Photo Supplied by PR
Halifax based folk band, The Barrowdowns are made up of Kendra Breen, Rowan Swain, Adam Martin, Dave Fultz, and Neal Read. The five-piece is nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year at the 2018 ECMAs for their release Come What May Come. We were happy to catch up the folks of The Barrowdowns to chat about the nomination, live performance and so much more.
Also, take a few minutes and check out their song, “Mockingbird”. While you’re at it, find out more about The Barrowdowns below.
First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi! We’re Kendra, Rowan, Neal, Adam, and Dave from Halifax NS. Collectively we are the Barrowdowns. We like chocolate, music, and trees (but probably not in that order).
Being nominated for Rising Star is such a big deal. What was your reaction when you found out you were being nominated in this category?
To be honest, we were really surprised! Come What May Come is our first full-length release as a band, so it is amazing to be on a list with such talented artists.
Will this be your first time attending the ECMAs?
No, we played the Spincount Stage last year in St. John. It was great to experience the festival in another city, and we’re really excited to have it in Halifax this year.
What part of ECMAs are you most excited for?
We’re just looking forward to immersing ourselves in five days of music. The ECMAs are a chance to eat, sleep, and breath the full breadth of the East Coast music scene with some of our favourite artists.
If you’re playing the ECMAs, where is your showcase?
We’ll be playing the Rising Star Stage at The Seahorse Tavern, Friday, May 4th along with a whole bunch of amazing artists. Come check it out and dance with us (we’ll be on at 10 pm sharp)!
If someone has yet to see you perform, what should they expect from your live performance?
We always strive to create emotional music that makes you want to dance. We’ve played a whole lot of festivals these past few summers and we find that the most fun to be had is getting folks moving. Throw some five-part harmonies and diverse instrumentation onto that and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
If you had to recommend one song to someone who has yet to hear your music, which would you choose and why?
We’ve been writing a lot of new songs these days, and “Mockingbird” seems to be a good bridge between the old and the new.
You’re up against some talented artists in this category, but as we know the east coast is full of talent. Who are some of your favourite east coast bands and artists?
You said it! Lately we’re really liking (in no particular order): Like a Motorcycle, The Brood, The Drug Rugs, Shadow, Goat Stories, Sloan, Wintersleep, Hello Delaware, Aquaculture, Kxng Wooz, Lazeez, Superfluid, Mama’s Broke, Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble, Womb to Tomb, The Hypochondriacs, Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun, Arsoniste, Almasy, Helen & Lucy, The Falling Leaves, Montgomery Street Band, David In The Dark, Walrus, Ashlen, Reeny Smith, Roxy and The Underground Soul Sound, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, Earthbound, Jinx The Cat, Weak Size Fish, Sorry, Ostrea Lake, Emily Stewart, Donald MacLennan, Cronos Band, Floodland, Cameron, Elephant Skeletons, Jessie Brown, Pineo & Loeb, City Natives, Les Paiens, Kinley, Willie Stratton… We could keep going for a while, but we’ll leave it at that.
As an up and coming artist, what was the best advice you ever got from another artist or industry person?
“Love your fans.” (we’ve got the best ones so it’s easy)
Finally, what can we expect from you in 2018?
Well, we spent the winter hibernating and writing new songs, and we have a full Spring and Summer of performances and recording to look forward to. More than anything we’re just excited to come out and play for all of you!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.