Happy Valley-Goose Bay -
The Flummies recently made a first performance at the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Winnipeg, Man.
The event took place June 20, and provided The Flummies a chance to perform live and nationwide on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
The band was invited to play at the event after receiving the 2009 East Coast Music Award for best aboriginal recording artist.
"It was a great experience," said Leander Baikie, of The Flummies. "It was nervous to perform on national television, but it was a chance to promote the band."
Baikie also said the band was well received by the audience.
"They loved the music we played, partly because we are different and partly because we are an aboriginal band and this was an aboriginal celebration," he said.
"In Western Canada, it's mainly the fiddle the aboriginal people play, so having an instrument like the accordion really caught people's attention."
The celebration also provided The Flummies an opportunity to promote their home province.
"The Flummies have always been around for two reasons, to promote our music and to promote Newfoundland and Labrador to the world," he said.
Along with their recent trip to Winnipeg, The Flummies will soon start the process of putting together their eighth album. It will consist of original songs from Labrador.
"Our mandate is to ensure the original songs of Labrador are preserved,"Baikie said.
"We have the songs lined up, it's just a matter of sitting down and making it happen."
The album is expected to be released within the next 14 months.
There is also a possibility of a Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Culture Centre tour.