Sean Hamilton
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Sean Hamilton

Calgary, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Calgary, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Folk Rock




"Lindi Ortega, Tanner James/Sean Hamilton, Sykamore at The Palomino"

CALGARY — It was horribly apparent that Stampede was in full swing. Guys and gals were clad with beer branded cowboy hats and no one was frowning upon double fisting, even triple fisting drinks. The basement of the Palomino was abuzz for a sold-out Saturday show. Lindi Ortega and guests had a frisky crowd on their hands.

A young and vibrant Sykamore was kindling to the night’s fire. The Calgary doll stood alone, simply her acoustic and eager voice. The folky singer had a mellow vibe, which was harshened slightly with an intriguing cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.”

Tanner James and Sean Hamilton were second in the saddle. The Cowtownians, who had met during Calgary Folk Fest songwriting finals, are now a duo with a record that dropped in May. The boys brought knee-slapping good times, with exuberantly handsome enthusiasm. James and Hamilton would later join the mass in swooning over Ortega, her presence felt much before she would shimmy to the stage in her classic little red boots.

When Lindi Ortega hit the stage at midnight, she declared it was the witching hour – time to get freaky! I was appalled, at first, to see the stage without a bassist. Rockabilly/country without bass? It didn’t matter: Lindi and her two bandmates were spellbinding. The basement was hypnotized, only snapping out of trance state to hoot and holler between songs. Her Dolly Parton-esque voice and pure presence wrapped in ruby lipstick made newcomers fall in love, the vagabond strengthening the faith held by existing fans. My flesh was garnished with goose bumps when she expressed her Mexican heritage, rolling out a few Spanish phrases. Muy caliente.

Ortega rang out an array of her own songs, heartbreaking ballads, swinging stompers and a few covers, including a crowd pleasing version of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”

Near the end of her show, the witchy woman requested a shot of whiskey and a cigarette. Damn straight, the lovely Lindi deserved a Texas mickey of rye and an entire case of Marlies after such a heartfelt performance. The Nashville dweller continues to shine infinitely brighter than her tin star days. - Beatroute

"Palomino NYE Bash"

When the hockey game FINALLY ends, Sean Hamilton starts to play, and it’s worth the wait. If Neil Young had been a pop musician in spirit, with bits of his folk-country-rock being voiced in a clearer, thematically changing style while still playing acoustic guitar, this is what he would’ve sounded like. Or not. Melodically and rhythmically dynamic post-folk? - Examiner


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    Mixtape Volume I - Sean Hamilton - 2013




Sean Hamilton can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a driving force in his life, inspiring him and shaping him. For the last ten years he has played in countless cities in countless bars and crossed endless miles of highway to become the artist he is today; a purposeful storyteller who writes and plays with passion, honesty and infectious energy. His years of playing across multiple genres has honed his sound into a blend of Canadian folk rock that is cleverly articulated and beautifully orchestrated. Sean dextrously blends the styles of influences like Bruce Springsteen, Laura Jane Grace, Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan, while firmly maintaining his own unique voice. Each song is thoughtfully presented, wryly observational and full of beautiful images that envelope the listener entirely.

In Pushing Back The Sea, his first solo album, Sean’s honest vocals present a heartfelt confessional-- artfully told and richly textured: the rhythms will draw you in and the lyrical presentation will make you stay. Produced by Spencer Kathrens and with support from local talents, Adam Richer, Eric Svilpis, Stephanie Dawn, Keith Millis, Keath Mueller, Reed Shimozawa and Liz Stevens, the record holistically explores the intricacies of love won and lost, and the multi-faceted nature of the human condition. Emotional questions and satirical anecdotes dance around each other in a quest to get to the truth of the moment of each experience.

 Few songwriters of his generation have the ability to be so honestly articulate about life--which never turns out as planned--while simultaneously making you want to shout from the rooftops about how lucky you are to be living it. He finds beauty in heartbreak and humour in mistakes and as a result has created a style that is almost impossible not to love.

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