While appreciative, Downey wasn’t comfortable accepting donations, so along with some help from Emma Louise Chevarie, organizer of the Music Runs Through it series in Fredericton where they played, they came up with an idea to say thanks, help replace the guitars and fund a new album all at the same time.
Downey performed the sets from his recent tour on Facebook Live Sunday evening.
The online concert was free, but while it was streaming, Music Runs Through It held a pre-sale order campaign for Downey’s next recording at gofundme.com.
The campaign, which was only open during the roughly two-hour broadcast, brought in $5,135.
Downey, who gave a ‘tour’ of his home while performing the show, plans to personally mail an advanced copy to everyone who pre-ordered the future album.
“This will allow for legitimate revenue from the next Album's purchase to replace my instruments while at the same time help with the upcoming recording process,” Downey wrote in a post on Facebook prior to the concert.
Videos of Downey’s house tour can still be viewed at ShermanDowneyMusic on Facebook.