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Two performers from the Rock roll into town.
This is a unique opportunity to see a combo of one of NFLD/Labrador’s best folk/pop stylists and one of the best interpreters of traditional music.
Sherman Downey’s music embraces Folk-Roots and Country while flirting with Pop-Rock and at times even Bossa Nova, but one thing is for certain; he just makes you feel good.
His highly anticipated second release The Sun in your Eyes
recently brought home Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘Pop/Rock Recording’ award as well as a nod from SOCAN with the province’s ‘SOCAN Songwriter of the Year’ distinction. The album include s CBC’s first Se archlight Competition winning song ‘Thick as Thieves’ and other gems like ‘Annalee’ and ‘The Right Idea’; songs that have found regular rotation across Canada on Campus Radio and the CBC, as well as garnering attention internationally with
airplay on stations in LA, Australia and the UK.
Sherman continues to find his way into the hearts of listeners with his charming delivery of solid songs and has carved out a spot as one of the most exciting acts to add to your calendar this year.
Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage. This tradition thrives on the song – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and Matthew’s music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. His live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
Since bursting on to the trad scene four years ago with his debut recording, Ballads, Matthew has swiftly earned his place as one of the East Coast’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. In that time, Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his homeland. His role as singer and song-finder in The Dardanelles has brought him to many major international festival stages including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, UK, and The Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia.
Matthew is currently promoting his second solo offering, Hearts & Heroes, which brilliantly showcases his musical growth as a traditional singer and guitarist, and asserts a new level of musicianship and a skill with interpreting and arranging traditional music. Byrne has once again teamed up with producer and musical partner Billy Sutton to create fresh and original arrangements of lesser-known traditional songs, which Byrne has either inherited from singers within his family or sought out himself. The influence of four years in a powerful and rhythmic trad ensemble is evident in songs like “Bold Nelson” and “McAlpine’s Crew”, which showcase a thicker band sound and sit beautifully alongside the stark, stripped-down arrangements on the record, which include two original instrumentals.
Hearts & Heroes is available in stores and online.