Sherman's big break

Tara Bradbury
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Downey down but not out after motorcycle accident

Musician Sherman Downey is recovering from a motorcycle spill which caused a broken right wrist, torn ligaments and bone fragments in his left wrist, and a separated right shoulder. Submitted photo by Krista Conway

It wasn't exactly the big break he was looking for. Corner Brook musician Sherman Downey, not long back in Corner Brook from a tour of the Maritimes with his band, the Ambiguous Case, is home recovering from a motorcycle mishap over the weekend.

"I've just started learning and was practising emergency stops while turning," Downey, who was alone on the bike, explained.

"I hit the ground and rolled onto my wrist. Heard the snap. Pretty gross."

Downey ended up with a broken right wrist, torn ligaments and bone fragments in his left wrist, and a separated right shoulder.

While he's forced to rest, with ice on his joints and taking painkillers every four hours, the optimistic singer-songwriter is still managing to look on the bright side, although he's saying bye-bye to his Vulcan Classic 1500.

"I guess it happened at a good time for us, luckily," he said with a chuckle.

"It's a clean break. I don't need surgery, and after this week we have a month off to get ready for the Gros Morne Summer Music Series. I suspect the bike will be going up for sale, though. (My girlfriend) is having none of it."

Downey and the Ambiguous Case aren't ones to let a broken bone stop them.

After a successful past year - which has included releasing "Honey for Bees," their debut album, touring, filming a video and being nominated for two East Coast Music Awards - the musicians are scheduled to play gigs in Labrador City and Happy Valley-Goose Bay Thursday and Friday.

Downey might not be able to strum a guitar, but he'll definitely be there on stage as planned.

"We were considering looking around for someone else, but with the flights and everything, it was crazy," Downey said.

"The guys are going to take over the guitar on five tunes each, and I'll still play the harmonica."

Downey's hoping to be back in full form for the Gros Morne music festival, at which he and the band will play three shows in Woody Point, Norris Point and Corner Brook July 22-24.

"I think if I can grip a pick, I'll be playing," he said.

The guys are hoping to get back in the studio at the end of the summer in order to have their next album out by Christmas; this may have to be pushed back a little, now, Downey said.

Once he gets back from Lab-rador and when the swelling in his wrists goes down, Downey will have to get a cast on at least one arm.

Not even that is a reason for him to feel down.

"If anyone sees me around with a cast, please come up and sign it," he said.


Organizations: Music Series

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Labrador, Happy Valley Goose Bay Woody Point

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  • Owen Russell
    June 28, 2011 - 14:26

    Hey Sherman, Hope you have a speedy recovery there buddy. Looking forward to seeing you guys play again and can't wait for the new album. Also wanted to say thanks for the awesome job at the songwriters circle in Stephenville/Kippens during the Feather and Folk festival. Owen Russell Stephenville