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The Festival of Small Halls featuring Ian Sherwood w/Special Guest Dean Batstone

Ian Sherwood

“Everywhere To Go” is Sherwood’s latest studio creation. The album is considered to be his best to date and is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood’s signature style of imaginative, narrative writing.

Sherwood is a musician, story teller and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”

Starting his music career as an in-demand saxophone player in Toronto, Sherwood soon began looking for an outlet for his poetic side. His unique musicianship combined with his tales of heartbreak, victory and adventure quickly gained recognition as a solid performer, lyricist and player. This lead to a nomination for the 2011 ECMA award for Male Solo Artist Recording of the Year.

Dean Batstone

A veteran of the Canadian Music scene, having performed full time across Canada and The US for over 30 years, Dean Batstone has been based in New York state since 2007. A charismatic live performer who works solo or with a band, he has recorded 11 full length albums with some of the most iconic musicians in America.His most recent double release of 2 CD’s, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Broken’, is witness to his prolific nature and measurable talent.

He has been covered by, or has co-written with, numerous artists and has received high praise from the industry, his peers and the press. His song ‘Love Don’t Happen Every Time’ from his earlier release ‘Lonely In America’, chosen by the learned panel for 2014’s International Songwriting Contest finalists in the A/C category, simultaneously charted on the US A/C Pop Independent radio charts at number 37, after entering the charts at #144, while Dean also charted with a song he co-wrote and produced for New York singer Lucy Bonilla, which recently peaked at #24 on the same charts.