Pickin’ Parlour Sessions


What we do:

Hours of Operation [Summer  Hours]:

Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm


We live for this.

In 1939 Roy O’Brien opened the doors of O’Brien’s Music at 278 Water Street in downtown St. John’s. Newfoundland was still its own country, Roy and his wife Nellie waved their national pride high, becoming one of the first retailers of Newfoundland and Irish music. The store quickly became the biggest seller of accordions in Canada when Newfoundland joined confederation. Roy and Nellie raised six children in their home upstairs from the store, which had become a magnet for music-lovers.

In the ’70s two of their sons, Roy and Gord O’Brien, started working in the store and eventually took it over. Roy left in the 2000’s to pursue another career and the shop continued on with Gord and his children.

Currently owned and operated by Dave Rowe, nephew of Gord and Roy, Dave’s mother was one of the O’Brien kids raised above the old store. A musician himself, Dave grew up working part time at O’Brien’s Music, visiting his uncles and grand parents, and is very proud to be carrying on the family tradition as the third generation owner. He has moved in upstairs and is looking forward to a long life serving music-lovers with the best selection of Newfoundland music and everything you’ll ever need to make that music for yourself.



Dave Rowe

“I really want to carry on the tradition of O’Brien’s Music and make it very much the same type of place that my grandfather started.”


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Pickin’ Parlour Sessions Vol 2: Ted & Dave trying some Whiskey Before Breakfast

Ted Rowe & Dave Rowe in the Pickin’ Parlour at O’Brien’s Music in St. John’s, NL, Canada. Ted is playing a Breedlove Premier Dreadnought guitar and Dave is playing a Breedlove Premier OO mandolin. Both instruments are made in Bend, Oregon, USA.

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Halcyon Parlour guitar & Breedlove Crossover OO VS mandolin Demo at O’Brien’s Music – Dinah

Duane Andrews & Dave Rowe in the Pickin’ Parlour at O’Brien’s Music, St. John’s, NL, Canada. Duane is playing a Halcyon Parlour guitar made in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Dave is playing a Breedlove Crossover OO VS mandolin.

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Let’s welcome Mr. Steve Hussey

We are so very excited to welcome Steve Hussey to the O’Brien’s Music team. Steve has been one of the top guitar players in St. John’s and has been a top authority on Newfoundland music for decades. Steve is going to help expand our instrument department bringing in electric instruments, amps and vintage guitars & […]

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Captain Canada!

Captain Canada stopped by the shop today to try out some bodhrans before rappelling off Atlantic Place! — with Mike Rowe. This is Mike Rowe (Dave’s brother), in town from L.A. for a short stint to run the Tely 10, and do some charity work, while stopping in to visit the newly reopened O’Brien’s Music […]

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They might be small and only have four strings, but Ukuleles have a lot of heart and sound great!


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Newfoundland spoons, ugly sticks, shakers, tambourines and other rhythm makers.


Capos, strings, drum sticks, metronomes, kazoos, tuners… you get the idea.


Books & DVDs on how to play your new instrument as well as sheet music books for Newfoundland songs.



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(709) 753-8135
278 Water Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 1B7