Fresh Tracks - Sherman Downey

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— Photo courtesy of Scott Grant 2013 www.roninphoto.ca

Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case, comprised of (from left) Andrew Ross (banjo), Neil Targett (bass), Sherman Downey (guitar, vocals), Bill Allan (accordion, trombone, percussion) and Paul Lockyer (drums) are a party folk band from Newfoundland’s West Coast. With an energetic live show and an obvious love of what they do, they continue to grow a devout fan base — some even get songs stuck in their heads about muddy jackets, lost kittens and cheap suits. In 2013, Sherman and the boys’ single, “Thick as Thieves,” was voted as the winner of CBC’s Searchlight Contest, beating hundreds of other  contestants. The single is the first of many off the band’s latest album, “The Sun in Your Eyes,” that will be released later this year. “Thick as Thieves” and songs from “Honey for Bees” have been in regular rotation on CBC programs locally, provincially and internationally. The band has also received immense support from Rich Terfry (CBC Radio’s “Drive”) and Tom Power (“Deep Roots”) who continue to expose the band’s music to an international audience. Sherman’s first album, “Honey for Bees,” received multiple nominations for music industry awards in 2010, including MusicNL’s Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Rising Star/ New Artist of the Year and Folk Group of the Year, as well as ECMA’s Group Recording of the Year and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The band was also short-listed on The Scope’s Atlantis Music Prize list. The band will travel across Canada this summer to promote its new album. Catch them at Bowring Park for the 37th annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival Aug. 9-11. Click here to listen to Sherman Downey

Organizations: CBC Radio, The Sun, Year and Folk Group of the Year Group Recording The Scope

Geographic location: Newfoundland, West Coast, ECMA Canada Bowring Park

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  • Alex Wells
    June 21, 2013 - 09:36

    I Love Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case. : ) Alex