DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: There are no signs of slowing down in the future for singer/songwriter Hunter Sheridan, a rising star from Port Perry.
Last month, he paid tribute to his hometown when he recorded a live EP for his new solo project ‘October Wild’ at Old Flame Brewery.
“I needed a venue and I knew I wanted to do it in Port Perry. This town is where I started playing, over at Salvatore’s. We used to play there all the time, so we thought what better place to play than the Old Flame Brewery,” Mr. Sheridan said. “Everybody in town knows it, and it’s a great spot and they were so good to us. I just went in and asked, and they said no problem.”
He also added that the recording session at the local hot-spot was a really unique experience.
“It was cool and a bit difficult. We had to bring all of our own stuff in, so there was such a big set up,” he said. “It probably took longer to set up than it did to record the songs. It was interesting seeing it all put together. It worked really well for the dynamics and everything.”
Mr. Sheridan’s adventure into solo work began when he was alone experimenting with his music.
“I was just playing a lot of acoustic guitar and then I just sparked the idea of, ‘hey, what if I try to write stuff for myself instead of trying to write these band songs?’ It just started off as an idea, and then as I progressed, I thought it would be really cool to make this into something more,” Mr. Sheridan said.
The videos are expected to be released sometime this fall. Mr. Sheridan’s next big performance will be with his band West Hammock on Friday, Sept. 18, when they open for The Strumbellas in Fort Erie.
“It’s really cool because one of the songs at the Old Flame session was a Strumbellas cover, so it was just perfect timing,” he said. “We originally played with the Strumbellas last year in September at The Moustache Club in Oshawa and we got more in touch with them, and heard more of the material and we thought that we really like these guys.”
The local artist credits his father, theatre actor and singer/songwriter Kent Sheridan with supporting his aspirations.
“My dad has been performing his entire life, so I kind of grew up with it really. I never got too much into the theatre aspect of it, more so the performing,” he said. “He’s amazing, he’s really supportive of everything. He’s always been pushing me and he’ll come down and add his notes to the song and say ‘what if you did this here, instead of there?’ It’s really nice to have the support and everything, and the experience as well.”
Mr. Sheridan told The Standard that in the future, he would like to further explore the solo aspect of his career.
“I would love to get everyone involved with the EP back on and do a full length record of it,” he said. “The main focus is with the band West Hammock, but after going through this experience, it’s a really good time to work on the solo work as a side thing.”