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Séan McCann: The SHANTYMAN Sings for Hermann's

Sun. May 8th 2022 Hermann's Jazz Club $35

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Séan McCann: The SHANTYMAN Sings for Hermann's:

An Intimate Evening with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea!
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Sun. May 8th 2022 + Add to Calendar Hermann's Jazz Club (All Ages)
7:00pm - 9:00pm  Doors at: 5:30pm $35

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A lot has happened in the almost 10 years since Séan McCann exited the
Canadian folk rock arena filling GREAT BIG SEA he co-founded in 1993.
He’s released five successful solo albums touching on a range of subjects
from Canadian life and culture to spotlighting national hardships like the
infamous 2016 wildfires that devastated Fort McMurray, Alberta, in which
he partnered with the Canadian Red Cross. A philanthropist as much as he
is an artist, McCann also organized a songwriters’ benefit in 2017 in
support of veterans suffering with PTSD and addiction. In recognition of
these efforts and his other advocacy work for people living with mental
health and addiction issues, McCann earned the Order of Canada in 2020.

McCann’s own battle with overcoming alcohol addiction, coming clean and
owning his truth has been key to his growth as a husband, a father, a
musician, and a human. Armed with the strength and support of his wife,
Andrea Aragon, McCann co-penned his first book One Good Reason (April,
2020). “It’s the story of how love saved their marriage, and music saved his
life. It is the story of a man freed from the weight of a lie; a man who is
changing his narrative and never forgetting... that he is not alone.”

McCann has shared his powerful and inspiring personal story and songs
with audiences all across North America over the past decade as a solo
performer and musical keynote speaker. As the concert trail is opening up
again as pandemic restrictions loosen, McCann continues to do what loves
best, write and perform songs and share stories accompanied by his best
friend “Old Brown” - the first guitar he purchased back in 1989.

These days, the only “wave” most of us care to hear about is the kind that
lands on a sandy shore or carries a boat safely to its destination. McCann’s
sixth solo album, SHANTYMAN, proves that a 200-year-old, traditional sea
shanty and a modern, new wave pop song can really be just a whistle apart
stylistically. Infectious (in a good way) sing-alongs from an album brimming
with them, SHANTYMAN honours both the recent and the ancient musical
past by blending two of McCann’s favourite genres in foot stompers
guaranteed to lift spirits after the many months we’ve all spent largely in
lonely isolation.

“A song is never more powerful than when it is sung with a friend,” and in
Séan McCann’s musical world the old and the new have always thrived
together, side by side in the same tasty stew. The rhythms of celtic
bodhráns and tin whistles existed in harmony with synths and drum
machines in his curious musical mind. “Growing up in the 1980s in outport
Newfoundland, I was influenced as much by traditional sea shanties as I
was by the new wave videos I watched on that upstart, new Much Music
TV station,” recalls McCann. “My mix tapes comfortably included The
Chieftains and Men at Work on side A and The Police and The Pogues on
side B.”

With McCann’s wide range of influences at play, SHANTYMAN is a great
example of a comfortable dichotomy of both style and story. Though many
of the old sailor songs are about loneliness and longing, McCann conveys
them in such a rousing, joyful manner we all want to catch the same
friendly wave and sail along together with him towards brighter shores.
SHANTYMAN is the sound of freedom and release belted out by a voice
strengthened by the weathering of many personal storms.

“Music is strong Medicine” is the mantra by which McCann measures his
own successful recovery (now 10 years sober). “It has the power to heal
the hurt and unite the divided and we ALL need that now more than ever.”



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