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Artist: Handsome Ned

b: 1957 as Robin David Masyk; d: January 10, 1987

Born in West Germany, where his father was stationed at an airforce base, Masyk’s family moved to Canada in 1970. Eight years later he moved to Texas where he worked in Austin for two years. It was this stay that cultivated Masyk’s love for country music and when he returned to Canada he entrenched himself in the Queen Street circuit where he could grow as an eclectic alternative artist with a C & W slant that incorporates both reggae and rockabilly.

Had his hand in dozens of projects including fronting the Sidewinders’ and playing guitar with the Hayseed Hellions, The Valours, and The Running Kind, as well as performing with Toronto reggae legend Mohjah

The Sidewinders consisted of Masyk’s brother Jim Travis Masyk (guitars), Nate Vincent (bass), and drummer Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo, The Sharks). The Hellions featured a nine-piece country line-up including J.D. Weatherstone of the Demics on drums (as well as an early stint with the Sidewinders) and occasionally Johnny MacLeod.

The NFB financed a 30-minute documentary called ‘The Ballad Of Handsome Ned’ in 1985 by Ross Edmunds and was well received at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

The Handsome Neds consisted of Steve Koch (Viletones, Demics, Hayseed Hellions) on guitar; J.D. Weatherstone (Demics) on drums, and bassist Rene Frattura (Herald Nix)

In 1986 he appeared in a Molson Beer commercial because of his distinctive urban cowboy look.

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