Anne's Chapel of Ease Noon Hour Summer Concert Series
Oromocto Summer Concert Series
Neely G Festival (both a showcase and the opening act of the final concert,
NB Highland Games & Scottish Festival
58th Miramichi Folk Song Festival.