Shawn Lidster - Legends on the Baccalieu

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Shawn Lidster is a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland, Canada, who for now calls Australia home. He first came to Australia in 1997 by invitation from Tasmanian band The Pale Riders, who he met in Vancouver, Canada. Within a year he won a song competition on Sydney's Radio Station Triple M, toured with Midnight Oil and met his wife Rebecca. He has had songs he has written performed for the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of Newfoundland and Prince Charles and even had a song played on Hockey Night in Canada.

Since moving his family back to the Central Coast in 2009, Shawn has already made his mark on the music scene. He has showcased his original songs at various gigs including 2010 Country Music Festival in Tamworth, 2009/10/11 Country Music Festival at The Entrance, Lizottes in Kincumber and Newcastle playing live on air in the Fishbowl with Scott Levi on ABC Radio and making it to the finals two years in a row at the Annual Acoustic Awards in Erina Fair, In 2011 with guitarist Trent Crawford as Driftwood.

He works fulltime at being a songwriter/performer as a solo Acoustic Artist and duo in Pay the Fiddler, with Tom Beasley (Mandolin/Banjo) playing every week at gigs up and down the Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

Shawn has shared the stage with national and international performers and his skill as a songwriter is Legend. As a matter of fact, in 2006 Shawn released a CD, entitled Legends of the Baccalieu Trail, which brings to life the history and characters of the Baccalieu Trail region. Cupers Cove the first track was the unofficial theme song for Cupids 400 celebrations. All of the songs on this Cd are currently receiving air time on many radio stations in Newfoundland and throughout Canada. Two of his traditional songs, The Sealers Song and Newfoundland Summers Day were recorded on the Homebrew 4 and Homebrew 5 CD collections.

While attending Music West in Vancouver in 1995, he met the band Pale Riders from Tasmania, Australia and as a result Shawn was invited to be their opening act for the launch of their new CD on a tour of Eastern Australia and Tasmania. While living in Australia, Shawn wrote a song called Ratso Man and won a song competition sponsored by Triple M and Universal Music that included $15,000 worth of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) equipment.

Shawn has been in the Top Ten Folk/Roots Music Charts for almost 3 years and currently ranked #7.

In 2006 Shawn released Legends on the Baccalieu Trail CD. It was years in the making. Shawn did extensive research into the history of the Baccalieu Trail towns of Cupids, Brigus, Bull Cove, Harbour Grace and Carbonear in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

In addition to telling stories about the history of each of these towns, he has tried to capture the mood of each time period. The songs get right to the heart and soul of the characters he is reflecting upon, bringing the listener back to the era in which he is singing about. His ability to evoke the past of these towns illustrates his maturity as a songwriter.

Produced by Shawn Lidster Recorded at Players Choice Studio, Spaniard’s Bay, NL

Shawn Lidster: Guitars, Vocals and Harmony’s Ian Chipman: Bass, Drums, Percussion, Accordian Gerry Strong: Whistle, Flute

Track 1: Cupers Cove

Track 2: The Calm/Carbonear Island

Track 3: John Hawe the Pirate

Track 4: Thomas Youden

Track 5: The Kyle

Track6: On the Baccalieu Trail

Track 7: The Sealers Song

Track 8: Newfoundland Summers Day

In 2009,“Legends on the Baccalieu Trail”, was added to the K-12 curriculum through out Newfoundland & Labrador Schools as a learning resource for students.

“It is a Major Accomplishment, one in which I could not let slip by, the Cd met all the requirements and it is something I’m very proud of”, Lidster stated.

Legends on the Baccalieu Trail contains original songs about the stories and legends of the towns of the Baccalieu Trail, most of which have histories dating back to the 1700's.

Newfoundland Roots Music

“I try to capture a balance between all of the Celtic influences that they have passed down to me from both sides of my family roots, then mix it with my own interpretations and come up with something that is old - but with a new edge.”

The Sealers Song and Newfoundland Summers Day have been receiving airplay on Newfoundland Radio stations since 1995.

Cupers Cove has become known as the unofficial theme song for the Cupids 400 celebrations that took part in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010.

The Sealers Song, Newfoundland Summers Day, Cupers Cove, Carbonear Island, John The Pirate and On the Baccalieu Trail are all receiving airplay on CBC Radio, Jigs and Reel OZ Fm, Homebrew 97.5, Radio Newfoundland, 560 and 590 VOCM and CFBX Kamloops BC. Also have had air play on Internet Radio Stations, CBC Radio 3, SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada, and The Celtic Folk Podcast.

CD review by Chris Spencer

Lidster is a Canadiana singer songwriter who lived and worked in Australia between 1997 and 2002.

He had met members of the Tasmanian band, The Pale Riders, who invited him to tour with them in 1997.

He has released other recordings including 'The Burning' album. However this cd, Baccalieu Trail was released back in 2006.

Prior to its release, Lidster did extensive research into the history of towns and regions close to his home in Cupids Cove. This album incorporates songs about these towns written in the folk and ballad format. The songs are generally laid back and relaxed; Lidster's voice is a bit thin sounding at times, but it suits the way in which he has recorded and written his songs. I am reminded at times of the voice of John Denver, just to give readers an idea of the sound of Lidster's voice.

The lead track "Cupers Cove" begins with lush instrumentation of acoustic guitar and accordion. The lyrics relate the establishment of the town of Cupers Cove. Tin whistle, played by Ian Chipman who incidentally engineered the album, is featured on the tune "The Calm" which seques into "Carbone Island" on which Lidster's vocals are double tracked.

Other tracks include "John Hawe the Pirate", the more upbeat "Thomas Youden", "The Kyle" (which has some harmony vocals.

Another upbeat song is "Baccalieu Trail" again featuring West Coast styled harmonies and drums.

Two older songs that Shawn had recorded earlier, but seem to match the spirit and sound of this album, "The Sealer's Song" and "Newfoundland Summer's Days" are included as bonus tracks.

"Sealer's Song" is very Celtic - with a driving rhythm, recorder/whistle solo and 'diddley oh' chorus! My choice as the album's strongest track!

The second bonus track has Celtic influences, but not as fast as the previous bonus track, featuring accordion or pipes.

All very pleasant, and may be of interest to readers who enjoy acoustic guitar and songs with lyrics about historical characters and places.

Buyers be warned, this is virtually an ep with two bonus tracks previously mentioned, totalling all up just over 30 minutes of music.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 29 October, 2012.


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