Adyn Townes makes his hometown debut Friday July 21 at The Capital Complex.
Adyn Townes will make his hometown debut this weekend with a show at The Capital Complex Friday July 21 at 10 p.m.
No stranger to Fredericton and the East Coast music community having built an impressive career performing as Andy Brown for the past decade, Townes represents a turning point and a new avenue of exploration for the artist whose unique voice and indie-folk sound has earned him an international audience.
Following a near death experience that resulted in a torn rotator cuff, Andy Brown decided it was time for a change. On January 1, 2017, Andy Brown became Adyn Townes.
“The name change has been an incredibly exciting step forward, and also admittedly a bit terrifying,” said Townes. “But after a fall into the waters of Cape Spear, NL, I made the decision ‘not to be the sad guy anymore’ – a commitment that has changed my life in a positive way both professionally and personally.
“I feel like I have a lot more freedom musically, and am constrained by the ‘solo guy with guitar’ typecast far less than before,” said Townes. “Moving forward, the live shows will be more of an energetic, alternative full band sound.”
Townes says fans can expect to hear a mix of songs old and new at this weekend’s show when he takes the stage backed by a full band that includes members Evan McCosham (Coyote), Bruce Rooney (Coyote) and Matt Bridges (Sorrey).
“Besides being told that I sound a lot like Andy Brown, or phone calls from people telling me that someone is impersonating me, changing my stage name has been the best decision I’ve ever made.”
“With the album officially in the books and scheduled for a 2018 release, I’ll be previewing all of the new material at this Friday’s show at The Capital,” said Townes. “It’s been so long since I’ve performed with a full band, and I’m excited to start moving away from the theatre style venues that I had been playing primarily for the past couple of years.”
Townes’ debut album was produced by Colin Buchanan at Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown, PE., and the debut single Sad Songs is currently streaming via soundcloud.
“I’m so happy with the new musical direction as Adyn Townes, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what I’ve been working on for the past year,” he said. “Besides being told that I sound a lot like Andy Brown, or phone calls from people telling me that someone is impersonating me, changing my stage name has been the best decision I’ve ever made.”
When asked if fans could ever see Andy Brown back on stage, Townes is reluctant but sees the humour such an opportunity presents.
“An actual Andy Brown performance, likely no. Regardless of the name change, it’s still the same heart behind every word. An Andy Brown cover show however, well that might be a different story.”