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Fresh from Newfoundland Canada, via the Warwick Folk Festival, we are delighted to host Matthew Byrne for a Gig at the Greenhouses and he is excited to visit us too!

Matthew’s music has travelled well beyond the rugged shores of his Canadian Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, Hearts & Heroes, receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

Matthew’s third album, Horizon Lines, was released in the UK on Tom Sweeney’s RootBeat label in May of 2018. This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic, with powerful Scottish and Irish roots of influence.

Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills a space. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.

Have a pre-listen here

“It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT! Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.” ~ BRIAN O’DONOVAN, WGBH BOSTON

“Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country.” ~ PENGUIN EGGS MAGAZINE

“His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital folk performer.” ~ TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC

“Matt’s interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin’ perfect.” ~ ALAN DOYLE

“A voice as true as a compass needle.” ~ JAMES KEELAGHAN

Gates open 5.30pm to give an opportunity to see the gardens and get food and drink.  Mathew’s first set will be at 6.15pm to 7pm. Interval 7pm to 7.30pm. Second set 7.30pm to about 8.15pm.

We put on our Gigs at the Greenhouses to let people hear brilliant music, enjoy our lovely gardens and to raise money so that the community can benefit from BPCG 7 days a week.

photo credit: Chris Ledrew

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