Summer shows & another new video!

Summer rolls on with solo shows and festivals with The Dards. Montana and Yellowknife were both amazing experiences. My first time in either place…two very different and very beautiful places. Next stop with The Dards is Ontario for the Blue Skies Music Festival. From all reports, this is a gem of the Canadian folk festival circuit and we’re pretty pumped to play it. If you’re there, please come say hello! After that there’s George Street Festival, NFLD Folk Festival, Woody Point Writers Festival, and a slew of NL solo shows that will take me all over the island. Bring it on! Check out the Shows pages for specific dates and venues. Wicked.

I also have another video to share! The second one we shot at beautiful Emma Butler Art Gallery in St. John’s. Thanks again to Paul Hayward! This song was originally written by Norman Blake with the title ‘Billy Gray’, and was then recorded by Planxty, who renamed it ‘True Love Knows No Season’ (which is what I went with). I’ve always loved its lyrics – a song that sounds so much older than it actually is. Hope you enjoy!

Brand new video.

Well, with the new album out in the world now, it’s high time I released a video. I recently recruited my good buddy Paul Hayward to make this happen. Paul is a long-time supporter of my music and a downright ninja with the lens, so it was very exciting to get him on board. We chose the stunning Emma Butler Art Gallery in downtown St. John’s as our shooting location. A beautiful, bright room where we could surround ourselves with works of art by Newfoundland’s very best. So a huge thanks to Emma for opening her doors to this – she’s just the best. The first song we shot is Claudie’s Banks…a beautiful ‘broken token’ ballad that made it’s way to Newfoundland many years ago. The version I sing comes from the MacEdward Leach folk song collection. Leach collected it from Mrs. K. McCarthy of St. Shotts, Newfoundland. I wrote a guitar arrangement and varied the melody slightly, and it’s become one of my favourites to sing. Hope you enjoy! We have some more videos in the works – I’ll be posting the next one very shortly.

‘Hearts & Heroes’ is now available!

Well, it’s official. My new album – Hearts & Heroes – is officially released and available for purchase! Thanks so very much to everyone who attended the release concert on Saturday in St. John’s – it was a special evening for me. It feels great to finally get these songs out there. I’m so proud of this project and so grateful to all of the amazing people who contributed to it. Physical copies can be purchased from Fred’s Records and digital copies are available from CDBaby and iTunes. I have a busy summer of solo and Dards shows upon me and I’m also working on some really cool videos that I’ll post in a few weeks. Enjoy the album! And if our paths cross out on the road, please come say hello!

CD Release Concert Announced for ‘Hearts & Heroes’

Very exciting news, folks! I will be doing a full concert on May 31st at George Street United Church in St. John’s to celebrate the release of “Hearts & Heroes.” I’ll have some very special guests join me throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased either online or in-store by at Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street. It will be a special evening. Tell a friend!

BRAND NEW ALBUM & BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

Well folks, I am so very excited to announce that my brand new album – Hearts & Heroes – will be released on May 31st.  I am so proud of this record and I just cannot wait to get it out of my hands and into yours. I recruited my good friend Phil Maloney to create a trailer video for the album, which you can view below. And you can get a sneak peak of some tracks by using the music player in the sidebar.

To celebrate the release, I’m doing a full concert in St. John’s with several very special musical guests. So stay tuned as I’ll be announcing all of those details very soon. In the meantime, a busy Spring continues. I head to Ottawa on Wednesday for a really exciting solo show at the National Arts Centre, which is hosted by the Ottawa Storytelling Festival. The NAC is renowned for great performances as well as awesome audiences, so I’m honoured to play there. Then I head across the pond to the UK to join The Dardanelles for a two week tour of Scotland, which concludes with the Shetland Folk Festival. What a time that’ll be. And when I get back, it’s almost release time. Tell a friend!

Have a poke around my shiny new website. Hope you like it! I’ll be adding new stuff regularly, so don’t be a stranger. And as always, if you’re at a show, come say hi! And if you’re on “the twitter”, hit me up.

Wicked,
Matthew