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Shawn Lidster

Original Folk Roots


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Whats On Central Coast Logo image Shawn Lidster:
The story so far...
Shawn Lidster is a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland, Canada, who for now calls Australia home. He first came to Australia in 1997 by invitation from Tasmanian band The Pale Riders, who he met in Vancouver, Canada in 1995.

Within a year he won a song competition on Sydney's Radio Station Triple M, tagged along with the Pale Riders when they were the opening act for Midnight Oil’s 1998 Redneck Wonderland tour of Eastern Australia and fell in love was his wife Rebecca.

He has had songs he has written performed for the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of Newfoundland and Prince Charles and even had a song played on Hockey Night in Canada.

Since moving his family back to the Central Coast in 2009, Shawn has already made his mark on the music scene.
He has showcased his original songs at various gigs including 2012 Country Music Festival in Tamworth, 2009/10/11 Country Music Festival at The Entrance, Lizottes in Kincumber and Newcastle playing live on air in the Fishbowl with Scott Levi on ABC Radio and making it to the finals two years in a row at the Annual Acoustic Awards in Erina Fair.

Shawn has been in the Top Ten Folk/Roots Music Charts for over 3 years and currently ranked #5.

Shawn Lidster imageHe works fulltime at being a songwriter / performer as a Solo Acoustic Artist and duo in Pay the Fiddler, with Tom Beasley (Mandolin/Banjo) playing every week at gigs up and down the Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Playing a mix bag of originals and Roots covers by Neil Young, Steve Earle, CCR, J J Cale, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Celtic, Alt Country, Blues plus some Aussie favourite’s.

Shawn also has a Neil Young Tribute band called Sugar Mountain. They are a 5 piece band that will be playing Acoustic and Electric songs from Neil’s greatest hits. They will be playing gigs from end of March 2013, more info to follow…

In 2010 Shawn released The Burning Cd recorded at Bill Chambers Studio.
It was nominated for the 2010 Country Album of the year by MUSICNL in Newfoundland.

Tracks: The Burning, Angel Comfort Me, Someday, Just A Number and In the End have been receiving airplay in Canada on CBC Radio and on Today’s Country 94.1Fm and other stations in Australia.

Going back to his roots, “The Burning”,takes you on a emotional journey.
11 original songs written about Family, The Past, The Present, The Future and home in Newfoundland.

Its Acoustic/Roots/Folk/Alt Country/Gospel and Blues all combined to showcase Shawn’s ability to express his feelings in different styles of music that he has grown up on and is influenced by.

Featuring some outstanding playing on Dobro, Electric Guitar, Weisenborn, Banjo, Mandolin, Irish Bazooky and Harmonica by one of Australia’s premier alt-country guitarists, Bill Chambers.

Also featuring Michael Muchow an award winning Australian guitarist who grooves along on Drums, Stomp, Percussion, Bass and Electric Guitar.


Shawn has shared the stage with national and international performers and his skill as a songwriter is Legend. As a matter of fact, in 2006 Shawn released a CD, entitled Legends of the Baccalieu Trail, which brings to life the history and characters of the Baccalieu Trail region in Newfoundland. It was nominated for Folk/Roots Album by MUSICNL in 2006.

Cupers Cove the first track was the unofficial theme song for Cupids 400 Celebrations.
All of the songs on this Cd are currently receiving air time on many radio stations inShawn Lidster with Sammy Hagar image Newfoundland and throughout Canada. Two of his traditional songs, The Sealers Song and Newfoundland Summers Day were recorded on the Homebrew 4 and Homebrew 5 CD collections.

While attending Music West in Vancouver in 1995, he met the band Pale Riders from Tasmania, Australia and as a result Shawn was invited to be their opening act for the launch of their new CD on a tour of Eastern Australia and Tasmania. While living in Australia, Shawn wrote a song called Ratso Man and won a song competition sponsored by Triple M and Universal Music that included $15,000 worth of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) equipment.

See Shwan Lidsters R U O K? Day video on Youtube

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