Matthew Byrne


GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present Newfoundland's young traditional singer Matthew Byrne in concert.

Matthew's music offers tasteful and honest interpretations of traditional folk music delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals.
His repertoire transcends time and place, and offers a collection of traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $15 at the door

""Matt's interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin' perfect."
Alan Doyle - Great Big Sea

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Matthew Byrne was born into a family of music makers from Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, and his repertoire is heavily influenced by this unique singing tradition. It is a tradition that thrives on the song - the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody - and Matthew's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. His understanding of the ebb and flow of a narrative, his superb musicianship and his clean, clear tenor voice all contribute to the splendour of his music.

Since bursting on to the trad scene four years ago with his debut recording, Ballads, Matthew has swiftly earned his place as one of the East Coast's most authentic and vital traditional voices. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, was released in early 2014. It brilliantly showcases his musical growth as a traditional singer and guitarist. It asserts a new level of musicianship and a skill with interpreting and arranging traditional music.

In addition to his solo work, Matthew is a bouzouki player and vocalist for The Dardanelles, a Celtic supergroup of young traditional players from Newfoundland. This five-piece group, which includes CBC's Tom Power, has made quite a name for themselves throughout the North American folk music circuit. They have performed at numerous notable events including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, UK, and The Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia.

"Matthew Byrne sings with a voice as true as a compass needle and is a dab hand on his instruments as well."
James Keelaghan

McAlpine's Crew audio clip:

The Jolly Ploughboy audio clip:

Bold Nelson audio clip:

Heroes audio clip:

Video clips here.

Matthew's Web site here.