Shawn Lidster is a singer/songwriter from Cupids Crossing, NFLD and Labrador Canada. Like a bard from the past, Shawn has been writing and performing a wide range of original material from various parts of the world, for more than 20 years. His brand new CD called "The Burning" was recorded in Australia at Bill Chamber Studio's. Going back to his roots "The Burning"
takes you on an emotional journey.
11 original songs written about family, the past, present, the future and home in Newfoundland Canada.
It's 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 influenced by.
Featuring some outstanding playing on Dobro, Electric Guitar, Weisenborn, Banjo, Mandolin, Irish Bazooky and Harmonicaby 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's Background as a Musician
In July 1994, Shawn formed Lidster's Hill with his sister Jaunita, cousin Audrey and and friend Jim Wheeler. Lidster's Hill entered the Big Break Blast-Off Competition that was held in St. John's and stole the show. They took top spot from more than 20 acts by performing six original songs written by Shawn. The prize was 100 hours of studio time that lead to the release of Swally Dis, a cassette containing eclectic mix of all original songs.
As a result of the recording, the band opened for Canadian Country Music Artist Charlie Major when he was in St John's. In addition, two traditional songs from Swally Dis, The Sealers Songs and Newfoundland Summers Day, received extensive airplay in Newfoundland and Toronto Canada.
Pale Riders and Australia
In 1995 Shawn attended Music West in Vancouver. He checked out a showcase that had the Australian Band Pale Riders on the bill. They quickly became friends, exchanging CD's and Tapes vowing to keep in touch. In 1997, Pale Riders invited Shawn to be their opening Act for the launch of their new CD and tour of Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Shawn jumped at the opportunity, sold just about everything he owned packed up his Guitar and made the move to " The land down under".
While in Australia, Shawn crafted his songwriting skills. He entered a theme song competition for Sydney's rock station Triple M and won 15,000 worth of Sammy Hagar's (Van Halen) when his song "Ratso Man" was chosen as the winner. Shawn also had the opportunity to play along with Randall Waller who is now Shania Twain's guitar player. Randall liked The Sealers Song so much he used to get up on stage and jam along with Shawn. Shawn also went on tour with The Pale Riders when they were the opening act for Midnight Oil's 1998 Redneck Wonderland Tour. Shawn says: "What a year!".
Newfoundland Roots Music
Shawn matured as a performer while in Australia. His songs about Newfoundland went over really well in Australia. He continued to write about his beloved home, calling his creations "Newfoundland Roots Music".
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."
In 1999, while still in Australia, Shawn formed an acoustic duo with Scott Mainwaring (Ex Pale Riders) called Silver Dollar. Silver Dollar played a wide mixture of songs for all ages and was a huge success in Sydney and on the Central Coast. Silver Dollar's first gig was opening act for Mark Evans. (original bass player for AC/DC)
Back home in Brigus
Like most Newfoundlanders who are separated from their homeland, Shawn dreamed of coming home. In 2002, Shawn packed up and took his family back to Newfoundland. Since arriving, Shawn has undertaken a number of recording projects.
In 2003, Shawn was asked by Avondale Music to do a remix of his Sealers Song for the Homebrew 4 CD. In 2004 they did a remix of
Newfoundland Summer's Day (recorded in Great Big Sea's Studio) for Homebrew 5 CD. Both songs have had extensive play on
traditional radio stations in Newfoundland and Nationally.
Legends on Baccalieu Trail CD
Legends of the Baccalieu Trail was years in the making. He did extensive research into the history of 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 tried to capture the mood of each time period. The songs get right to the heart and soul of the characters its 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.
Cupers Cove, Carbonear Island, John the Pirate and On the Baccalieu Trail are all receiving airplay on CBC Radio, Jigs and Reels OZ Fm, Homebrew 97.5, Radio Newfoundland, 560 and 590 VOCM and CFBX Kamloops BC. It has also had airplay on Internet radio stations, CBC Radio 3, SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada and Celtic Folk Podcast.
New Release slated for Oct/Nov 2010!!