Headwater (band)

Headwater is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[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,[6] sold four thousand copies in B.C. in its first sixteen months. Their follow-up album, Lay You Down,[7][8][9] was released in 2008 on their own label, Nowhere Town Records. They played as featured acts in festivals such as the 2008 TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the 2007 Merritt Mountain Music Festival. Songs from both albums were in regular rotation nationally on CBC Radio.[citation needed]

Headwater was invited to showcase at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards with label mates and tour collaborator Damanta.[10] The band also performed at the 2008 Under the Volcano Festival in Vancouver.[11]

By 2012, the band members were Shandel, Bryant, pedal steel player Tim Tweedle, and Pat Metzgar on upright bass.[12] In April of that year Headwater released a new single, "Your Love" from their third studio record, Push.[13][14] A limited run of hand numbered vinyl was sold to promote the new EP, which was recorded by Marc L'Esperance and Bill Buckingham in Vancouver, B.C. The single was made available for free download, and Bryant wrote an article in the Georgia Straight on the subject of crowdfunding.[15]

Headwater was one of the finalist bands in the 2012 Peak Performance Project.[16]

The band became inactive in 2015.



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


  • Matt Bryant - guitar
  • Tim Tweedale - pedal steel
  • Patrick Metzgar - bass[17]


  1. "The Rogue Folk Club presents Headwater, Oct 2011". roguefolk.bc.ca. Rogue Folk. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  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. "Headwater – My Old Friend". discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  7. "Headwater – Lay You Down". discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  8. Lucas, John. "Headwater mashes up folk, Feb 2009". straight.com. The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  9. Roberts, Lynn. "Album Review: Headwater – Lay You Down, May 2009". forfolkssake.com. For Folk's Sake. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  10. 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.
  11. "Interviews & Artikel HEADWATER It’s raining songs". Ox-Fanzine, #81, December 2008 issue. Myron Tsakas
  12. "Headwater, C.R. Avery, The River and the Road – Live Review". Vancouver Weekly News, May 10, 2012 by Sarah Kramer
  13. Varty, Alexander. "Headwater expands its sound and vision". straight.com. The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  14. "Headwater Plays the James Bay Market". jamesbaymarket.com. James Bay Market Society. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  15. Bryant, Matt. "Why I didn't use crowd-funding...Apr 2012". straight.com. The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  16. Mcavoy, Christine. "Peak Performance Project TOP 20 for 2012". vancouverisawesome.com. Vancouver is Awesome. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  17. "Headwater expands its sound and vision". Georgia Straight, by Alexander Varty on May 2nd, 2012

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