Welcome to the Newmarket Folk Society website!

After more than two and half years we will be resuming our concerts at the Newmarket Legion We have missed seeing all of you and look forward to enjoying live music with you again. We will be having 6 concerts this season and will be providing information on them very soon. Here are the dates that are confirmed so far, October 29, November 25, January 28, April 22, May 27. We have March 18 reserved but a performer is not yet confirmed.

But to start things off we are very happy to announce that our first concert this fall will be on October 29th when we will be presenting John Prince and A Piece of the Rock! We have had John perform for us before so many of you are familiar with him.

John Prince and a Piece of the Rock

Date: October 29. 2022

Time: 8:00 PM doors open at 7:15 PM

Location: the Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley St., Newmarket

Tickets: $25:00 available by e-transfer to newmarketfolk@gmail.com please ad an email address or phone # so we can get hold of you if needed

We are working on setting up other ways to buy tickets, such as PayPal and will let you know as soon as we have.


Offering a diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and blue grass music, this group of talented musicians, John Prince, Bruce McDaniel, Joe Sexton and Donny Wood has been entertaining enthusiastic audiences throughout Ontario and the Maritimes and beyond for many years both individually and as members of “John Prince & A Piece of the Rock”.

Their strong vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies as they perform old favourites and original compositions, present a memorable musical experience that leaves audiences yearning for more.



A native of Princeton, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, John relocated to Ontario in the mid 1970s. He has performed with various East Coast artists including Dick Nolan, the Bay Boys and the late John Allen Cameron. His musical influences range from his roots in traditional and maritime music to country/rock with the Eagles and country with Merle Haggard to the haunting ballads of Gordon Lightfoot.

A gifted songsmith, his songs have been performed by many artists across Canada and his “Newfoundland Blessing” was featured in the musical “No Change In The Weather”.

With his rhythmic ‘finger-style’ guitar and warm melodic voice, John leads audiences on a musical journey they will long remember.


Born and raised in Toronto, Bruce began playing guitar at the age of 12, picking out fiddle tunes learned from a friend of his father. Over the years he has played in many local bands in styles from blues with the John Carr Band, rock with Tin Pan Alley and country with Terry Sumsion.

Bruce’s fluid ‘flat picking’ guitar style, his ‘blazing’ mandolin licks and strong harmony vocals are an integral part of the band’s sound. John refers to Bruce as “Canada’s best kept secret”.


Joe’s music career began early when in his hometown of Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, he was featured playing accordion and harmonica in the National Film Board’s 1966 film “The Children of Fogo Island”. Over the years, Joe has continued to entertain family and friends with his accordion, harmonica, acoustic guitar and harmony vocals. His musical talents have led him to studio sessions with various artists.


Originally from Oxford, Nova Scotia, Donny began playing piano at age 6 with his father a fiddle and accordion player. Equally adept on bass or piano, he has toured extensively throughout North America and the U.K. with The Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers and the Scottish Accent Band. He has shared the stage with country legend George Jones and Scotland’s Andy Stewart as well as Canadian entertainers  J.K. Gulley, John Allen Cameron and fiddler Graham Townsend. A seasoned session player, Donny brings a wealth of experience to the band.