ABOUT THE SONGHOUSE

Join host Sean Sullivan as he takes you on a two-hour musical getaway in his old fashioned kitchen in his hometown of Calvert, on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. Sean will be joined by a special guest musician at every session where they both will serve you up an authentic song session that is both engaging & entertaining! He will draw on his experience growing up in a house where songs and stories were a major part of his Irish-Newfoundland heritage. It all happens in an exclusive and intimate setting where guests are encouraged to share their talents as well.

Sullivan’s Songhouse will be open for the popular tourism months of June – October. Sessions will take place on Wednesday & Saturday afternoons from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. The cost will be $25.00 per person with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 25 people. This is a family friendly event that is alcohol free.

Sullivan’s Songhouse is proud to be a member of Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador. 

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan

Vocals, Guitar

Sean Sullivan hails from Calvert on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. He remembers growing up surrounded by wonderful unaccompanied singing by his mother, grandfather, uncles and aunts at an early age. It wasn’t long before he regularly joined in the sessions with some of his other siblings. He learned to play rhythm guitar in his early twenties and has been singing in some form or another ever since. Sean is one half of a folk duo called Sullivan & Slaney and they have enjoyed modest success both at home and abroad. They released their first CD entitled ‘Another Good Night’ in 2014 and have since played in Ireland in the summer of 2016, Joanie Madden’s Folk’N Irish Cruise in the Caribbean in February 2017, and at the Tim Horton’s Brier at the Convention Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland in March of last year. They play regularly at the Irish bars around St. John’s, as well as a number of festivals around the Avalon, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in Bannerman Park last August.

Sheldon Thornhill
Sheldon Thornhill

Vocals, Accordian

Sheldon Thornhill is a world class entertainer who perfectly embodies the Newfoundland spirit and his personality is infectious! Sheldon's unique style of playing the button accordian while singing at the same time (not an easy feat) is a site to be behold. Sheldon was a major part of a group called the Soirees who took their music all around the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland for 17 years and recorded several albums in the process. He is also a major force with The Concert Crowd...a non-for-profit group who have been raising money for charities for decades now while bringing first class entertainment to cultural centers in St. John's and surrounding areas. He is quickly becoming a fixture with Sullivan & Slaney at the majority of their shows at the Irish bars in and around St. Johns. Sheldon was the man that took out his accordian first and started the now famous kitchen party at Toronto Pearson Airport last November that went viral shortly afterwards.

Rob Slaney
Rob Slaney

Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin

Rob Slaney is from Marystown on the Burin Peninsula and now lives in Witless Bay. Rob is a talented multi-instrumentalist and a beautiful ballad singer. He first took to the guitar and soon followed with mandolin in his early teens. Recently he has a new favorite instrument, an octave mandola, that was handcrafted by his father, Carlo. Rob is one half of a folk duo called Sullivan & Slaney and they have enjoyed modest success both at home and abroad. They released their first CD entitled ‘Another Good Night’ in 2014 and have since played in Ireland in the summer of 2016, Joanie Madden’s Folk’N Irish Cruise in the Caribbean in February 2017, and at the Tim Horton’s Brier at the Convention Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland in March of last year. They play regularly at the Irish bars around St. John’s, as well as a number of festivals around the Avalon, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in Bannerman Park last August.

Denis Sullivan
Denis Sullivan

Vocals, Guitar

Denis Sullivan is the lead singer of the Newfoundland band Slainte. He is a native of Calvert on the Southern Shore (and Sean's younger brother). Denis works and lives in Clarenville, Newfoundland where Slainte is based. They released their debut CD entitled Taste the Best of Life in 2013. The band is known for its upbeat set list and light-hearted stage presence. Denis has also been known to pen some lyrics of his own including the tounge in cheek song Taste the Best of Life and the tribute song to his Irish musical heritage My Mother Sang of Ireland. Denis maintains a summer place in Calvert and can be found there most weekends. He won’t tell you this himself but he is one of Newfoundland’s finest at doing old-fashioned recitations.