Headwater (band)

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Headwater is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They have played as featured acts in festivals such as the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2008 and Merritt Mountain Music Festival in 2007.[1]


Headwater was formed in 2001 by guitarist and percussionist Jonas Shandel and mandolinist/guitarist Matt Bryant, who had played together in a punk band in high school.[2][3] The duo began performing in the Vancouver area, including on ferries, and developed into a band with four regular members and one of several drummers.[4][5]

Their debut studio album in 2006, My Old Friend, sold four thousand copies in B.C. in its first sixteen months. Their follow-up album, Lay You Down, was released in 2008 on their own label, Nowhere Town Records; and invited to showcase at the 2008 WCMA with label mates tour collaborator DAMANTA.[6] Songs from both albums are in regular rotation nationally on the CBC. The band performed at the Under the Volcano Festival in Vancouver.[7]

By 2012, the band members were Shandel, Bryant, pedal steel player Tim Tweedle, and Pat Metzgar on upright bass.[8] In April that year Headwater released a new single, "Your Love" from their third studio record, PUSH. A limited run of hand numbered vinyl will be sold to promote the new EP, recorded by Marc L'Esperance and Bill Buckingham in Vancouver, B.C.

Headwater was recently included in the 2012 Peak Performance Project.



  • Jonas Shandel: vocals, guitar
  • Noah Walker: Guitars
  • Michael Rush: Bass
  • "Dizzy" Daniel Moorehead, Saxophone


  • Matt Bryant - guitar
  • Tim Tweedale - pedal steel
  • Patrick Metzgar - bass[9]


  1. ^ "Merritt Mountain Music Festival Line Up July 12 – 15, 2007". That's Country. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ "Headwater at head of class". North Island Gazette, January 24, 2013
  3. ^ "Headwater shows its roots". BC Local, January 14, 2012
  4. ^ "NV band's music strikes a chord". North Shore News, Jeremy Shepherd October 28, 2012
  5. ^ "Forget dry land, head for water". Kamloops This Week, July 7, 2007
  6. ^ Butler, Catholine (June 2008). "The Celtic Connection Issue Number 167 "DAMANTA The Drunken Priest and the Ghostly Hymns of Autumn"". The Celtic Connection. The Celtic Connection Magazine.
  7. ^ "Interviews & Artikel HEADWATER It’s raining songs". Ox-Fanzine, #81, December 2008 issue. Myron Tsakas
  8. ^ "Headwater, C.R. Avery, The River and the Road – Live Review". Vancouver Weekly News, May 10, 2012 by Sarah Kramer
  9. ^ "Headwater expands its sound and vision". Georgia Straight, by Alexander Varty on May 2nd, 2012

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