The Janeway Telethon has a rich history of heartwarming videos featuring local musicians collaborating for the best of causes: sick kids. (click here for proof)
The latest iteration comes in the form of local folk heroes The Once accompanying the best kids-music act in town, The Swinging Belles, for their track, “Bounce Back.” See the video above.
“We were delighted when we were approached by Ruth Lawrence and Nine Island Productions to write the pre-show song for the lead up to the Janeway Telethon,” Erin Power said. She plays the mandolin and tenor ukelele for The Swinging Belles, who are rounded out by guitar virtuoso Duane Andrews, and with Laura Winter on the banjo and soprano ukelele.
“Laura and I work with children every day and know how essential the Janeway is in keeping our kids safe and healthy. As parents, Duane and I have experienced first hand the top-quality care offered by the doctors, the nurses and all the staff at the Janeway.”
The Once were on tour in the UK as this video project came together, but they quickly and graciously jumped on board. “It all came together very fast and they happily added their magic to the song. They are incredible musicians and so connected to the community. It was no surprise that they agreed to do it,” Power said.
In our initial discussion around the song, we all thought back to times that landed us at the Janeway when we were kids. I would say anyone who has grown up here has had an experience which landed them at the Janeway whether that was an illness or an injury.
Part of The Swinging Belles’ charm — you know, besides those killer harmonies and catchy tunes — is their lyrics. The theme for this particular song was of course fitting. “In our initial discussion around the song, we all thought back to times that landed us at the Janeway when we were kids. I would say anyone who has grown up here has had an experience which landed them at the Janeway whether that was an illness or an injury. We talked about how kids are so remarkable in their strength and their resilience. We can learn so much from them. They know how to tackle things head on and, with love and support, they work hard to bounce back from whatever has knocked them down.”
As for the cameos in the video, Power says they “remind us that everyone, both young and old alike, have relied on the doctors, the nurses and all the staff at the Janeway at some point in their lives. Supporting the Janeway is supporting the health and well-being of our community.” Ruth Lawrence, who directed the video, organized the cameos.
With the end of the school year fast approaching, the band has a “Swing into Summer” show coming up at the Rocket Room on June 27th at 1:30pm. Tickets are $15 and kids under 5 get in for free. Don’t miss it. And if you do, catch them instead at this summer’s NL Folk Festival