The Winter Island Tour is returning...and this year it’s heading to a new island!.
For the fourth year, Matthew Byrne and Sherman Downey are bringing their unique collaboration to venues across Newfoundland and, for the first time, to audiences in Prince Edward Island, thanks to our friends at Small Halls Inc.
Byrne and Downey - great friends and fans of each other’s work - first teamed up in 2015 for a run of small, intimate shows around Newfoundland during the off-season.
“We’re obviously a bit nuts to load up a van and hit the road in February” says Byrne. “But it makes for the most appreciative crowds and people feel like they are part of something special.”
The duo approach folk music from different angles - Byrne a traditional singer and interpreter of older material and Downey a contemporary singer-songwriter with folk-pop influences. The collaboration blends their styles and repertoires in a way that audiences have really come to love. Just as important, though, is the storytelling:
“We’re both born storytellers who love smaller rooms where this works best”, says Sherman. “We chat about the people and stories behind our songs…and then there’s the foolishness we get on with….so the banter has become an important part of the show.”
Matthew Byrne and Sherman Downey are masterful storytellers with a dynamic stage chemistry and a live show that demonstrates how traditional and modern worlds of folk music can merge seamlessly. But they only come together once a year! Here’s where they’re headed this Winter:
Feb 23 Placentia @ Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Center
Feb 24 Petty Harbour @ WaterShed Coffee Shop SOLD OUT!
Feb 25 Pouch Cove @ All Saints Church Hall
Feb 27 St. John's @ LSPU Hall
Feb 28 Grand Falls-Windsor @ The Classic Theater
Mar 01 Twillingate @ Twillingate Performing Arts Society
Mar 02 Lewisporte @ Citadel House
Mar 04 Norris Point @ Bonne Bay Marine Station
Prince Edward Island
Mar 08 Montague @ Copper Bottom Brewing
Mar 09 Summerside @ St. Mary's Anglican Church
Mar 10 Ellerslie @ Moth Lane Brewing
Mar 11 Cornwall @ York Point Community Hall
Mar 13 Charlottetown @ Beaconsfield Carriage House
Mar 15 Crapaud @ St. John's Anglican Church
For tickets and details, visit www.WinterIslandTour.com