Singer/Songwriter & Instrument Mechanic

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


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.

Sean is a professor of biochemistry by profession. His passion for music is matched equally by his passion for learning and discovery. His research focuses on the mechanisms that control cell fate specification during metazoan development. You can read more about his work here. Otherwise, Sean enjoys spending time with his family, working with his hands, and sketching-- especially birds and flowers.

"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., and on WCUW 91.3FM Worcester

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.

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THU October 20, 2016

Backyard Swagger
Cole's Tavern FHS Gridiron Club Benefit, Franklin, MA, 7PM

THU October 27, 2016

Backyard Swagger
Private Show, Amherst, MA, 9PM

SUN October 30, 2016

Backyard Swagger
Paddy O's, Boston, MA, 9PM

SAT November 12, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Veteran's Inc FREEDOM SONG FESTIVAL, Worcester, MA 12PM

FRI November 18, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Stone Cow Brewery (@Carter Stevens Farm), Barre, MA 6:30PM

SAT November 19, 2016

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

WED November 23, 2016

Backyard Swagger
BBC Franklin PRE-Thanksgiving Party!!!, Franklin, MA, 9PM

FRI December 9th, 2016

Backyard Swagger
Whiskey on Water, Worcester, MA, 9 PM

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Photo by Colin Ryder

Photo by Miriam Smith

Photo by Justin McAlister

Photo by Ted Theodore of Artro.City.

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