Traditional Singer & Guitarist from Newfoundland
Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by this unique musical lineage. This 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 live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
Matthew is currently promoting his second solo offering, Hearts & Heroes, which brilliantly showcases his musical growth as a traditional singer and guitarist and asserts a new level of musicianship and a skill with interpreting traditional songs. Once again, Byrne has teamed up with producer and musical partner Billy Sutton to create fresh and original arrangements of lesser-known traditional songs, which Byrne has either inherited from singers within his family or sought out himself. The influence of four years in a powerful and rhythmic trad group is evident in songs like “Bold Nelson” and “McAlpine’s Crew”, which showcase a thicker band sound and sit beautifully alongside the stark, stripped-down arrangements on the record. Hearts & Heroes is available in stores and online.