Singer/Songwriter & Instrument Mechanic

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A man of many hats. Old enough to know better, but foolish enough not to care. Playing genre crossing music in and around New England. Now booking live solo and full band shows. To request a booking, please contact Sean by email.

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Sean Ryder brings his self-reliant outlook and strong appetite for learning to his approach to music. Inspired by transcendentalism, Sean writes songs that have been described as "genre-crossing", "deep and overflowing", and "desolate and beautiful". By exploring themes such as nature, introspection, and human behavior, he invites his audience to experience complex emotions and find compassion within themselves. Sean's songs rely on simple stripped-down acoustic arrangements, featuring tenor guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, and acoustic guitars, highlighting the songs' lyrical content.

Water is Life (Boots on the Ground)

Hey friends... Just in time for inauguration day... I have just released a protest song I wrote it in November, at the height of the Standing Rock #noDAPL protests. Trials are beginning in Morton County against the Water Protectors, and they need our support. As a result, I will donate all proceeds from sales of this track to one of a handful of organizations supporting their legal and/or medical needs. Details can be found on my Bandcamp page.


I am honored to have my video covers of "Droned" and "My Best Friend" included in the Telegram and Gazette's list of favorite New England videos of 2016. Victor Infante writes:

Sean Ryder's the first to tell you that he's normally a cowboy chords sort of Americana musician, but his cover of Phil Collins' "Droned" - done for the Telegram & Gazette's Great Phil Collins Cover Song Challenge - is a beautiful piece of work, shot on the back roads of Central Massachusetts and put together with an acoustic guitar, a pennywhistle, a xylophone, two different African drums and vocals. The result is staggering. Also of interest is Ryder's entry for OC Weekly's Air Supply Cover Song Challenge, "My Best Friend."

Droned--Cover Song Challenge Round 1

My Best Friend--Cover Song Challenge Round 2

"In Pieces" by Smith & Ryder

Available now! "In Pieces" is the debut EP by Smith & Ryder. The album received high praise from Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, who wrote "There’s really only one problem with “In Pieces,” the new EP from Worcester Americana duo Smith & Ryder: It’s too short." Victor goes on to describe the album as "remarkably layered and peppered with bits worthy of attention". You can read the full review here. The album can be downloaded from our Bandcamp page, or from CD Baby.

"Small Town Blue" by Smith & Ryder

As heard the nationally syndicated radio program Ice in the A.M., on WCUW 91.3FM Worcester, and WMRC 1490AM Milford

Read a review of "Small Town Blue" by Victor Infante from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. This song is available for download in a variety of formats on my Bandcamp page. A limited number of hard copies are available for purchase at live shows.


SAT January 21, 2016

Backyard Swagger
The Riviera Cafe, Bridgewater, MA, 9PM

FRI February 3, 2016

Backyard Swagger
Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, MA, 8PM

SAT February 10, 2016

Leonard Cohen Tribute Show, hosted by James Keyes
Nick's, Worcester, MA 9PM

SAT February 16, 2016

Bob Moon and Friends
Beatnik's, Worcester, MA 9PM

SAT February 18, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Homefield Brewing, Sturbridge, MA 6PM

SAT February 25, 2016

Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, hosted by Stan Matthews
Beatnik's, Worcester, MA 9PM


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