Northumberland lands Canadian catch

Ian Sherwood
Ian Sherwood

Award-winning songsmith to bring unique blend of pop and folk music to picturesque harbour as part of rural touring scheme.

Canadian musician and songwriter, Ian Sherwood, is set to bring his catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories to Craster Memorial Hall this weekend.

The Highlights rural touring scheme, operating throughout Northumberland, networks with village halls and commmunity venues to bring entertainment to the heart of local communities.

There is a strong international flavour to the scheme’s offerings, which is working in partnership with Contact East to bring some of the best artists from the east coast of Canada to the UK, as part of the Canada Season.

Awarded contemporary singer of the year at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, best male artist by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards, and the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year, Ian is set to enrapture audiences with his energetic stage presence.

He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television.

Starting out as a saxaphone player in Toronto, he soon sought an outlet for his poetic side, venting his creativity through tales of heart-break, victory and adventure. He quickly gained recognition and was nominated for the 2011 ECMA Male Solo Artist Recording of the Year.

Intricate guitar loops, saxophones and pop, rock and jazz grooves are woven together to create his unique brand of music. Canada Broadcasting Corporation have described him as ‘a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.’

His latest album, ‘Everywhere To Go’, was released in September 2104 and is considered to be his best to date. It is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood’s signature style of imaginative, narrative writing.

Ian will play the Craster Memorial Hall on Sunday. He will also play Wingates Village Institute on Thursday, March 12. Doors open at 7.15pm. Tickets cost £7.50 adult, £6.50 concession, £4 children.