A Final Word for 2013

First of all, I want to apologize for not responding sooner to dedicated fans re: my book, “…and I owe it all to Bridget and John” of which some of you requested that my work be displayed on the buddywasisname web site. After much deliberation, I decided not to go ahead with this idea, but rather leave it alone, as I didn’t want my work interfering in any way, shape or form with the products as listed on our site for sale purposes.

In the meantime, you can purchase my work by contacting me at 709-584-3624, and/or by emailing me at: makeandbreak@hotmail.com. If you wish you can purchase same through some of the local book stores here in the province, and/or contacting my publisher at:info@drcpublishingnl.com

As a follow-up, I wish to inform you all that come this spring my second book, ‘I Know that Voice’ will be released and sold in stores throughout the province. This work is special, in that it contains 16 pieces of music from my old albums, of which a CD is included. As an added bonus, I decided to record my father, the late Johnny Johnson, who I might add is singing two songs you may be familiar with.

The book as mentioned contains 16 pieces that includes the lyrics, music score, photos and stores on each piece.

Finally, a note on the past year; just to say that the band owes a great deal of gratitude to all of our dedicated fans who made 2013 a special time, in this our 30th anniversary.

Saying Thanks

First of all, I want to thank the fans who came out to support the boys Arts and Culture Centre tour that took place here on the island during February, March and April. It was a great success indeed. As well, a special thank you to our fans in Ontario for the six shows we did there a while back.

Recently I was called upon to respond to my fans and friends if I was considering another book. At this time, I’m happy to report that a second volume is it’s final stages and should be released sometime this summer or fall. Again, the work is called “I Know That Voice” This book is based on input from friends who wanted to hear some of my old recordings, all of which will include an Overture I have written in promoting the CD that contains 15 pieces from 6 albums, along with the music score, story and photos and stories of each individual piece as heard on the CD that is attached to the book for ones listening pleasure.

Finally, just a simple thank you to the many dedicated fans who wanted photos taken with the band. It goes to show how many of you are wanting to be part of our music and the love we have for this place we call Newfoundland & Labrador.

More Blog Thoughts

Since my last report I have been quite busy with the band whereby we have toured the Maritimes and, just recently Labrador City and Goose Bay where the temperature was quite low as oppose to mainland Newfoundland. As usual though, the people in Labrador treated us like kings. The invitations from fans for a meal or two was quite outstanding, of which I want to tank you.

Apart from the above, just to mention we did 5 sold out shows in Grand Falls. I was blown away with the number of young people who came out to see us. Great indeed!

On a personal note, I would like to let you all know that I have been working on a 6 ft. model of the R.M.S. Titanic. The whole hull has been completed with potholes drilled, thus allowing the lights that were installed inside of the structure to show up at night. Now the only thing remaining is to work on all the upper decks and place the four funnels in place, all of which will display the model’s true colors as was the Titanic known for back in 1912. Once the model is complete, I hope to add photo for your enjoyment and interest.

With regards to another book, I’m happy to report that a second volume is in the making. More on this in the months ahead.

The Master Boat Builder: Henry Vokey

Back in June of this year I had the honor and privilege to meet Newfoundland’s and Labrador’s Master Boat Builder, Henry Vokey in the beautiful community of Trinity. The purpose of my going to Trinity was to take in an event that will go down in history as Henry launched his 44 ft. schooner. The crowd that was hand gave him such an applause that the whole town teary ide as they were felt the spiritual conviction looming beyond the horizon.

Following the launching, there was a find get toether at the town hall where people spoke and shook hands with the Master builder and, of course, I was one of those people who shook his hand. When we shook hands there was a bond that simply was magical. I told him it was an honor to meet him and ‘likewise’ he said. Right after his comment, he asked, ‘did you bring along your accordion’ Yes I told him.

From there and until the wee hours of the afternoon he and I shared stories that will remain with me for a long time to come.

Incidentally, he presented me with a beautiful picture of his schooner and several photos of himslef.


We Are Grateful

There comes a time in ones musical career to say how gratifying its been to be part of the Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers team. The last few years have been quite remarkable in that the support from our dedicated fans is growing and that the new & up-coming audience leads us to believe we have still a bright future ahead of us. Based on your handshakes, emails, phone calls, personal encounters, it would also appear that the material we share with each and everyone of you is reaching down inside of you and taking hold, thus giving an indication that you are true to the highest core. As far as I am concerned these types of comments cannot go un-noticed; afterall, it’s you the audience who puts Buddywasisname team to the forefront of entertainment, of which we are grateful. A BIG thank you indeed.

Ray J.


I would like to ‘thank’ all my dedicated fans who purchased our book as well as those who came forward with their comments re: the tunes shared during the book signings, etc. Contact such as this can never go un-noticed and so I wish to let you all know how much all of this is appreciated.

All the best!

A Story or Two

Story #1. In the Community of Caplin Cove, here on the North Shore of Conception Bay there was once lived a lady who was always frightened by the sound of thunder. Her husband who played the accordion, of which she hated with a passion longed for her husband to arrive home from work so he could pick up the accordion and drown out the sound of thunder before bedtime. Once home, the husband did as was requested and at last she was able to go to bed without being distribued by the thunder. True story as told by her son from Caplin Cove

Story #2. This past weekend I had the privilege
to attend the Accordion Festival in Eastport. To say the least I was amazed at the number of young students who took part in the festival. They ranged from 10 years of age to people in their sixties. As a performer of the accordion myself, it’s great to report that such an event as the Eastport Accordion Festival is truly a remarkable event in promoting our young people to take an interest in the accordion and or heritage and culture at its best.

A Few More Stories

Toronto Subway

Early in Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers career, say late 80′s or early 90′s we were returning from a friends home in Toronto when it was time to head back to our place of destination by means of travelling on the subway. While on the train I noticed that some of the people on board looked a bit grim and didn’t appear to be too happy. I hinted to by two cohorts Kevin and Wayne about this and they immediately suggested that I take out the accordion and play a piece or two. I played a couple of up tempo tunes, of which people took a liken to. The faces that were once of a sad state were now less stressfulfull and full of cheer.


I remember on one of our Albert tours going to an Italian Music Store in the Edmonton area to purchase an accordion. At that time I had an accordion that I was interested trading in on a new one. As luck would have it, the salesperson was able to suggest trading my accordion in on a three-row Italian model, of which I later used in the shows as performed by BWATOF’s.

The unique thing about the above is that the same accordion that I had traded in ended up in the hands of someone originally from Wayne Chaulk’s hometown of Charlettotown, B. Bay. NL.

Some More Thoughts

”Thinking with your pen in hand will get to the heart of your subject”. Words by Oswald Chambers

Of all the things I have come to know and experience, the story of resettlement has to be the most significant impact on me. Therefore, it’s for this reason I sing, play, perform and recite her parises of this wonderful place we call Newfoundland and Labrador.

Again, as a follow-up, I wish to include a short story about an elderly gentleman (now deceased) who, when asked if he would be part of my book I just released, his reply was , ”Well Ray, it’s like this, I’m a book in itself”


I realize that ‘Music Unlimited’ speaks volumes, especially where ‘Melody’ is invloved. At the same time, I cannot say the same thing as relating to present-day Rap music, only to mention that the Cap worn by the so called Rappers has created an imagine whereby the thought of ‘Melody’ has been shot to the one side, thus leaving the music world in a two-way frenzy.

Re: the Cap Routine, should Buddy Wasisname take on this role, I’m sure he would do a fabulous character without having to omit ‘Melody’ that would in turn formulate an ingenius comedic performance that many would come to enjoy.

Finally, and, as many of our fans have come to appreciate, ‘Melody’ in such songs as ‘Sarah’ and Saltwater Joys’ have proven to be a highlight on the Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers concert stage and throughout the country, thus giving a true impression that ‘Melody’ is indeed here to stay.

-Ray Johnson