“Devil & The Angel” released Sept 16, 2016
The gift of music has taken this Newfoundland, Canadian singer/songwriter on an up and down a voyage of some 17,000km to Australia. Along the way he has followed his heart taken the time to let the dreams spirits and ghosts of the Songlines lead him on his journey to Devil & the Angel.
It’s been six year since Shawn Lidster’s has released an Album. “Devil & the Angel” is produced by award winning Australian Artist Shane Nicholson. The cover photo was taken at Neil Young’s Broken Arrow ranch in Redwood California.
The Album is receiving great reviews,“Devil & the Angel” placed 5th at the 2016 National Songwriters Awards Australia under Folk Acoustic.
This is a raw, earthy offering with musicianship and production that suits the nature of the songs.
Highlights include Scratches, The Tailwind and Alive, but there are plenty of gems on this album.
Halfway between easy pop – with – country – touches, which characterises those who grew up loving the 70’s west coasters such as Jackson Browne, and grittier country-with Dylan rock touches, which characterises the generation inspired by John Prine, Shawn Lidster looks to cover as much ground between those points on this album.
“Devil & the Angel” is a finely wrought selection of tasty originals sent express to the senses via intriguing and very versatile vocal, veering from twang, to gritty blues to gossamer tenor delivery. This Cd demands half a dozen listens to focus on each of its exceptional aspects individually.
“The Album covers say’s a lot.” Devil & The Angel is crammed with vibrant and colorful tales, the rolling ‘The Tailwind’, the tip-toe-ing of ‘Alive’ and the ambitious urgency of ‘Ned Kelly’ (Australia’s most famous bushranger) are but three highlights.
Stag & Hunter, Newcastle Sept 4 2006 Posted 5 September 2016 by Adz Carter
Shawn Lidster was not only an incredible storyteller, but a very passionate musician as well, proven with stories about how he made it from Canada to Australia, his set of originals were performed it brilliantly, with Jack Johnson style guitar, John Mayer style vocals, and James Taylor style lyrics. The closing number, did feel like a voodoo spell had been cast over the crowd, as the song, and indeed the entire set, was intensely mystifying.
First single “The Tailwind” was a Semi Finalist in 2016 Unsigned Only contest under both Folk Singer/Songwriter and Americana
Tracks: “The Tailwind, Alive and Ned Kelly,” have already been receiving airplay on some 60plus community radio stations across Australia thru the Amrap Airit catalogue. And “Mark on Me,” has been picked up on Commercial stations in Newfoundland.
Three songs “Ghost, Sorry and Devil & the Angel” have already made the cut into a new TV show in Canada called “Bucky” created by Kenneth J Harvey, which has aired on NTV.
“In the Wind” has been featured in a Animation video by producer Julian Grant( Robo Cop) at the Art All Night International Film Festival in Trenton NJ, USA. Also to be featured at the Kinosommer Villach Open Air Film Festival in Austria.
“Mark on Me” made top 5 in Songs Alive Song Australia Contest under singer/songwriter category.
He has been ranked #1 on Reverbnation for his zone under Roots/Acoustic section
Shawn has had songs he has written and performed for the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of Newfoundland, Prince Charles and even had a song played on Hockey Night in Canada. His Folk based Roots Music blends his Newfoundland Heritage with Australian charm into a mixed bag of Celtic/Alt Country/Blues captivated Artists and fans alike.
In 2014 with support from Indie Showcase Radio, Shawn showcased his songs in Oakland, California performing at the Far West Folk Alliance Conference playing at 7 different PGS Rooms, 11small shows in total representing the only Artist from Newfoundland Canada and Australia.
His Folk based Roots Music blends his Newfoundland Heritage with Australian charm into a mixed bag of Celtic/Alt Country/Blues captivated Artists and fans alike.
He has been ranked #1 on Reverbnation for his zone under Roots/Acoustic section for about a year and in the top 3 for years.
In 2013 Shawn released Ned Kelly (Acoustic) which made it too the AMRAP Great Southern Charts Top 10 and stayed there for 6 weeks in a row. “Ned” has become a fan favorite.
In 2010 his Cd “The Burning” was recorded in Australia at Bill Chambers Studio and was nominated for Country Album of the year by MUSICNL.
Tracks: “The Burning, Someday, Angel Comfort Me, Just A Number and In the End”, received airplay in Newfoundland and Australia and overseas.
11 original songs written about Family, The Past, The Present, The Future and home in Newfoundland, Canada.
Its Acoustic/Roots/Folk/Alt Country/Gospel and Blues all combined to showcase Shawn’s ability to express his feelings in different styles of music that he has grown up on and is influenced by.
Featuring some outstanding playing on Dobro, Electric Guitar, Weisenborn, Banjo, Mandolin, Irish Bazooka and Harmonica by one of Australia’s premier alt-country guitarists, Bill Chambers.
Also featuring Michael Muchow an award winning Australian guitarist who grooves along on Drums, Stomp, Percussion, Bass and Electric Guitar.
In 2006 “Legends on the Baccalieu Trail” CD was nominated for Folk Album of the year by MUSICNL.
Shawn’s “Legends” Cd had been years in the making. He has done extensive research into the history of the Baccalieu Trail towns of Cupids, Brigus, Bull Cove, Harbour Grace and Carbonear. 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.
In 2009, “Legends”, was added to the K-12 curriculum throughout Newfoundland & Labrador Schools as a learning resource for students
Cupers Cove the 1st track off “Legends” became the unofficial theme song for the Cupids 400 Celebrations in 2010.
Shawn was the opening act for the celebrations.
Tracks: “The Sealers Song, Newfoundland Summers Day, Carbonear Island, John Hawe the Pirate” all had extensive airplay on CBC Radio, VOCM and other popular radio stations in Newfoundland & Labrador across Canada and Internet radio stations around the world.
In 1995 Shawn met the Pale Riders (Tasmania) at Music West in Vancouver and was invited to come play in Australia.
So in 1997, Shawn jumps at the opportunity and became their opening act for the launch of their new CD and tour of Eastern Australia and Tasmania.
That same year Shawn entered a theme song competition for Sydney’s rock station Triple M and won $15,000 worth of Sammy Hagar’s (Van Halen) gear when his song the Ratso Man was chosen as the winner.
Shawn also tagged along with the Pale Riders when they were the opening act up for Midnight Oil’s Redneck Wonderland Tour.