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.
Armed with a distinctive voice Acoustic guitars Harmonica and Stompbox Shawn works fulltime as a solo songwriter, performing 100 plus shows a year up and down the Central Coast, Newcastle, The Hunter Valley and Sydney Australia. His 3rd solo self-funded Independent Album “Devil & the Angel” recorded and produced by Shane Nicholson will be released 2016/17.
Early Highlights of Devil & the Angel
3 Songs- Ghost, Sorry and Devil & the Angel have already made the cut into a BUCKY a TV show created by Kenneth Harvey in Canada to be aired in 2016.
“In the Wind” will be featured in an Animation video by producer Julian Grant (Robo Cop) in Chicago, USA.
"Mark on Me" took 5th place in 2016 Songs Alive contest under singer songwriter
New version of fully produced song “Ned Kelly” will be on Album. An Acoustic version was released in 2013 and made it into the AMRAP Great Southern charts Top Ten and stayed there for 6 weeks!
Ranked #1 on Reverbnation under Folk/Acoustic/Roots
The Burning Album 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.
2009, “Legends”, 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.