Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Folk music and comedy act formed in Glovertown, NL, in 1983, with Kevin Blackmore (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Wayne Chaulk (vocals, guitar, mandolin), and Ray Johnson (vocals, accordion, fiddle).

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Folk music and comedy act formed in Glovertown, NL, in 1983, with Kevin Blackmore (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Wayne Chaulk (vocals, guitar, mandolin), and Ray Johnson (vocals, accordion, fiddle). Buddy Wasisname (Blackmore) and the Other Fellers began performing together part-time in 1983 as The Island Three. They adopted their current moniker shortly after, and by 1987 had decided to forgo their careers to focus exclusively on music.

Their debut album, Makin' For The Harbour (Third Wave Productions TWP 004), was released in 1986 and has been followed by more than fifteen independently released albums. The group's narrative tracks are primarily acoustic and are accompanied by rich vocal harmonies. Their repertoire encompasses both poignant folk songs ("Sarah" and "Saltwater Joys") and humorous reflections on Newfoundland culture ("Gotta Get Me Moose B'y" and "Salt Beef Junkie").

Infamous for their uproarious stage shows and their ability to poke fun at the idiosyncrasies of Newfoundlanders, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers are one of Atlantic Canada's most active touring bands. Their theatrical live shows have fused comedic and traditional music with skits and monologues, and as Billboard magazine's Larry LeBlanc noted, are known for "leaving audiences breathless with laughter."

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers have won numerous Music Industry Association of Newfoundland awards, including entertainer of the year in 1999. They have also been nominated for two East Coast Music Awards.

Selected Discography

Flatout. 1990. Third Wave Productions TWP003

The Miracle Cure! 1992. Third Wave Productions TWP 005

100% Pure. 1993. Third Wave Productions TWP006

Salt Beef Junkie. 1995. Third Wave Productions TWPCD 007

d'Lard Liftin'. 1998. Third Wave Productions TWPCD 010

The Serious Stuff. 2001. Third Wave Productions TWP 013

Up Boot. 2002. Third Wave Productions TWP 014

Take'er, Johnson. 2006. Third Wave Productions TWPCD 018

The Serious Stuff Vol. 2. 2010. Third Wave Productions TWPCD 020


Further Reading

  • Cross, Brian. "Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers: Classic 'rock' for the homesick Newfoundlander," Ottawa Citizen, 10 Jun 1993

    LeBlanc, Larry. "Newfoundland folk group brings fans home," Billboard, vol 106, no 31, 1994

    Chamberlain, Adrian. "The healing powers of Buddy Wasisname," Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC), 6 Mar 1999

    Doolan, Susan. "Wasisname? Buddy of course," Examiner (Barrie, Ont), 28 Apr 2000

    Lamb-Yorski, Monica. "Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers," Daily News (Prince Rupert, BC), 12 Mar 2002