Shawn Lidster is a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland, Canada, who 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, 2010 Country Music Festival at The Entrance, Lizottes in Kincumber and Newcastles 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, this year with guitarist/songwriter Trent Crawford as Driftwood.
His new Cd, The Burning 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 on Dobro, Electric Guitar, Weisenborn, Banjo, Mandolin, Irish Bazooky 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.
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. 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.