Fresh Tracks - Sean Panting

Published on January 13, 2012
Sean Panting - Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

For over 20 years, Sean Panting has been one of the most vital and exciting performers in the province. From his time as a founding member of iconic Newfoundland bands Drive and Kelly Russell & The Planks, to performances with the likes of Billy Bragg and Ron Sexsmith, to collaborations with artists as diverse as Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle and improv artists McKudo, to his frequent appearances as an actor on stage and screen (most recently as Walter the lecherous lawyer on CBC’s “Republic Of Doyle”), Panting has created a sizable body of work. “Man Of The Year,” released in December, is his fifth solo disc, following the electric “Receiver” and acoustic “Victrola” (2005), “Pop Disaster” (2002), and his solo debut “Lotus Land” (2000). He’ll perform at the Folk Arts Society’s Folk Night Wednesday, Jan. 18, and with Dave Bidini Feb. 7 at the Carlton in Halifax. To learn more about “Man of the Year,” see page D1 of The Weekend Telegram Saturday. For a taste, listen to “I Picked Hell” at, and for more on Sean, surf on over to — Click here to listen to the title track