For Immediate Release
Thurs, Mar 12, 2015
Newfoundland Balladeer Matthew Byrne Announces April Tour Dates
Atlantic Canada & Northeastern US
April 14-28, 2015
St. John’s, NL– Next month, 2015 East Coast Music Award nominee, Matthew Byrne, is bringing his stunning new album, Hearts & Heroes, to select venues in Atlantic Canada before heading south for a string of shows in the Northeastern United States. Byrne, recently labeled “one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in this country” by Canada’s folk music bible, Penguin Eggs Magazine, is eager to bring this ‘new’ collection of old songs to folk and traditional enthusiasts in Halifax, Charlottetown and Saint John.
“The ECMAs will kick off a very exciting run of shows through the Maritimes and the Northeastern US,” says Byrne from his home in St. John’s. “It will be great to bring the new album to these awesome rooms. I’ve played some of them with The Dardanelles, but most will be first-time visits and I can’t wait!”
Following a family legacy of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne is strongly influenced by his unique musical lineage. He knows the tapestry of traditional songs equally weaves a great story with a beautiful melody. Stripped down, his live show offers powerful honesty, polished guitar work, masterful storytelling, and a voice that transports time, place, and oceans.
Known to many as singer and bouzouki player with highly acclaimed trad band, The Dardanelles, Byrne has quickly earned his place as one of Atlantic Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He has toured nationally and internationally throughout the US, UK, and Australia.
With songs that possess old world grace yet still sound fresh and new, Hearts & Heroes showcases Byrne at his finest. Produced by Billy Sutton in St. John’s, NL, this album combines traditional songs from Byrne’s family singing tradition with those he has sussed out himself from singers abroad. It is an album that translates seamlessly to the live stage, and is nominated at the upcoming East Coast Music Awards for Roots/Trad Solo Recording of the Year. It is an artfully crafted follow-up to his debut album Ballads, released in 2010.
Atlantic Canada Dates:
Apr 14: The Company House, Halifax, NS
Apr 15: Marc’s Lounge, Charlottetown, PE
Apr 16: Homeport B&B, Saint John, NB, (888)678-7678
Northeastern United States Dates:
Apr 17: Acoustic Artisans, Portland, MN
Apr 18: Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, Rosindale, MA
Apr 19: Crossroads Music, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 20: Folk Music Society of NY, Landmark Tavern, NY, NY
Apr 22: Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Silver Spring, MD
Apr 23: House Concert, 76 Spring Rock Rd, East Lyme, CT
Apr 25: New England Folk Festival, Melrose, MA
Apr 26: House Concert, 3 Griffin Rd, Epsom, NH
Apr 28: House Concert, Shelbourne, VT
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