Selina Boland (CA)
Selina Boland describes her music as “Folk-Pop with a touch of the Atlantic Ocean Breeze”. She is a free-spirited, passionate singer/songwriter and guitarist performing poetic and storytelling songs. Her captivating stage presence invites listeners to suspend their realities into her remarkable voice and haunting melodies.
Selina was born in Newfoundland to beloved Lukey’s Boat folk singer, the late Laverne Squires. Her musical influences include Traditional Newfoundland, Irish, Classical, Folk, and 60’s Rock. Selina began performing in 2005, gaining experience in the local circuit of St. John’s venues and making frequent trips to Woodstock, New York for shows. In 2008, her singles “Orphan” and “Hero” were both ranked among the Top Ten Songs in the Newfoundland and Labrador section of the National Songwriting Competition and were featured on local media outlets. “Orphan” also helped raise funds for the Bring Me Hope Foundation for orphans in China. In 2011, Selina released an EP, “Defined is Confined.” The song “A Man Riding a Donkey” was selected to appear on the iTunes “AMAZING Compilation” to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
In 2015 Selina was nominated for awards by MusicNL for Female Artist of the Year and Pop/Rock Recording of the Year. She then opened for Juno-nominated folk band The Fortunate Ones and played the East to West Fort McMurray Fundraiser with Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) and Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!). In Summer of 2016 Selina played shows in Ireland, Scotland and Germany, returning to Newfoundland in July to share the stage with Juno-nominated roots band The Once, Sherman Downey, Shanneyganock, and The Masterless Men at Squidfest. She returned to Europe in Summer of 2017 for shows in Ireland and Denmark. Selina is busy recording a new album for release in Fall, 2018 and has been invited to perform at Live at Heart Festival in Sweden in September.