The Sheyana Band
resonate rock solid rhythms and tightly packaged grooves steeped in blues and storytelling.
Tasmanian blues act The Sheyana Band have a new single called Soul Sister. The track has already won fans at community radio scoring a top 2 spot on the amrap charts.
Soul Sister is a remix of a track from last years Big Love album, for which they won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s Victorian & Tasmanian Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Act/Artist of the Year.
Big Love, debuted in the Top 20 of the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts 2018 and No. 1 on the national “Sounds like Cafe” Playlist.
Led by captivating front-woman Sheyana Wijesingha, The Sheyana Band are making waves with live shows and airplay, both on a national and international scene. Recent and upcoming performances at Festival of King Island 2020, Fruits of the Roots – Diesel Concert 2019, Party in the Paddock 2019, Cygnet Folk Festival 2019, Skyfields Concerts 2017 and 2019 and The Forth Valley Blues Festival 2018, see them as favourites at major music festivals in Tasmania, The band have supported iconic Australian musicians that include Hoodoo Gurus, Neil Finn, Meg Mac, Mojo Juju, Renee Geyer, Diesel, The Angels, Ian Moss and Bill Chambers.
Sheyana is an impassioned singer, songwriter, guitarist of Celtic/Sri Lankan heritage, Her rich, sultry tones are heartfelt and her authentic storytelling delivery is engaging, with Mainwaring’s seemingly effortless, signature guitar and mesmerising play, complemented by the rock-solid rhythm section of seasoned bassist Dan Jeffrey and talents of Beau Thomas on drums; creating an exciting blend of contemporary folk, soul, southern rock and hip swinging blues.
It is not surprising to see that out of this chemistry came the inspiration for their current album, “Big Love”, which is their best work yet. This album was recorded and sound engineered by Al Future at The Chapel in Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania.
The title track single and official music video “Big Love” was released Friday 16th February 2018 and the album was released the following month, Friday 23rd March 2018, with Foghorn Records, Sydney through MGM.
The band’s new single, “Soul Sister” (Remix) was released on March 8, 2019.
“A significant milestone of rockin blues and soul felt songs that are both emotive and accessible”. by Creature Tales
“Hard hitting southern rock and blues outfit The Sheyana band tear up the highway with their killer riffs, swampy swagger and earth shattering front lady Sheyana. The band carefully toe the line between all-out roots, rock n’ roll and gentler soulful blues songs, twisting and turning through energetic rhythms and emotional stories. These songs pack a punch with outstanding musicianship and intelligent lyrics.” by TUNEDLOUD.COM
Sheyana’s roots began when her Tasmanian Mother and Sri Lankan father met on a ship bound for England. Sheyana found passion for music and love of poetry at age six and picked up her first guitar at eight. Developing a love of harmonies from listening to her mother’s family choir, she began songwriting as a teenager.
Success came when Sheyana’s song, “Wash me in the water”, was selected feature on “Bloomers One” Australian Women’s Singer-Songwriters Compilation CD, released by Roadshow Warner, and it was with this success, that Sheyana’s career kicked off.
Sheyana then teamed up with former Pale Rider’s guitarist and winner of a National Best Blues Act Award Scott Mainwaring. This musical partnership produced their award winning songs, “Two Birds” and “Keep the Change”. Success followed with their EP “Sweet Honesty” and the song “Two Birds” won an OzSong International Songwriting Award.
With 12 years performing together under their belts, Scott and Sheyana joined forces with Dan Jeffrey and Beau Thomas. The Sheyana Bands first EP, “Keep the Change” produced an international hit.
“While travelling to Sri Lanka to reunite with her father in 2015, “Keep the Change” hit the charts and Sheyana discovered her second island home and a new audience for her music.” by YESFM Radio, Columbo Sri Lanka.
Inspired by the experience Sheyana began writing with a new passion that propelled The Sheyana Band’s award winning album, “Big Love”
Sheyana fronts The Sheyana Band and performs solo shows on the Spirit of Tasmania. “Between ships” she is writing songs for the band’s next album and playing solo and duo gigs across the country with Scott Mainwaring and her songbird daughter, Mahlah.
The band will tour Australia later in the year and will also head to the UK, Europe and Sri Lanka for promo opportunities and some headlines shows.
Winners of The Chris Wilson Award 2018 for Emerging Act/Artist of the Year
“We’re so stoked and honoured to receive The Chris Wilson Award 2018 for Emerging Act of the Year.” – The Sheyana Band.
“Winning the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s Victorian and Tasmanian blues award is a much deserved and earned recognition of talent and commitment for The Sheyana Band. They are the only act from Tasmania to ever receive this award – Helen Jennings.