Sherman Downey & Matthew Byrne – Winter Island Tour 2015

A Sweet Release...

Sherman Downey and Matthew Byrne Announce Winter Island Tour 2015 from February 27 - Mar 20

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 making 14 stops across the province before finishing up in St. John's at The Rocket Room on March 20th.

matthew byrneThe 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 DowneySherman 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!

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SHERMAN DOWNEY MATTHEW BYRNE winter island tour dates

27/02 - Ferryland - Southern Shore Arts Centre

28/02 - Placentia - Placentia Bay Arts Centre

SHERMAN DOWNEY MATTHEW BYRNE winter island tour a01/03 - 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

20/03 - St. John’s - The Rocket Room

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