Anita Best was born on the island of Merasheen in Placentia Bay on Newfoundland’s south coast the year before Newfoundland joined Canada. When she was a child, television had not yet taken over as the primary source of entertainment, and for many homes on the island, electricity was provided by gas-powered generators. Singing, dancing and storytelling were the main forms of recreation and when the nights grew longer and colder and the fishing season was over, people would gather in each others homes and keep heart in one another with tunes, songs and stories.

Anita performs the traditional songs and stories from her childhood, as well as ones she learned later from people in Bonavista Bay, Cape St. Georges and the communities in and around Gros Morne National Park. She also performs songs from Newfoundland’s beloved contemporary songwriters, Pamela Morgan and Ron Hynes. With her rich voice and warm personality she builds a marvelous bridge between old-time and contemporary Newfoundland song-making and storytelling traditions.

Anita has received several honours for her work in collecting and disseminating Newfoundland folksongs, including the Marius Barbeau award from the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and an Honourary Doctorate from Memorial University.


Anita Best - Crosshanded
Anita Best & Pamela Morgan - The Colour of Amber
Anita Best & Pamela Morgan - Amber Christmas
Eleven Eleven - Various Artists
All The Best - Various Artists
Another Time - Various Artists
Rock Within The Sea - Various Artists
Lately Come Over - Bristol's Hope
Mujeres en la Musica - Various Artists (Spanish Release)
Celtic Spirits II - Various Artists - Sony Germany (German Release)
Celtic Feelings - Various Artists - Sony France (French Release)

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