Ian Sher­wood to per­form in Alma

Cana­dian mu­si­cian known for his blend of pop and folk, and in­ti­mate con­certs

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY SAM MACDON­ALD

Ian Sher­wood, a folk singer de­scribed as “the hard­est work­ing mu­si­cian in Nova Sco­tia,” is liv­ing up to his rep­u­ta­tion with an up­com­ing con­cert.

Sher­wood is play­ing at the Green Hill-Alma Church on Sept. 18, in a con­cert that fea­tures some of his most re­cent work from his fifth stu­dio al­bum, “Bring the Light.”

This won’t be Sher­wood’s first per­for­mance in Pic­tou County, af­ter his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ECMA Song­writer’s Tour in Feb. 2017, and per­for­mance in the Mon­day Mu­sic in Alma con­cert se­ries.

Gwen Ma­cLean, or­ga­nizer for the Mu­sic in Alma con­cert se­ries, said of Sher­wood, “I first heard Ian a few years ago at a fundraiser for Roots for Youth. I con­sid­ered him a star from far away and was de­lighted when he agreed to play in Alma.”

“Bring the Light” is de­scribed in a me­dia re­lease from Mon­day Mu­sic as an al­bum filled with the “hooky clev­er­ness” that char­ac­ter­izes Sher­wood’s mu­si­cal style.

The re­lease also stated that Sher­wood “brings the light” that won him a 2013 Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Award in his song­writ­ing and singing, paired with the sounds of the gui­tar and sax­o­phone, on his new al­bum.

Sher­wood is de­scribed in the re­lease as “a born sto­ry­teller and con­stant cre­ator,” with mu­sic that strikes a bal­ance be­tween pop and folk. His con­certs are in­ti­mate per­for­mances, re­gard­less of size — whether at a large fes­ti­val or a small show.

Sher­wood tours the U.K., U.S. and Canada, and has a di­verse ar­ray of work that goes be­yond what is heard from the stage and the sound booth. He reg­u­larly pro­duces mu­sic for other artists — as well as for theatre, film and tele­vi­sion. The most re­cent work to his credit is the score for the play “Tomp­kinsville” — some­thing that earned him a 2017 Robert Mer­ritt for Out­stand­ing Score.

Sher­wood’s other awards in­clude the 2012 In­ter­na­tional Acous­tic Mu­sic Awards, and the 2008 and 2010 Mu­sic Nova Sco­tia Mu­si­cian of the Year awards.

The con­cert at the Green Hill — Alma Church will take place at 7:30 p.m. with a $10 ad­mis­sion — or what­ever you can af­ford.

SAM MACDON­ALD/THE NEWS

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