Shawn Lidster is a bard from Newfoundland Canada, now calls Australia home. His Folk based Roots Music blends his Newfoundland Heritage with Australian charm into a mixed bag of Celtic /Americana/Alt Country/Blues.
His songs and story’s have been shaped by his influences from Neil Young, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, John Prine, John Fogerty, Steve Earle to Robert Johnson.
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.
As Rob Dickens from No Depression Magazine says “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.
“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. The lyrics are cohesive, rich and in detail. Producer Shane Nicholson swaddles all this in the most glorious suite of sounds weaving magic carpets of musicality. This Cd demands half a dozen listens to focus on each of its exceptional aspects individually. Denise Torenbeek, Country Update Sept 1 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.
The Tailwind was a Semi Finalist in 2016 Unsigned Only contest under Folk Singer/Songwriter and Americana.
It’s Folk based Roots/ Alt/Country/Americana Singer/Songwriter vibe.
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.
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.
He has been ranked #1 on Reverbnation for his zone under Roots/Acoustic section
The Burning Album (Nominated for Alt Country Album 2010 NLMUSIC) was recorded at Bill Chambers Studio
Going back to his roots, “The Burning”,takes you on a emotional journey.
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 by one of Australia’s premier alt-country guitarists, Bill Chambers.
Also featuring Michael Muchow an award winning Australian guitarist.
“Legends on the Baccalieu Trail" (Nominated for Folk Album 2008 MUSICNL) was added to the K-12 curriculum throughout Newfoundland & Labrador Schools as a learning resource for students.
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 new 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. In 2009 The Legends Album 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 performers from the group Pale Riders 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 there, he 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.