For Immediate Release
Jan 19, 2015
Sherman Downey and Matthew Byrne Announce Winter Island Tour
Stephenville Date Added – March 13 – Arts & Culture Centre
Tickets on sale NOW!
St. John’s, NL — Two of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most recognized voices are teaming up this winter for a one-time tour of the province. Roots-rocker Sherman Downey and balladeer Matthew Byrne, are combining their individual styles and repertoires to create an exciting fusion of traditional and modern music. The Winter Island Tour starts in Ferryland on February 27th and makes 14 stops across the province before finishing up in St. John’s at The Rocket Room on March 20th. The duo recently added a March 13th show at the Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre and tickets for that performance go on sale on Monday, January 19th at noon.
The concept of the tour came together last summer. Being admirers of each other’s music and reflecting on their respective solo careers, the boys thought it would be fun to join forces and blend Matthew’s tradition with Sherman’s contemporary style. The more they talked about it, the more exciting the idea became to them. A short run of intimate venues and house concerts quickly grew into a more extensive tour with larger venues coming on side to host the event.
“We were chatting about doing a duo show or two for fun,” explains Byrne, “and that turned into a full island-wide tour.”
Known to many as singer and bouzouki player with The Dardanelles, Matthew Byrne has quickly earned his place as one of the East Coast’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. Following a family legacy of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne is strongly influenced by his unique musical lineage. Stripped down, his live show offers powerful honesty, polished guitar work, masterful storytelling, and a voice that transports time, place, and oceans.
Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case have been wowing critics and fans since their 2010 debut release Honey for Bees with a melodic roots-rock sound which embraces folk, pop and country. Thick as Thieves, the first single from the band’s 2013 sophomore effort, Sun in Your Eyes, 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.
“I’m a big fan of Matthew’s and have seen him play many times,” says Downey. “I think we’re very much alike in regards to how we interact with people from the stage. As Newfoundlanders it’s in our blood to tell a story or two. Give us an attentive crowd and a microphone and we’re as pleased as punch.”
Come in from the cold and warm yourself up with some of the finest music you’re likely to hear this winter!
For complete details, visit:
27/02 – Ferryland – Southern Shore Arts Centre
28/02 – Placentia – Placentia Bay Arts Centre
01/03 – Swift Current – Kilmory Resort
03/02 – Marystown – St. Gabriel’s Hall
03/03 – Clarenville – Eastlink Events Centre
04/03 – Bonavista – The Garrick Theatre
07/03 – Lewisporte – The Citadel House
08/03 – Deer Lake – Holiday Inn Express
09/03 – Port Aux Basques – Port Aux Basques Hotel
11/03 – Rocky Harbour – Ocean View Hotel
12/03 – Norris Point – March Hare Festival
13/03 – Stephenville – Arts & Culture Centre
15/03 – Corner Brook- The Glynmill Inn
16/03 – Glovertown – House of Diamonds – SOLD OUT
20/03 – St. John’s – The Rocket Room
For all publicity inquiries:
Teresa Ennis | Limehouse Media
Roger Lockyer | Foleymore Entertainment