For Immediate Release
Wed, Sept 30, 2015
Newfoundland’s Matthew Byrne & Sherman Downey Team up for Eastern Canadian Tour
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St. John’s, NL– After teaming up for a successful Winter Island Tour of story and song, Newfoundland & Labrador’s roots-rocker, Sherman Downey, and traditional singer, Matthew Byrne, are again combining old world charm and modern flair for an Eastern Canadian Tour, performing everywhere from Cape Breton to Toronto, with shows in New Brunswick, PEI, Quebec and rural Ontario this November.
“The Winter Island Tour around Newfoundland was so awesome and when we started chatting about suitable venues off the island for that show we realized how many great rooms we wanted to bring it to,” says Byrne. “We’re very excited about it.”
With two 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Traditional Singer and Album of the Year, Byrne has earned a reputation as one of the finest traditional singers in Canada, whose ballads span generations and continents. The tremendous success of his sophomore recording Hearts & Heroes last year has taken him to concert stages all over Canada and the United States, while his role as singer and song-finder in The Dardanelles continues to showcase his talents to international audiences.
Winner of Newfoundland’s 2015 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and MusicNL’s 2015 Pop/Rock Recording, Downey has been winning over critics and fans since his band Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case’s debut release, Honey for Bees (2010). The first single “Thick As Thieves,” from the band’s sophomore release Sun In Your Eyes (2013), earned the boys “Best New Act in Canada,” in the CBC Searchlight Contest, beating out over 3000 acts nation-wide. Last spring the band parted ways, yet Downey’s solo career continues to roar.
While they practice different musical disciplines, Byrne & Downey have a dynamic stage chemistry that demonstrates how the traditional and modern sides of folk music can be merged seamlessly.
“We had a blast last year touring around Newfoundland and quickly discovered we have a great personal and musical chemistry on stage,” says Downey. “It doesn’t hurt that the show is actually pretty kick-ass. We can’t wait to get out there and bring this show to new rooms and audiences.”
Catch Matthew Byrne and Sherman Downey’s Eastern Canadian Tour in the following locations:
Nov 3: Port Hawkesbury, NS, Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
Nov 4: Berwick, NS: Union Street Cafe
Nov 5: Mount Stewart, PEI, Trailside Cafe
Nov 6: Saint John, NB, Homeport B&B (call 1 888 678-7678 to reserve)
Nov 7: Fredericton, NB, Lansdowne House Concerts (call 506-457-0826 to reserve)
Nov 9: Montreal, PQ, Petit Campus
Nov 10: Belleville, ON, Stacey Lytle House Concert (call 613-242-3080 to reserve or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nov 12 & 13: Sharbot Lake, ON, Sharbot Lake Country Inn (call (613) 279-2198 to reserve)
Nov 14: Wakefield, PQ, Black Sheep Inn
Nov 15: Kingston, ON, The Rankin Gallery – 3PM Matinee (email email@example.com for tickets)
Nov 16: Toronto, ON, Hugh’s Room
Nov 18: Owen Sound, ON, Heartwood (call (519) 470-2501 to reserve)
Nov 19: Cookstown, ON, The Ironhorse Tavern (call 705-458-2500 for tickets)
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