Located in historic downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland Fred’s Records opened its door in 1972. Specializing in Newfoundland and Irish Traditional music Fred’s carries a wide selection of all genres and our staff is the most knowledgeable in the province. We have always been St. John’s leading record store catering to everyone from the casual listener to the die hard music aficionado. Fred’s is a can’t miss destination on your visit to St. John’s.
But like any great business – we’re only as good as our staff (but luckily, we have the best staff anywhere!) Click on their pictures to see each staff member’s favourite local releases.
Just a few of the friendly faces we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.
Matt as we knew him, is a singer-songwriter that has blown away many new fans in the past few years. His debut album won four Music NL awards including Entertainer of the Year and the Rising Star Award. He currently lives in Halifax and we wish him all the best in his music career.
“Have It All” in our store
Damhnait (pronounced Dav-net) was discovered when singing while working her shift at Fred’s. She has since released numbers albums on EMI Canada and co-fronted the singer-super group Shaye. She currently lives in Toronto where she has an amazing new band called The Heartbroken that you all should check out.
The Heartbroken’s “Tonight Tonight” in our store
Andrew James O’Brien
The Man of a Thousand Nicknames, this gentle beast will sooth your soul with a nice song or he’d just ring in your purchase, he was cool like that. Currently playing with “Fortunate Ones”, he’s another jet-setting former Fred’s employee.
“Songs for Searchers” in our store
Lee Hanlon was one of our most memorable characters at Fred’s Records. A well known indie-musician locally, he moved to Toronto a couple years back with his band The Gramercy Riffs, who have since released the great albums “It’s Heartbreak” and “Desire Trails.”
“Desire Trails” in our store
Another member of The Gramercy Riffs, Daniel Banoub is one of our city’s finest guitar players, that was until he moved to Toronto to finish his education and pursue music. He can often be seen picking up some shifts when he is home for the holidays at Christmas time.
“It’s Heartbreak” in our store
Ren Squires worked with Fred’s Records for many years. A true authority on music, Ren’s deep passions were for all things metal, and he helped us stock one of the best selections of metal and heavy music anywhere. Ren was also the drummer in stoner rock band sHeavy, who are still going strong 20 years in (albeit with a different drummer). Sheavy’s legend among stoner rock fans endures and the band continues to release great albums.
Mack Furlong is a writer, actor and musician. He lives in St. John’s and has had an irritating life-long ability to remember all manner of useless information – just the qualification necessary for a trivia panelist. Every third Friday, Mack co-hosts Crosstalk trivia. Mack once hosted The Great Eastern, an hour long show on CBC Radio One. He continues to be a force on CBC Radio and is a huge authority on music from this province past and present.