HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, CANADA
“When you consider also that it is their debut release it all adds to the magical genius that has combined to make this one of the best releases to come out of the east coast this year, with soundscapes behind tracks that add to the magical carpet ride that you have just undertaken.” — Stevie Connor, Blues and Roots Radio
“This album gracefully transitions from moments of subtle beauty and organized chaos, highly recommended!” — Dillon Anthony, The East Magazine
“Stunningly beautiful vocals and melodies...There's a haunting fragile beauty here, with frantic moments that kind of jump out here and there, driven by that classic sensibility...You take a trip on this music, man.” — Jeff Liberty, CBC
“I give this album 4.5 stars out of 4. No, wait… 17 stars out of 12. No… More stars than there are on the American flag. That’s the one. 52 stars out of 5!” — Stephen Lewis, Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun
“The organic sound of its 2017 album, Come What May Come, floats on finely tuned five-part harmony, twin violins and the gritty fury of Swain’s forthright vocals.” — Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
“It’s the vocals that truly stand out. It’s such a rare thing to hear five-part harmonies live on stage, that you can’t help but be completely hypnotized by the beauty of it all. — Jeff MacEachern, Halifax Bloggers
We’re The Barrowdowns—a contemporary/alternative folk quintet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our live musical performance has enjoyed positive reception in a wide variety of audiences and venues. Whether we perform purely acoustic and un-mic’d, or amplified and turned up loud, we’re suited to play any venue—big or small! We want to share our music with the diverse audience we’re confident we can captivate with our unique sound and performance. On the heels of ECMA and Music Nova Scotia award nominations for our 2017 debut full-length release, Come What May Come, we’re eagerly planning a spring album release and our performance and tour schedule for 2019 and would be honoured to be considered as part of your programming.
Please check out the information below to learn more about us. We hope you enjoy our music and sincerely appreciate your consideration in helping us share it!
Kendra, Rowan, Adam, Dave, Neal
“You take a trip on this music, man.” - Jeff Liberty, CBC
Drawing from influences old and new, diverse instrumentation and soaring five-part vocal harmonies characterize the unique alternative folk sound of Halifax-based band, The Barrowdowns. Kendra Breen, Rowan Swain, Adam Martin, Dave Fultz, and Neal Read create an eclectic brand of energetic and haunting folk music that is described as “graceful transitions between subtle beauty and organized chaos” (Dillon Anthony, The East Magazine).
Currently in the studio crafting their follow-up to 2017’s debut album, Come What May Come, the band is hard at work planning a spring release, Maritime and Eastern Canadian tours, and single and video releases this winter. Receiving nominations for East Coast Music Award Rising Star Recording of the Year and Music Nova Scotia Folk Recording of the Year award, Come What May Come saw appearances on the !earshot National Top 50 and Folk/Roots/Blues Top 10 and consistent Top 5 charting on the Stingray Folk/Roots/Blues channel.
Twice voted Best Folk Band in their hometown’s Best of Halifax Readers Choice Awards (The Coast: Gold 2016, Bronze 2017), the band has been captivating crowds across the Maritimes at festivals, clubs, pubs, theatres, music halls, house shows and weddings since 2014. With over 125 performances in those short four years, they’ve appeared at festivals like Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and Lunenburg’s famous Folk Harbour Festival, and headlined Living Roots Festival in Fredericton, NB and Full Circle Festival in Newport, NS. In addition to opening for artists like Calliope Musicals (Austin, Texas) Ash Grunwald (Australia), Poor Man’s Whiskey (San Francisco, California), The Jerry Cans (Iqaluit), The Wooden Sky (Toronto), and Shred Kelly (Fernie, BC), they’ve also performed their own songs with the 160-member Halifax Music Co-Op Orchestra and Choir as part of their Inventions 2017 concert series.
With “stunningly beautiful vocals and melodies, haunting fragile beauty, and frantic moments that kind of jump out here and there” (Jeff Liberty, CBC) wrapped up in gripping songs that stick with you long after the last chord has rung out, The Barrowdowns create music that will keep you spellbound—even while you stomp your feet.
Diverse instrumentation and soaring five-part vocal harmonies characterize the unique alternative folk sound of Halifax-based band, The Barrowdowns. Kendra Breen, Rowan Swain, Dave Fultz, Adam Martin, and Neal Read create an eclectic brand of folk music that is both energetic and haunting. With gripping songs that stick with you long after the last chord has rung out, The Barrowdowns create music that will keep you spellbound—even while you stomp your feet.
Rowan Swain - Vocals, Guitar
Kendra Breen - Vocals, Violin
Adam Martin - Vocals, Drums & Percussion
Dave Fultz - Vocals, Banjo, Violin, Elec. Guitar
Neal Read - Vocals, Bass
Nominated for East Coast Music Award: Rising Star Recording of the Year (2018)
Nominated for Music Nova Scotia Folk Recording of the Year (2017)
Won Best Folk Band / Artist (Gold 2016, Bronze 2017) in the Coast's Best of Halifax reader's choice awards
Performed as part of Inventions 2017, with the Halifax Music Co-op Orchestra and Choir (October 2017)
Appearances on !earshot National Top 50 and Folk/Roots/Blues Top 10
Consistent Top 5 charting on the Stingray Folk/Roots/Blues channel
Showcased at East Coast Music Week (2017, 2018)
Showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, NS (2016, 2017)
Released debut full-length album, Come What May Come, in May 2017
Partnered with Two Crows Brewing to make a fan-named APA brew, "Mockingbrew" in honour of the album's first single release
Headlined opening night of Full Circle Festival (Newport Landing, NS)
Headlined at Living Roots Festival (Fredericton, NB)
Headlined at Tay Creek Music Festival (Tay Creek, NB)
Other 2017 festival performances include Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Evolve Festival, FeelsGood Folly Fest, and In the Dead of Winter Festival
Completed three-month residency at The Local, performing weekly at the Halifax bar (February 2018)
MAY 2017 - Come What may Come
All songs written and produced by The Barrowdowns. Recorded by
Jason Jenkyns at Codapop Studios in Halifax, NS in February/March 2017. Additonal recording by Neal Read. Mixed by Jason Jenkyns at Codapop Studios. Mastered by J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering. Album Artwork by Emily Powers.
The Seahorse Tavern (Halifax, NS), Parkindale Hall (Parkindale, NB), The Osprey Theatre (Shelburne, NS), The Mermaid Theatre (Windsor, NS), The Carleton (Halifax, NS), Chester Playhouse (Chester, NS), The Cunard Centre (Halifax, NS), The Marigold Centre (Truro, NS), The Capital (Fredericton, NB), Wilser's Room (Fredericton, NB), Codapop Studios (Halifax, NS), The Company House (Halifax, NS), Plan B (Moncton, NB), Baba’s Lounge (Charlottetown, PE), The Cellar (UNB) (Fredericton, NB), The Red Herring (St. Andrews, NB), Pub Down Under (Saint John, NB), Evergreen Theatre (Margaretsville, NS), The Local (Halifax, NS), Menz & Mollyz (Halifax, NS), Peppers Pub (Saint John, NB), The Harvey Hall (Harvey, NB), The T-Room (Halifax, NS), HMCS King’s Wardroom (Halifax, NS), The Bus Stop Theatre (Halifax, NS), Gus’ Pub (Halifax, NS), Saint John Alehouse (Saint John, NB), Governor’s Pub (Sydney, NS), Taco Pica (Saint John, NB), Rockbottom Pub (Halifax, NS), The Open Mic House (Halifax, NS), The Grawood (DAL) (Halifax, NS)
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival - Fredericton, NB (2017)
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (2017)
Evolve Festival - Moncton, NB (2016,17,18)
FeelsGood Follyfest - Gagetown, NB (2015,16,17,18)
Halifax Music Co-op Inventions (2017)
Nova Scotia Music Week - Truro, NS (2016, 17)
East Coast Music Week - Halifax, NS (2018)
East Coast Music Week - Saint John, NB (2017)
St. Andrews PaddleFest - St. Andrews, NB (2015)
Cloggeroo Folk Festival - Georgetown, PE (2016)
In The Dead of Winter Music Festival - Halifax, NS (2017)
Full Circle Festival - Newport Landing, NS (2015,17) *headliner
Living Roots Festival - Fredericton, NB (2016,17) *headliner
Dooryard Music and Arts Festival - Woodstock, NB (2018)
Messtival - Anagance, NB (2016)
Tay Creek Folk Festival - Tay Creek, NB (2018) *headliner
Afternoon Delight Festival - Penobsquis, NB (2015)
Growing Green Festival - Bridgewater, NS (2015)
Stream our debut album, Come What May Come.
Below you will find a list of our technical requirements, which isn’t meant to cause any inconvenience to you, but rather ensure a smooth arrival, setup, sound check, performance, tear-down, and departure from your venue. If you have any questions or foresee any issues in providing any of the specified items below, please contact us before the day of the show, and we’ll be happy to work out a solution.