We’re The Barrowdowns—an alternative folk band 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. We enjoyed a busy spring and summer touring schedule in 2016-17, which included 15 Maritime festival performances. We’re eagerly planning our touring and festival schedule for 2018 and would like to be considered for 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!
Diverse instrumentation and soaring five-part vocal harmonies characterize the unique alternative folk sound of Halifax-based band, The Barrowdowns. Born in a cold dark Albertan winter in 2014, the band was started by Halifax musicians Kendra Breen and Rowan Swain. Upon their move back to Nova Scotia, the duo joined up with veteran Halifax musicians Dave Fultz, Adam Martin, and Neal Read to 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)
- Will showcase at East Coast Music Week 2018 (Halifax)
- Performed as part of Inventions 2017 with the Halifax Music Co-op Orchestra (October 2017)
- Showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, NS (November 2017)
- Released debut full-length album, Come What May Come, in May 2017
- Won Best Folk Band / Artist (Gold 2016, Bronze 2017) in the Coast's Best of Halifax reader's choice awards
- Successfully met funding goal with Pledge Music crowdfunding campaign
- Partnered with Two Crows Brewing to make a fan-named APA brew, "Mockingbrew" in honour of the album's first single release
- Established relationship with Spincount (publicity and radio tracking)
- Headlined opening night of Full Circle Festival (Newport Landing, NS)
- Headlined Living Roots Festival (Fredericton, 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.
- Expanded venue base to include Maritime theatres and halls including Chester Playhouse, Evergreen Theatre, The Harvey Hall, Parkindale Hall, and The Marigold Cultural Centre
- Showcased at East Coast Music Week 2017
- Showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week 2016
- Completed three-month residency at The Local, performing weekly at the Halifax bar.
- Provided direct support for The Jerry Cans album release show in Halifax
- Provided direct support for The Wooden Sky at this year's In the Dead of Winter Festival in Halifax.
- Released The Barrowdowns self-titled EP in spring 2016
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.
MAY 2016 - The Barrowdowns EP
Recorded by Charles Austin at Echo Chamber Audio in February 2015. Mixed and mastered by Callum Gaudet. Album Artwork by Emily Powers. All songs written and produced by The Barrowdowns.
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
Wilser's Room - Fredericton, NB
Codapop Studios - Halifax, NS
The Seahorse Tavern - Halifax, NS
Parkindale Hall - Parkindale, NB
The Carleton - Halifax, NS
Chester Playhouse - Chester, NS
The Cunard Centre - Halifax, NS
The Marigold Centre - Truro, NS
The Capital - Fredericton, NB
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
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Halifax Music Co-op Inventions (2017)
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival - Fredericton, NB (2017)
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (2017)
Evolve Festival - Moncton, NB (2016,17)
Nova Scotia Music Week - Truro, NS (2016, 17)
East Coast Music Week - Saint John, NB (2017)
FeelsGood Follyfest - Gagetown, NB (2015,16,17)
Living Roots Festival - Fredericton, NB (2016,17)
St. Andrews PaddleFest - St. Andrews, NB (2015)
Full Circle Festival - Newport Landing, NS (2015,17)
Cloggeroo Folk Festival - Georgetown, PE (2016)
Messtival - Anagance, NB (2016)
Afternoon Delight Festival - Penobsquis, NB (2015)
Collaborate and Listen - Kingston, NB (2015)
Midsummer Madness - Kingston, NB (2016)
Growing Green Festival - Bridgewater, NS (2015)
Courage to Give Back Awards - Halifax, NS (2015)
FeelsGood Christmas Party - Fredericton, NB (2014)
FeelsGood Winter Bash - Halifax, 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.
Stage Setup / Input List:
- 5 vocals
- 1 Bass Guitar via amplifier
- 1 Violin, 1 banjo, and 1 electric guitar via single amplifier
- 1 Acoustic guitar via Direct Input
- 1 drum set: bass drum, 1 rack tom, 1 floor tom, 1 snare drum, various cymbal
*for “acoustic” performances, drum set may be substituted with a box drum/cajon depending on venue size and configuration, which requires 2 mics: 1 for both the front and rear of the instrument.
*Monitor Setup: A minimum of three (3) monitors is preferred for bigger venues (2 facing the three members in the front and at least 1 (2 if possible) to face the rhythm section.
*A scheduled sound check is appreciated if possible.