As a singer, story-teller and poet, David Newland is whimsical and poignant. His songwriting constantly returns to nature, and is infused with a deep appreciation for Canada’s natural beauty. His stage patter is unique: random, funny, and profound — sometimes in a single spontaneous sentence. He frequently performs selections of ‘Zen Canadiana’ poetry as spoken word pieces.
“His songwriting—which celebrates the basic, small-town, homey pleasures of things like bare feet on a gravel road, strawberry season, and autumn leaves—while universal, is precise and beautifully integrated into the music in a way that seems inevitable.” – Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs
Give It A Whirl (2012), David Newland’s first studio album, was produced by two-time Juno nominee Gregg Lawless. The album features the likes of John Sheard, George Koller, Dala, Kirsten Jones, and members of Quartette, The Good Lovelies and The Bebop Cowboys. Hear tracks from Give it a Whirl on demand at CBC Music.
David has released two live CDs, Evergreen, in 2003 and Roll Away in 2005, and an independent cassette, Of Moose and Men in 1995.
David Newland’s success as a songwriter includes Riding on the Railway, the theme song for the CTV feature Canada’s Greatest Ride, in which David also appears and performs on a train crossing Canada. David’s canoe anthem Faster Than You Know won “Best Music” at the Waterwalker Film Festival, and ukulele favourite That’s the Miracle was featured prominently in CBC’s The Gospel According to Uke.
Aengus Finnan has been a strong supporter of David’s work, frequently performing his songs in his concerts. David’s song When the Whistle Blows appears on Aengus Finnan’s 2013 live album, Once Upon A Time.
Give It A Whirl hit the folk chart at CFRC Kingston. Songs from Give It A Whirl have been heard on Galaxie Folk Roots, the Canadian Roots stream at CBC Music,, Northumberland 89.7, Radio That Doesn’t Suck and many radio shows, including CBC Radio’s ‘Fresh Air‘, Sunday Street on WUSB, Folk Plus, Roots Music Canada radio on The Grand 92.9, Folk Roots Radio, Folk Music and Other Stuff on WIOX, Woody’s Children on WFUV, Mariposa Music on Sunshine 89.1 Orillia, Just Us Folk on Country 1380 in Brantford, Acoustic Workshop on CIUT, In the Studio on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, Jen’s Bent on LUradio Thunder Bay, Border City Roots on CJAM 99.1 Windsor/Detroit, Songs from the Wood on CKWR Waterloo, Acoustic Planet on Main Street Radio 88.1 from Erin, ON, Back to the Sugar Camp on CIUT, and more.