Matthew Byrne & Sherman Downey
Award-winning songwriting meets traditional folk for a very special evening of story and song.
Two of Newfoundland & Labrador's most recognized voices have teamed up. Roots-rocker Sherman Downey and traditional singer Matthew Byrne, have combined their individual styles and repertoires to create an exciting fusion of traditional and modern sounds.
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.
Sherman Downey has been wowing critics and fans since his 2010 debut release Honey for Bees with a melodic roots-rock sound which embraces folk, pop and country. Their November 2013 sophomore effort, The Sun in Your Eyes, has been the best selling album since its release at the legendary Fred’s Records in St. John’s, NL. The first single, Thick as Thieves, earned the boys the title of “Best New Act in Canada” in the CBC Searchlight Contest, beating out over 3000 acts across the country. Their highly energetic and entertaining live show has floored audiences all across Canada and as far away as the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.
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Matthew & Sherman had a blast with the Winter Island Tour! 20+ shows in Newfoundland in the middle of winter was a daunting task but the warm receptions and great crowds were a strong reminder that we as Newfoundlanders are a people with a strong passion for music.
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