Sherry Ryan

Sherry Ryan

 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CAN
BandCountryFolk

NEWFOUNDLAND'S COUNTRY SWEETHEART "A gifted songwriter and clearly not one to be tied down stylistically, her future looks bright. Her voice is so good so distinct it's absolutely unforgettable" Exclaim! Drifting between country, blues and folk, Ryan beautifully marries these genres together with her Newfoundland roots, adding a somewhat dark, introspective depth as if guided by the power of the sea. Ryan’s one-of-a-kind voice is highly distinctive, merging the sounds of a beefed-up Margo T

Biography

MUSIC NL Female Artist of the Year 2008 & 2006

Drifting between country, blues and folk, Ryan beautifully marries these genres together with her Newfoundland roots, adding a somewhat dark, introspective depth as if guided by the power of the sea. Her one-of-a-kind voice is highly distinctive, merging the sounds of a beefed-up Margo Timmins to a less poppy Anne Murray.

The stark, haunting, “The Narrows”, with horns, piano and mellotron, is a ballad not soon forgotten, right down to the lonely, fogbound ringing of a ship’s bell. To realize it’s a personal reflection on marriage makes it all the more penetrating and contrasts nicely with the upbeat, Gillian Welch-inspired “Blue Ridge Mountains”. Tracks like the klezmer-esque “Burn My Journal” - complete with SFX of Redbird Strike-Anywhere matches and the all-out blues assault of the harp-soaked “Back Step Blues”, where even the farm animals are working against you round out the mood swings. Spirited by a feisty 90 year-old she encountered while working in a Mississippi nursing home, Sister of Mine is stitched together like an age-old quilt, built by love and a strong sense of community.

At the very core is Ryan’s rich vocal style and her uncanny ability to craft songs you cannot forget. The accompaniment is polished without being slick while the songs are simple yet, at the same time, movingly complex. Hers is a voice you pay attention to. She doesn’t leave you any other choice.

Lyrics

Tucked In Tuckered Out

Written By: Sherry Ryan

I don’t think I ever really knew
Though you might have told me
Didn’t know if it was true
Walk away is what I want to do
Instead I find I’m walking
Hoping I’ll run into you

Tucked in tuckered out
Eyes wide open
Got it all figured out
Now I’m hoping
That you’ll want to take the time
Tell me what’s been on your mind

I forgot how hard it is to choose
Between a moment’s pleasure
And a wiser thing to do
When the sinking’s over
Will I see
Everything moving
Into where I want to be
Chorus

Heap of Human Kindness

Written By: Sherry Ryan

I was standing in a heap of human kindness
Wondering how on earth I’d ever pay it back
Was I so inclined to give away what’s mine
Was there really someone keeping track
It all started with the yogis down on Coburg
Who changed my life forever more
Their giving doesn’t stop they’re up there at the top
Now we’re all in luck cause there’s two more
Chorus
It was coming on the Christmas of 2000
I didn’t think I’d make it home at all
When Shirley did her part from the bottom of her heart
Brought me home on a 50/50 draw
Chorus
There’s Bob and Luke and Carolyn and Cathy
And others ah shit there’s a lot
With family and friends the giving never ends
My father’s bailed me out more times than not
Chorus

Tucked in Tuckered Out

Written By: Sherry Ryan

I don’t think I ever really knew
Though you might have told me
Didn’t know if it was true
Walk away is what I want to do
Instead I find I’m walking
Hoping I’ll run into you

Tucked in tuckered out
Eyes wide open
Got it all figured out
Now I’m hoping
That you’ll want to take the time
Tell me what’s been on your mind

I forgot how hard it is to choose
Between a moment’s pleasure
And a wiser thing to do
When the sinking’s over
Will I see
Everything moving
Into where I want to be

Chorus

You Broke My Heart

Written By: Sherry Ryan

You broke my heart
You promised to be careful
That’s not what it’s there for
But you did anyway

Right from the start
I knew what I was in for
It was so plain and simple
But I did anyway

Chorus:
Now I’m on the mend
Thanks to a few friends
I realize that I’m OK
and this was nothing special
I realize that I’m OK
and this was nothing special

Loneliness had the best of me I guess
When you came along
Now you’re on a list of things I detest
My list is not that long

You broke my heart
You promised to be careful
That’s not what it’s there for
But you did anyway

Right from the start
I knew what I was in for
It was so plain and simple
But I did anyway

Chorus

The Narrows

Written By: Sherry Ryan

THE NARROWS
One lonely thing on the ocean
Drifting away and lonesome
I dreamed we danced out of time
Thought you we’re no longer mine

Ship sailed away through the narrows
In love’s ocean of sorrows
I dreamed of dark clouds and rain
What if I never make it back

What if the skies are too cloudy
What if the tides are too rowdy
Would you be there to hold me
Never aware or knowing

Discography

Sister of Mine, LP - 2011
Wonderful Cures, LP - 2007
Bottom of a Heart, LP - 2005

Set List

Set list:

Leave the Light On
Something Else
Blue Ridge Mountains
Burn My Journal
Bottom of a Heart
Nell
Back Step Blues
Heap of Human Kindness
You Broke My Heart